Tadhg Mcsweeney, Painter - A Film Portrait by Dónal Ó Céilleachair · 2014

The Muskerry West Cork Gaeltacht has a legendary reputation for its traditional music and for its poetry. But amongst the community there are also a flourishing and growing number of artists working there, inspired by the magic of the surrounding landscape and it’s cultural heritage.

Described by Con Houlihan as “one of our leading painters”, Tadhg McSweeney was born here in 1936. He is a well-traveled artist - having trained in Dublin, London and in Italy - and he has held solo exhibitions throughout the world; honing and perfecting his craft for over 50 years. But despite the lure of the greater world, Tadhg continues to reside in the area, finding apparently endless inspiration in the natural landscapes and themes of his home surroundings.

Brian Lynch writes ‘The simplicity, the stubbornness, the freshness, and the joy he finds in nature are facets of an ongoing self-portrait, expressions of the soul of an original artistic personality. He is in the tradition of Irish genius, but there is no genius like him. Tadgh McSweeney is unique’.

This film is an intimate portrait of a unique Irish artist, who continues to find extraordinary beauty in the absolutely ordinary, while illuminating a whole other way of looking at the world around us, in the process.

Premiered at the Cork Film Festival · Winner of The Cork Shorts Award, Cork Film Festival. 'Speaking of the winning film, the jury commented, “We are delighted to award filmmaker Dónal Ó Céilleachair for the outstanding way in which he captures the talent and spirit of this artist.” The film features music by Fiona Kelleher, Caomhín Ó Raghallaigh, 3Triúr, and Peadar Ó Riada. See more work from Dónal Ó Céilleachair at Anú Pictures.

Tribute to Tadhg McSweeney · Video by Fintan Vallely · Music: 'The Cill na Martra Exile’, played by Connie O’Connell