What To Do Between Christmas and the New Year?

Yes indeed, what to do?  After the festivities are festivitied - after all the ceremonies, the lighting of candles, the opening of presents, the cooking and the eating of Christmas breakfasts and dinners, the near disasters, the cranberry sauces, the stuffing, the turkey sandwiches, the Christmas cake, the sweets, the mince pies - things go quiet; and then,  what do you do?

Well, you might be interested in a nice leisurely visit to one of my old art exhibitions. Here’s a link to one that I had in the renovated Crumlin Road Jail in Belfast in 2009.  You can also listen to a podcast about it from there.


But some people will be sitting down with a good book - at last, some peace and quiet - others taking to the couch to watch the telly, others going for walks, trying to regain the use of their legs and of course there’s you, sitting at the computer (or is it the new Ipad?) and you’re looking for inspiration.  Well, you’re not alone.  That’s what I’m at, too.

Outside Crumlin Road Jail, Belfast


Well, this couch comes from an art installation I’ve put together a couple of times. It’s from an exhibition about the homeless and it was an installation of drawings in black marker on cardboard. If you were out on the street, what would you long for? Somewhere comfortable to sit, maybe? I don’t know, lucky for me, I was never in that situation.

 If you want to see more images from that exhibition, (it was a travelling exhibition that went to Dublin, Limerick, Belfast and Port Laoise and it was reviewed by Cristín Leach in the Sunday Times), you could click on:


So there’s some thoughts of mine, I’d love to hear from you. I'd appreciate your feedback. You could follow my blog if you like and get weekly updates - see: https://emacl.wordpress.com/

Just one more item of news for you: I’ll be having a solo show in Áras Éanna on the Aran Islands in June 2015.  I’ll let you know about that nearer the time. In the meantime, "Ath Bhlian faoi Mhaise dhaoibh" (happy New Year) to all my friends on The Wild Geese.

Slán go fóill, Eoin 


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Tags: Art, Christmas, Ireland, Musings, Visual Arts

Comment by Gerry Regan on December 27, 2014 at 10:16am

Happy New Year, Eoin. We spent Day 1 (post-Christmas Day) adding the finishing touches to a post on The Wild Geese as my sweetheart slept in, then hitting the gym, going to that dreadfully depressing St. Stephen's Day mass, when we move from joy to, ahem, 'getting stoned,' and then to the stores, exchanging a new bike helmet for my proper size. We even dined at Costco, a big, big box store here on Long Island. The apostrophe -- catching a screening of "Into the Woods," which was based on a very self-indulgent work by Stephen Sondheim, melding classic (and sometimes grim) fairly tales into one plot line, a mishmash I found annoying and a tad confusing.

Back to my post here this morning!

Comment by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on December 27, 2014 at 11:39am

Well Gerry, it's quieter here.  I avoided the after-Christmas shopping. just went for a walk, a bit of fresh air.  all the best for now, eoin 

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Comment by That's Just How It Was on December 30, 2014 at 10:09am

I avoided the after Christmas crowds too . I am not a shopping person anyway - so took comfort from  the Sofa - watching the crows at the sales ; nearly crushing one another. Madness 

Comment by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on January 2, 2015 at 11:57am

Hi Mary, sorry I didn't see your comment - I've been away, visiting the relations... Back home now.  Happy New Year to you  :-)


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