Old School, Owey Island, Ireland


Oil on Linen Canvas, 30×24 cm, unframed

The Old School, abandoned in 1971, on Owey Island, which lies just a short distance off Cruit Island in west County Donegal. Standing on the brow of a hill, and missing its roof. This is the school for younger children. When they were old enough the children would then be sent to the mainland for their secondary school education. The children had to bring a sod of turf to school each morning. The turf was fuel for the fire and the idea was that they provided the heating for the schoolroom in the cold months. As the teacher’s table and chair were at the front of the room, they would usually sit right in front of the fire. When I used to be a teacher, I used to teach in a “temporary” demountable classroom (it had been there for 40 years) and in winter, I would often stand next to the gas fire, myself. So I liked that idea! It makes me feel sad that although families have returned in the summer to restore the homes on Owey, the school no one has put a new roof on the four walls.  


ORIGINAL ART BY Emma Cownie – Finest quality oil paintings on linen canvas –Only the highest quality archival fine art grade oil paints are used on the surface.

READY TO HANG – Edges of the canvas are painted so the Art is ready to hang without a frame if required.

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Old School, Owey Island
Old School, Owey Island

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Dimensions 24 × 30 × 2 cm


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