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Paris, London and Freshford

by Jimmy Rhatigan

FÉILE Lachtain 2022 continues IN Freshford at the weekend with the bicentenary of artist and illustrator Edmund Fitzpatrick. 

A   celebration of the life and work of artist Margaret Allen will be held on Saturday. 

Edmund Fitzpatrick was born in Freshford in 1822. He was a noted artist and became an illustrator for the London Times, working from 1848-1864. 

He exhibited in Dublin and London and on one occasion an advertisement noted his places of work as Paris, London and Freshford. 

The bicentenary will be marked with the publication of Ned Kennedy’s booklet on his life and work.

The later  will be launched on Friday, May 6 at 8pm in St Lachtain’s Church of Ireland by Lord Bellew of Barmeath Castle whose ancestors, from nearby Jenkinstown House, commissioned paintings from the artist. 


An exhibition of available paintings and illustrations by Fitzpatrick will be open at Ionad Lachtain Heritage Centre, beside the church, on Friday night and from 11.30 to 4.30 on Saturday and Sunday. 

Proceeds from the sale of the booklet go to the Heritage Centre. 

Also on Saturday Dublin-based author Derville Murphy will deliver a lecture on the life and work of Margaret Allen, the first female member of the Royal Hibernian Academy. 

Derville has written a novel based on the life of Margaret Allen who ended her days at Brookville in Lisdowney. 

The lecture will be at St Lachtain’s Church of Ireland at 3 pm on Saturday, May 7.  

As these are amongst the signature events of Féile Lachtain, support would be greatly appreciated. Entry is free to both events.   

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