The members of the Kilmacanogue History Society thoroughly enjoyed their latest talk which took place this week in the Glenview Hotel. The guest speaker was Dr Éimear O’Connor, who presented a talk titled ‘Seán Keating Art Politics and Building the Irish Nation’. She explained that Seán Keating, who was born in 1889 and died in 1977, was an outstanding Irish artist who painted iconic images of the Irish War of Independence and the early industrial period in Ireland.
Dr O’Connor was a very distinguished guest to address the group as she is an art historian, curator, lecturer, art advisor and archivist. Born in Dublin, she began her professional career as a visual artist she has exhibited in Ireland, Denmark and North America. Dr O’Connor studied art history in UCD and was awarded a PhD from the School of Art History and Cultural Policy in 2008 and she is now a Research Associate with TRIARC-Irish Art Research Centre (TCD).
The society members now look forward to the March Lecture which will take place on Tuesday, March 7, when the Earl of Meath will present ‘The Brabazon Family History, and Killruddery House and Gardens’.