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"Enchanting Ireland"... Take an artistic journey to the Emerald Isle as seen through the eyes and palette of American Artist, Bernie Rosage Jr. A collection of paintings and adventures inspired by two trips Bernie and his wife, Tami, took to the Emerald Isle. The first trip was in 2008 and the second was in 2014.

Bernie has been blogging their adventures and the background of this collection on this blog... browse around and enjoy yourself.

Paintings are available for purchase... Click HERE to see the collection, availability, and prices.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ha' penny Bridge, Dublin, Ireland

Ha' penny Bridge, Dublin, Ireland.. 16x20" Oil on stretched canvas by Bernie Rosage Jr., 2009.

This is the best known of Dublin's bridges. It was built in 1816 and was the first iron bridge in Ireland. It is a single span structure with cast iron railings and decorative lamps and crosses the River Liffey. It was originally named the Liffey Bridge but is now called the Ha'penny because until 1919 to cross it there was a half-penny charge.

Tami and I must have crossed this Dublin landmark a hundred times (for FREE) in our three day stay there. It was so strange to see it finally get dark around 11 o'clock at night... this was painted from a photo I took... proof that we really stayed out LATE that night.

As you cross the Ha'penny bridge you enter the Temple Bar district through the Merchant's Arch which can be seen in this painting. The Merchant's Arch is a formal entry point to the area and dates from the days when ships sailed up the River Liffey to dock here and trade with local merchants.

Video of HA'PENNY BRIDGE Dublin Ireland set to U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday"

Video... Ha Penny Bridge on St. Paddy's Day

"Ross Castle"... Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland

"Ross Castle"... Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland... 14x18" Oil on gallery wrapped canvas by Bernie Rosage Jr. 2009.

This was our view of Ross Castle as we were enjoying our jaunting car ride through the Killarney National Park. It rained on and off that day... you get a sense of those ominous rain clouds rolling in in this painting.

Ross Castle sits on the edge of Killarney's lower lake and was built by O'Donoghue Mór in the 15th century. It was the last stronghold in Munster to hold out against Cromwell. It was eventually taken by General Ludlow in 1652.

Friday, April 24, 2009

"Ladies View"... Ring of Kerry, County Kerry, Ireland

"Ladies View"... Ring of Kerry, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland 14x18" Oil of gallery wrapped canvas by Bernie Rosage Jr., 2009.

Ladies View is a scenic point along of the Ring of Kerry, in Killarney National Park, Ireland. The name comes from admiration of the view given by Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting during their 1861 visit. Ladies View is the most famous and photographed view of Killarney and is approximately 11 miles from Killarney town, on the N71 to Kenmare.

Short YouTube video of "Ladies View" on the Ring of Kerry...

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Thatched Roof Cottage #3, County Clare, Ireland

Thatched Roof Cottage #3, County Clare, Ireland by Bernie Rosage Jr... 8x8x1.75" Oil on wood, 2009.

The Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

The Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland by Bernie Rosage Jr. 11x14" Oil on Gallery Wrapped canvas. 2009.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Blarney Castle, County Cork, Ireland

Blarney Castle, County Cork, Ireland... by Bernie Rosage Jr.
6x8" Oil on Panel, 2009.