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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.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Erin Grá Mo Chroí (Ireland Of My Heart)... Vale of Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland.

Erin Grá Mo Chroí (Ireland Of My Heart)... Vale of Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland... 18x24" Oil on gallery wrapped canvas by Bernie Rosage Jr., 2009.

What would a painting series of Ireland be without Celtic Crosses? This scene is set in Glendalough, County Wicklow, near the monastic Church of St Kevin. Glendalough (Gleann Dá Loch, “Valley of the Two Lakes”) is a fascinating monastic settlement in a spectacular natural setting just an hour south of Dublin. The monastery was founded by St. Kevin, a hermit monk who died about 618 AD. The extensive ruins of Glendalough include several early churches, a graceful round tower, and various sites associated with the life of St. Kevin.

The title for this piece was inspired by a verse in the song Erin Gra' Mo Chroi (pronounced Erin Grah Ma Cree and translated... Ireland of my Heart). A fitting title since the small island did exactly that... captured our hearts!

Song verse from Erin Gra' Mo Chroi that inspired this painting...

On the day that I did part, well it broke my mother’s heart, Will I ever see my dear ones anymore? Not until my bones are laid in that cold and silent grave, In my own native land so far away..

Chorus: Erin gra mo chroi, you’re the dear old land to me, You’re the fairest that my eyes have ever seen, And if ever I go home, it’s from you I never will roam, My own native land far away.

Interesting links:

St. Kevin - founder of Glendalough

Kevin of Glendalough

History of Glendalough

Youtube video of Shannon Lambert-Ryan & Runa performing Erin, Grá Mo Chroí...

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