Cashel native, Pádraig Ó Mathúna first taught himself silversmithing by closely studying ancient metal work in the National Museum while he was studying Pharmacy. He went on to become one Ireland’s foremost craftspeople –as silversmith, goldsmith, painter and enamellist. Pieces of his work can be seen in the National Museum, in the Vatican Collection, in private, corporate and
church collections, both nationally and internationally. And, of course, go into any jewellery box in Cashel and you will most likely find one of his pieces! Pádraig passed away in January this year and Cashel Arts Festival is honoured to present this Retrospective Exhibition. This may be the last chance to see this many of his pieces in one location and an opportunity not to be missed. Exhibiting in Cashel library from Thursday September 18th-Sunday 22nd.
Short Talks on Pádraig Ó Mathúna Retrospective Exhibition
To acknowledge the importance of Pádraig’s work Cashel Arts Festival are also hosting an afternoon of short talks and presentations.
- Siobhán Ní Mhathúna will give a daughter’s insight into how Pádraig worked including the perils of working on pioneering enamel craft when you share an electricity supply with the baker next door!
- Cian O’Carroll, his nephew, will discuss his silver-working techniques, some as old as the Bronze Age.
- Edith Andrees, from the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History, will give a presentation on how Pádraig’s work is of national and international importance.
Cost: Free but booking advised through Cashel Library as spaces limited. Tel: (062) 63825