Friday 23 March 2018

David Robbins: Hello everyone, my name is Dave, and I'm a ... tourist

David Robbins

The village of Roundstone in Co Galway is a pretty place. It has a picturesque harbour and its main street looks out over a bay to the long, finger-like island of Inisnee.

Its beauty attracted a school of artists in the 19th century. While their contemporaries were drawn to Barbizon and Concarneau in Brittany, they headed west to paint the big skies, rocky landscapes and noble peasants.

It's also home to Tim Robinson, an Englishman who had made the history, topography and folklore of Connemara his life's work. If you ever get lost on the wild and rather eerie Roundstone Bog, he's the man to have with you.

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