For generations Achill Island has been attracting artists and writers to it’s western shores, where the constantly changing light and tempestuous elements have proven irresistible. In 1998 well known Irish sculptor Ronan Halpin followed this path and now lives and works outside the village of Keel. (look out for the Hare!)
Inspired by the surrounding majestic landscape and seascape, this raw, unspoilt beauty is reflected in his work which is individually handmade using steel, brass and bronze in his own studio workshop.
The Ronan Halpin Gallery has been in operation since 1999 and is open to the public during the summer months. Alongside his smaller sculptural work, which mainly consist of animals and figurative pieces, Ronan also produces items of furniture, mirrors and lighting.
Also on show is the work of Amanda Mac Mahon who produces local landscapes and paintings which document man’s impact on our environment. Ronan’s most recent large scale sculpture commission ‘Sentinel’ can be seen standing over 6 metres tall in the nearby town of Westport. The sculpture along with the surrounding public realm space won the Peoples Choice Award 2016, presented by the RAI.