Fethard Horse Country Experience is thrilled to announce upcoming exclusive exhibition of ‘Sheela na Gig – Venetian Glass Sculptures’ by Carmel Mooney.

Carmel Mooney

International artist, Carmel Mooney, born in Kilkenny and lives and works in Dublin, has earned widespread recognition not only in Ireland, but across Europe and the Far East. Her early paintings are rooted in the mythology of the Irish Landscape, with its Stone Circles, Fairy Trees and Ancient Bogs. Several years were spent painting fiery volcanic landscapes in Europe, in particular Mount Etna in Sicily. Her Firebird series; a range of colourful glass sculptures, arose following an invitation to the Berengo Fine Arts Glass Studio at Murano, near Venice. This experience tempted her return to medieval times and create glass sculptures of the Sheela na Gigs.

Sheela na Gig

Much confusion and controversy has surrounded these enigmatic figures which remain carved in stone on medieval churches and castles in Ireland. They are a medieval mystery and part of our heritage. Here, a sense of these figures is interpreted through the medium of glass, executed in the furnace in Murano, Venice. These unique glass sculptures are the culmination of Carmel’s deep-rooted affinity with rural Ireland, featured in her paintings.


The exhibition will be opened by Maureen Beary Ryan, Art Historian, Former Director of the friends of the National Gallery of Ireland at 6:30pm on Thursday November 2nd at FHC Experience and will continue to Thursday November 23rd, open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm. All are welcome.

For more information please check: www.carmelmooney.ie