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Local sculptor’s new exhibition opens in the Laois Arthouse

The Art House in Stradbally
The Art House in Stradbally

The Laois Arthouse is hosting an exhibition entitled ‘Illustrating Joyce’s Finnegans Wake’, by Thomas Mc Nally, and the event promises to be a fun and illuminating in Stradbally, Laois.

It kicked off at 2pm on Saturday, June 9 and will run until the end of the month.

The exhibition at the Arthouse in Stradbally consists of McNally’s illustrations of these fables.

The drawings and paintings on display offers visitors a unique perspective on the often bizarre, but always hilarious world of Joyce’s later writing.

McNally’s illustrations strive to capture the humour that is at the heart of Finnegans Wake, and his child-like and colourful illustrations make Joyce’s literary achievement accessible to a much wider audience.

Thomas McNally is an artist and philosopher from Portlaoise. His philosophical publications include the book, Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Language (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

He has published two books of illustrations, both with the Lilliput Press: The Ondt and the Gracehoper (2014) and The Mookse and the Gripes (2018).

The opening will be performed by Emmet Byrne. Emmet is a proud Laois man from Ballyroan. He attended Heywood Community College, before he started acting at 21 in the Drama Society in NUI, Galway where completed a MA in Drama and Theatre.

He then moved to Dublin to pursue an acting career and since has acted on stages around Ireland including: The Abbey, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and The Gaiety in Dublin as well as most recently starring in RTÉ’s Striking Out as Ray Lamont.

At 4pm on Saturday, Invincible Spirit, by Simon Carman was on view for the public to see in McKeon Stone, Stradbally, Co Laois before it is installed in the national Stud, Co Kildare.

Simon made the work over the last number of months in Mc Keon Stone, whilst residing at the Laois Arthouse.

The ‘Illustrating Joyce’s Finnegans Wake’ exhibition will run until Friday June 29, 2018 in the Laois Arthouse, Stradbally.

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