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SIGHTS OF THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY



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Confronted with sheer cliff faces, rugged landscapes and lapping tides, the sights of the Wild Atlantic Way allow for a certain kind of reflection. Meet the artists and makers who live and work along Ireland’s most westerly coastline – a place that quietens the mind and fuels creativity.

Where wild Irish landscape collides with the dramatic Atlantic seascape, you’ll find them: painters, visual artists, craftspeople and designers who draw their inspiration from the rugged beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way - 2,500km of coastal road at the edge of Europe. Here, they live and create. 

 
 

As seasons come and go, the colour of the landscape changes. And yet, the Wild Atlantic Way remains timeless, barely touched by people, culture and tradition. Rather, it's the people who are profoundly shaped by their surroundings. Ireland's western coast is a place that is primal, mysterious and sensory. Creatives from every discipline are drawn here. 

Catch a glimpse of some of the experiences just waiting to be discovered in this short film.

 
  • Working closely with the Molloy family are Aoibheann MacNamara and Triona Lillis of The Tweed Project.
 

MEET THE ARTISTS


Designers Jo Anne and Gearóid of Superfolk moved to Westport in County Mayo in 2013, after meeting in art school in Dublin more than ten years ago. The pair say their simple furniture and homeware designs are "for people who love the wild outdoors."  The landscape and their work are intertwined.

200km farther north along the Wild Atlantic Way route, you’ll find Molloy & Sons, a father-son team who craft Donegal tweed from their workshop in Ardara. Together they preserve a heritage that spans five family generations by fusing traditional craftsmanship with modern techniques. Inspiration surrounds them. From dramatic ocean waves to abrupt hills and mountains, the elements of this region are echoed in the colours woven into each finished piece.

Working closely with the Molloy family are Aoibheann MacNamara and Triona Lillis of The Tweed Project. This modest clothing range operates from a small studio in Galway and travels up along the Wild Atlantic Way to Donegal to produce tweed. Using exclusively Irish fabrics, their approach is to create garments with a modern sensibility that reflects present-day Irish design. 

 
 

For artist Charles Tyrrell, the remote and striking Beara Peninsula has been his place of work for over thirty years. Removed from the buzz of the art world, out here, great work happens in the space between the painter and his canvas. Observing the power of the landscape and the ocean around him, Tyrrell says he is not intentionally motivated by it, although it does play a role. “This is the dance I’m engaged in. Often it is a dance of avoiding the landscape… but I understand how it happens as I know I flirt with [it] and this has consequences."

 
 

Discover artists who live and work on the Wild Atlantic Way in this article, or explore the route further here.

 

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