Artist Jim Dowling

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 Thirty-six of Ireland’s most popular folk songs are now paintings appearing on this site, including Finnegan's Wake (shown above), My Wild Irish Rose, Toora Loora, The Parting Glass, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, The Old Man, The Wild Rover, The Meeting of the Waters, By the Rising of the Moon, Faith of Our Fathers, Red is the Rose, Tis the Last Rose of Summer, My Wild Irish Rose, A Little Bit of Heaven, The Foggy Dew, A Cottage in Old Donegal, John McCormack’s Silent Hour of Prayer, The Old House, the sensitive Theme from Wind Dance, and the beautiful and reverent  Hymn to Our Lady of Knock.    
 My research for The Knock Apparition painting is an on-going act of devotion. It has taken me several years, two visits to the Shrine, and five paintings before I felt I had it right. My research has also moved me to tell the story of the witnesses, whose names are unknown to most people.  Many know about St. Bernadette of Lourdes and the three children of Fatima, but few outside Ireland know about Mary Beirne, Patrick Hill, John Curry, Judith Campbell and Bridget Trench, five of the 15 acknowledged Knock witnesses. I hope to change that. In this effort I have been aided by some wonderful folks at the Knock Shrine Museum in Ireland who have supplied me with information whenever I requested it, and by Sister Gerard Mary of the Little Sisters of the Poor in New York City. Sister gave me precious information about John Curry, the youngest witness at five years of age. In his senior years he lived at a home run by the Little Sisters in New York, where he died May 27, 1943.  
Painting Irish songs isn't anything new.  In 1846 Daniel Maclise published a book of illustrations depicting many of Thomas Moore's Irish poems that  became songs.  Maclise was born in Cork City [...]

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