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Ireland in Color - Painting Tour of Ireland

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Painting Workshop in Ireland with Hugh O’Neill

Beginner and Intermediate Painting Tour of Ireland

From beginner to experienced, painters of every level are welcome to join Hugh O’Neill as he sets up class in Doolin, County Clare for a week of sketching, painting or photographing the gorgeous landscapes that make Ireland so magical.

Voted “Best Known Irish Artist” by Palm Beach Illustrated and featured in “The Top 100 Irish Americans” of Irish America, O’Neill will not only share his experience of painting but Ireland as well.

If you are traveling with an artist, we will offer daily touring of the local area to ensure your trip to Ireland is unforgettable.

Your Host, Internationally-Acclaimed Hugh O'Neill:

Ireland Painting Workshop with Hugh O'Neill, ireland

Countless students have sought out Hugh O'Neill's gifted teaching and painting skills including major Art instutions such as the Armory Art Center and the Lighthouse Center for the Arts in his home state of Florida.

Hugh O'Neill was born in the historic city of Belfast, Ireland in 1959. O'Neill began drawing and painting at an the early age of five. He studied for Fine Arts Degree at the established University of Ulster in Belfast City Ireland spending some of that time also studying in Nante and Paris, France.His University thesis research was entitled "Painters of Peasants in 19th century France"

After graduating with a major honors degree in 1985 O'Neill returned to France, painting for a period of time in and around the towns of Nice and Antibes. O'Neill has gained national and international recognition as one of the most gifted and collected of painters working today. His exhibitions are keenly attended and enjoy sell out success. He now resides in Southeast Florida.His expert knowledge of art history,art materials and the business of art is derived from a qualified teaching experience and as a successful working artist.

Where You Will Paint:

Doolin scenery, ireland

We have chosen Doolin as a base for the Ireland in Color Workshop, offering pristine views of the ocean, Aran Islands, Doonagore Castle, the docks, rolling hills, pastures and livestock. The location is gorgeous but also functional, putting you within a short walking distance to the docks as well as the pubs within the village, world-reknown for their traditional Irish music each night.

While the village itself gives you plenty of scenery and different landscapes to hone your painting, it will also give your non-painting companions a chance to get out and explore. Dotted with walking trails, just minutes from the Cliffs of Moher and a short drive to the Burren, Doolin offers your companions a bit more of Ireland than they might imagine. We are planning a one-day trip to Galway to explore and shop, a stop at Poulnabrone Dolem and the Burren Perfumery as well as a hike to the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher.

The final night at Dromoland was selected to make your last night mor relxing and enjoyable without having everyone at the airport at the same time, waiting for flights to depart throughout the day. Enjoy the grounds of Dromoland for one last day of painting, sketching and photographing this amazing castle hotel -- the pond, golf course or walled gardens. There will be several departures for the airport the following morning to ensure no one is rushed or arrives too early.

Where You Will Stay:

While you spend your days painting with Hugh, we know it's very important to have a "home" away from home and we've chosen hotels that will ensure you have everything you need along with the customary Irish hospitality.

While in Doolin you will spend 5 nights at the 4-star boutique hotel Tir Gan Ean, ideally situated in the center of the village and just a short walk to the docks or the pubs and restaurants. With just 12 rooms you're assured a quiet, relaxing atmosphere with all of the amenities you're accustomed to: large paslma TV, mini bar, tea & coffee making facilities in room, queen-size beds, bath robe, safe, iron & ironing board and hair dryer. Enjoy heated floors in the bathroom and tiled entrances, fluffy duvets and pillows with the most comfortable beds we've ever experienced traveling Ireland.

With an on-site pub, you can enjoy a pint of Guinness or any other drink before retiring for the night!

Most of all, we have worked with Becky, the owner, in the past... she and her staff will ensure you are comfortable and make sure you have everything you need during your stay.

Dromoland Castle 4-star deluxe hotel, Ireland

What trip to Ireland is complete without a final farewell at Dromoland Castle, Ireland's most famous 5-star hotel just minutes from the Shannon Airport. Enjoy the luxuries and live like a King or Queen, if but for one night. With a reputation built on its unparalleled warm hospitality, you will understand what a special experience it is to stay at Dromoland Castle.

For the non-painters on the tour, we can arrange golf, horse riding or book you in for some treatments at their deluxe spa!

Don't forget, your Farewell Dinner at Dromoland is included!

Tour Inclusions:

  • Individualized instruction with Hugh O’Neill (October 5 – 9)
  • 5 nights at 4-star boutique hotel Tir Gan Ean, Doolin, County Clare
  • Welcome dinner at McHugh’s Pub, Liscannor, County Clare
  • Last night at 5-star Dromoland Castle
  • Full Irish breakfast daily
  • Transportation to and from hotel to painting sites (October 5 – 9)
  • Optional touring for non-painters daily
  • Transfers are included with a 9am and noon departure

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Painting materials and equipment (you may pre-order and have it delivered to the hotel)
  • Meals (other than those listed above) and alcoholic beverages
  • Admission to any tourist attractions or transportation other than our daily touring guide (to be published later)
  • Gratuities for your driver

Travel Protection Insurance:

  • Travel Protection Insurance is strongly recommend and available for purchase. Please see our Payment Authorization form for details.

Deposit & Payment:

  • Deposit of $200 per person is requirement to reserve your place on this tour
  • Tour deposit is non-refundable
  • Final payment is due August 4, 2009

Tour Rates / Cost:

This workshop is limited to just 16 travelers to ensure hands-on instruction with Hugh. Please call or download the registration form today to ensure you seat on this tour as it is already filling up fast.

Painters: $2200 per person, land only (double occupancy)
Non-Painters: $1800 per person, land only (double occupancy)

Single supplement is $300 for a private room throughout.