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66th Wexford Opera Festival

19th October-5th November 2017

67th Wexford Festival Opera

2018 marks the 67th Anniversary of the Wexford Opera Festival. Since 1951 this town has hosted what has become know as one of the World's most remarkable small festivals. The Festival has gained an enviable international reputation for the quality of its performances and the unique atmosphere that this quintessential community Festival generates in Wexford.  Each year the Talbot Hotel Wexford offers complimentary bus transfers to all Guests attending the Opera at the Wexford Opera House. All guests staying in the Hotel can avail of our complimentary Shuttle service from the Hotel to the National Opera House. We are delighted to once again host some of the countries most renowned artists as they showcase their work during this years festival, Art Exhibitions are open daily for the duration of the festival. see full details below or download our Exhibition Trail HERE

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Jacinta Crowley-Long, Pike Suite: 19th -29th October
Jacinta is a professional artist who has a deserved reputation as Ireland’s foremost contemporary canine and equestrian artist. She exhibits internationally at Christies and the Mall Galleries, London; The Salon de la Rochelle and the American Academy of Equine Art. Her paintings are held in corporate and private collections worldwide, including the OPW, De Beers, SA, ETP and BP Dublin, The Society of Equestrian Artists and the En Plein Eire painters and is represented by various galleries in Ireland.  In 2014 and 2015 she received 4 American Art Awards juried by the 25 best USA galleries with submissions from 50 countries. This is her 22nd year exhibiting in the Talbot Hotel Wexford.  View Jacinta’s exhibition online at

Dónal Ó Braonáin ANCAD, Webb Suite: 19th Oct - 4th Nov
Donal attended the National College of Art & Design, of which he is an associate member of ANCAD, where he won the coveted NCAD prize in the History of Art & Design. During his childhood he spent most of his time on the Barrow which is one of the sources of his love of boats and his translucent river scenes show his love of light & reflections. Donal’s work hangs in Banks and Corporate Offices and in numerous houses throughout Ireland and abroad. 

Darragh Treacy, Maguire Suite: 19th Oct - 4th Nov
Darragh Treacy was born in 1973 and raised just outside Avoca, Co. Wicklow. Darragh is predominately self taught and favours the use of oils with an impressionist style. It was Darragh’s father, the artist Liam Treacy, that first introduced Darragh to painting “en plein air”, something which Darragh still enjoys today.  Darragh’s subject matter is varied and includes still-life, landscapes and street scenes. Having exhibited at the Wexford Opera Festival since 2011 he is also a member of the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club, exhibiting at its annual exhibition in Dun Laoghaire and W.B Yeats anniversary exhibition in City Assembly House Dublin. Darragh has exhibited in numerous group shows in Ireland and the UK receiving an award in 2016 at the Patching Festival in Nottinghamshire. While working all year round on private commissions, his work can also be found in private collections at home and abroad.  Darragh also works as a set designer and his work has brought him much critical acclaim and numerous design awards from the Institute of Designers of Ireland

Margaret Kent, WCSI, UWS, IPAP. Wilson Suite: 19th - 29th Oct
Margaret lives in rural Wexford surrounded by beautiful scenery & inspirational subjects which account for her passion for en plein air painting.Her paintings are a spontaneous impression of the subject as she interprets & portrays it.  Margaret is a member of The Watercolour Society of Ireland & a President's prize winner. Also a member of The Ulster Watercolour Society & a signature member of the International Plein Air Painters. Her works hang in UL, Dept of Foreign Affairs, HSE,Hertz Ireland, The Royal Marine Hotel, to name but a few.  View Margaret’s exhibition online at

Lar Joyce, O'Brien Suite: 19th - 29th Oct
Lar Joyce is a self-taught artist based in Wexford. Lar has being drawing and painting at a professional level for the past five years and has begun exhibiting and selling his art work in many galleries both originals and prints.  Lar likes to create a large variety of work concentrating mainly on charcoal and oil paintings. Strength of technique allows each new work to be fresh and distinct from the work that has come before. 

Tony Oakey, O'Brien Suite:  19th Oct to 29th Oct
Tony is from Piltown in South Kilkenny. He started painting in 1992 and has worked as a professional artist since 2000. His oil and acrylic paintings are unique and very colourful. He describes his work as “surreal expressions of thoughts and dreams”.  Tony’s inspiration comes mainly from the fantastic Irish landscape and his keen interests in astronomy and nature although his mood and even the music he listens to can all sub-consciously contribute to the painting in progress. This way of working opens up his mind to a world of discovery where there are no rules, reasons or explanations, a place where there are no boundaries between imagination and reality. He exhibits regularly throughout Ireland and his work can be found in private and corporate collections around the world. Awards include a residency at the world famous Cill Rialaig Artists Project in Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry.

Pauline Quigley, First Floor: 19th Oct to 29th Oct

Pauline is a country girl, born and raised in rural Wexford. Growing up on a farm with the beautiful Mount Leinster and Blackstairs mountains as a backdrop, Pauline began her artistic career.  Farm life was her daily routine but evenings were spent painting and drawing. Always looking for a medium that she felt really at home with. Then she discovered stained and fused glass and that was it, Pauline was hooked.  A few years ago Pauline gave up farming to pursue her passion for glass and is now busy teaching this craft, completing commission work and working on her own projects. / 

César Meireles O’Brien Suite: 30th Oct – 4th Nov
Cesar Meireles was born to Portuguese parents in Mozambique and spent his formative years in South Africa. He moved to Ireland in the mid 90's and set up his art studio near Gorey in County Wexford in 2008.  His current collection of oil paintings is inspired by the rural Wexford countryside. It was his introduction to plein air painting that led to Cesar's strong interest in landscapes as a subject matter. Cesar is self-taught and primarily paints directly onto canvas without any sketching or preparation. View Cesar's exhibition online at


Annette Byrne, Ground Floor
Annette is passionate about designing jewellery and so her business was created to focus on creating truly unusual pieces, using high quality semi-precious stones, sterling silver and vermeil.  Colours and trends are always present in Annette’s designs, whilst also keeping each pieces timeless, with a touch of class. Commissions are most welcome. Annette recently had the honour to design a commissioned necklace and earring set by the Bank of Ireland for their new CEO Ms. Francesca McDonagh and she also presented a piece to Erin McGregor of Dancing with the Stars fame. Annette is a member of The Craft Council of Ireland. You can visit her website for more information

Alice Kelly, Festival Suite: 19th Oct - 4th Nov
Alice J Kelly is based in Blackwater, Co Wexford and produces superb bespoke Hats, Crowns and Fascinators. A farmers’ daughter, Alice lives on 7 acres with 4 horses, 3 dogs and 4 daughters. Alice has been making hats for 6 years and she enjoys every minute of it – with a passion for fashion, Alice is always on the look out to try new materials and textures. Alice is really looking forward to showcasing her collection of men’s caps and Bow Ties during this years Wexford Festival Opera. For more details call 087 9249367, Email

47th Wexford Antique & Fine Arts Fair, 25th - 29th of October incl
The ever popular Antiques Fair has been running alongside the Opera Festival for over 47 years. More than 20 dealers from all over Ireland with amazing displays of antique furniture, jewellery, silver, glass, china and vintage clothing – something for everyone!
Open 11am to 8pm daily
Admission Adults €3.50 /Children are free


The Wexford Book, Coin & Collectables Fair, Slaney Suite 4th Nov @ 11am - 5pm Admission €2.00