Walk with Edith

Walk with Edith during the 2018 Copper Coast Festival

On the afternoon of Saturday May 26th take a walk through time with the Edith Colliers Bunmahon Heritage Society.

We will walk in the footsteps of the lady artists who attended a summer school in Bunmahon in 1914 and 1915. Meeting at noon at the Copper Coast Geopark visitor centre members of the Tramore Promenaders will walk in full 1914 costume to the historic Faugheen Church where they will stop for a picnic and to sketch or paint the beautiful surroundings before talking a leisurely walk back to the visitor centre for about 4pm. Members of the Edith Colliers Bunmahon Heritage Society will be on hand to tell you a little of the history.

Image www.hamersleyart.com

This is a free event.
This is a Copper Coast Festival Event.
This is a family friendly event.
All are welcome.
This event is weather dependant.
Packed lunches will be available to purchase from the Copper Coast Café.
Not up to the walk? You are welcome to cycle or drive.
Please note there are no toilet facilities near Faugheen church.

Photo by Sean Fitzsimons

Margaret McPherson’s connection with Bunmahon

In 1914, attracted by the beautiful scenery and the low cost of living, the charismatic Australian artist Margaret McPherson took a party of lady art students to Bunmahon on what is now Ireland’s Copper Coast. In the 19th century Bunmahon had a thriving copper mining industry. Unfortunately the ore ran out and the industry collapsed. The villagers now struggled to survive on subsistence farming and fishing. Nonetheless McPherson wrote about the area ‘such cliff scenery, it’s quite heroic’.



With the advent of war in Europe, Margaret relocated from Paris to London where she studied ceramics and design. In the summer of 1914, aged 39, Margaret travelled to Bunmahon in Southern Ireland with her friend and assistant Gladys Reynell. They returned again in the summer of 1915. While lodging cheaply with the local people Margaret ran a summer school teaching painting and woodblock printing. Twenty one students attended the summer schools including the New Zealand born artist Edith Collier. Edith attended both years.

Painter and printmaker Margaret Rose McPherson (later Preston) is regarded as one of Australia’s leading early 20th century modernists.


Thank You For Making Our Bunmahon Gala A Success!

Thank You For Making Our Bunmahon Gala A Success!

from the Edith Collier’s Bunmahon Heritage Society.

Seamie, Mary, and baby Katie Grace

Following on from the success of last year, on Saturday 10th of June 2017 we held our second Bunmahon Gala. This year we were part of the Copper Coast festival. The sun shone on upon us, much to everyone’s delight and great fun was had by all. Our gratitude to those who attended and gave so generously.

John Galloway and Rob Collier

We had surprise guests on the day. A curious coincidence brought Rob and Amanda Collier all the way from New Zealand to share the Gala with us. Rob is the grand-nephew of the artist Edith Collier. They happily agreed to become our guests for the afternoon and judged the costume competition.

Olive Clancy and Josephine Battye

The Edith Collier’s Bunmahon Heritage Society would like to thank everyone who made the Bunmahon Gala such a fantastic success this year! Our Period Costume Competition prizes were generously sponsored by Devereux Manshop  The Copper Coast B&B and the Copper Coast Geopark  The staff and children of Knockmahon National School kindly hosted our event. The students created a filmed history project with the help of Angela Mulcahy. It was screened on the day, and it was enjoyed by young and old.

Rob Collier and Lily Byrne

Our special thanks to all those who worked preparing and helping on the day; Breda Colfer, Seamus O’Brien, Mary Daye Guiry, Gretta Whelan, Orlaith Hamersley, Shirley Walsh, Helen Walsh, and Katherine Walsh. Thank you to those who donated cakes and treats for the tea room and prizes for the tombola special thanks to Rosie O’Donoghue.

Best dressed gentleman Brian McConnell
Fun and games on the lawn
Helen Walsh
Shirley Walsh
Breda Colfer

Orlaith Hamersley

Katherine Walsh

We are delighted to have with the help of the public pinpointed the location of the Edith Collier painting “Farmhouse” more about that soon!

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The Sarjeant gallery in Whanganui New Zealand recently sent us a digital copy of a painting that we hadn’t seen before.

The painting titled ‘Farmhouse’ depicts a building nestled in a green valley with a stream. Jennifer Taylor Moore, curator of the Sarjeant gallery, has given the Edith Collier’s Bunmahon Heritage Society permission to reproduce the oil painting. We will have the reproduction on display at our Gala on June 10th and we are trying to pinpoint the local site which inspired Edith Collier. We would love to hear where you think the location of the painting is, as would the Sarjeant gallery! Last year we successfully identified the location of the watercolour ‘Buildings and Boilers’. A reproduction of this painting will also be on display. The 2017 Bunmahon Gala on June 10th is part of the Copper Coast Festival. The event is in aid of the Bonmahon Community Society and will take place in Knockmahon school between 1pm and 5pm on Saturday June 10th. A wide selection of activities are planned such as old fashioned lawn games, a tombola, historical costume competition, photo booth, and more. Fun for all the family, entry is free and all are welcome! see http://www.edithcolliersbunmahon.wordpress.com for more details.


Bunmahon Gala!

Bunmahon Gala!

Preparations are under way for the 2017 Bunmahon Gala on June 10th as part of the Copper Coast Festival. The event organised by the Edith Collier’s Bunmahon Heritage Society is in aid of the Bonmahon Community Society and will take place in Knockmahon school between 1pm and 5pm on Saturday June 10th. A wide selection of activities are planned such as old fashioned lawn games, Mrs. Colfer’s famous tombola, historical costume competition and more. Fun for all the family! Our friend Seamie O’Brien will be MC on the day.


The children from Knockmahon school will also unveil their latest innovative history project. The audio visual presentation by the school children is a short video of the pupils dressed as their favourite historical figures connected with Bunmahon and giving a brief description of their lives. One of the historical figures will be Edith Collier. The video will be researched, written and directed by the children themselves. The children will also have a stall selling herbs, jam, and more on the afternoon.

We are delighted that Devereux Manshop in Dungarvan will sponsor the first prize for the best dressed man in our historical costume competition. The Copper Coast Geopark will sponsor the best dressed boy and girl. Best dressed lady prize will be sponsored by Copper Coast B&B.

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday June 10th!

See the Copper Coast Festival Facebook page for more information www.facebook.com/coppercoastfestival

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