Margo ‘imagines’ the bear sitting majestically in and around her mother’s field in Teeromoyle resting in the shadow of theTeeromoyle Mountain, (Sliabh Thír Ó mBaoil) in South West Kerry. Her mother’s house is long gone but the field where the house was remains unchanged and ‘I have painted this field many times’… says Margo. Now inhabited by mostly hares her drawings representing the many charming antics of the wild and playful animals are so bountiful as to merit THE HARE ROOM – a room of its own at the forthcoming Origin exhibition.
The artist takes her inspiration from the words of poet William Cowpers’ Epitaph on a Hare …
Epitaph on a Hare
Here lies, whom hound did ne’er pursue,
Nor swifter greyhound follow,
Whose foot ne’er tainted morning dew,
Nor ear heard huntsman’s hallo’,
OldTiney, surliest of his kind,
Who, nursed with tender care,
And to domesticate bounds confined,
Was still a wild jack-hare.
A study of the DNA of ancient brown bear bones in Ireland proved that the maternal ancestors of modern polar bears were Irish. Conditions in Ireland at the end of the last ice age resembled those of Alaska today. Polar bears may have been stranded here and brown bears could have mated with them, accounting for the presence of their DNA sequences in some polar bears today. Our Irish bears were, in fact, brown-polar hybrids.
The last wolf in Ireland was killed in 1786 in Ballydarton, Co. Carlow by a farmer called John Watson, whose sheep were getting eaten.”
There are recent reports of government considering bringing back the wolves again to Ireland as part of an effort to control the expanding deer population.
Added to this extraordinary studies from the artist are striking paintings of gannets, jackdaws and foxes.