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Children of Lir (Original)


Children of Lir is an oil painting by KT McCaffrey. It is based upon a Celtic tale from Irish Folklore.

” King Lir loved his four children: Fionula, Aed, Fiachea and Conn dearly. However his wife Aoife, was jealous fearing he loved his children better than her …”

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Painting Dimensions:
This painting measures approximately 60 cm width X 80 cm height on a stretched canvas.

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Children of Lir Celtic Painting

Children Of Lir

This artwork depicts a scene from Irish Folklore in a fascinating tale called ‘The Children of Lir’.

King Lir loved his four children: Fionula, Aed, Fiachea and Conn dearly. However his wife Aoife, was jealous fearing he loved his children better than her. 

She enticed the children to the lake, and there cast a spell upon them, turning them into swans. Fionula retained her human voice asked in disbelief “what have you done to us?”.

Aoife answered “you will never come between your father and me again, you will remain upon this lake for three hundred years!”.

King Lir was inconsolable when he found out what happened. He commanded Bodb, the Kings magician to punish his wife, Aoife by transforming her into a moth.

Lir visited his children every day. He listened in grief to the beautiful but sad singing of the swans until old age took him from the world.

After three hundred years had passed, Lairgen the high prince of Munster seized and dragged the four swans ashore as a gift to his bride.

He prince ordered them to sign for his bride.  However to the horror of the onlookers, the swans snowy plumage fell away and there stood an aged woman and three withered old men.

A holy hermit saw that death was about to claim them, sprinkled each gentle head with holy water. He lay the four Children of Lir to rest at last.

‘Children of Lir’ Celtic Painting

Artist: KT McCaffrey

Artwork details:

This original oil painting by KT McCaffrey is based upon one of Ireland’s most renowned tales of Irish Folklore, ‘The Children of Lir’.

Artwork Dimensions:

The artwork measures 60 cm width by 80 cm height on a stretched canvas.


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artist KT McCaffrey

Artist: KT McCaffrey

KT McCaffrey is an Irish artist with a great interest in Ireland’s cultural and storytelling heritage. He studied graphic design at the National College of Art in Dublin.

KT McCaffrey lives in Dunshaughlin, County Meath, near Dublin. The artist likes to surround himself with everything he loves in life. He has a great passion for Irish literature, music, Celtic Folklore and the beauty of the Irish countryside.

KT McCaffrey blends all this to create his own style of art. KT has great respect for the Irish stained-glass artist Harry Clarke. Harry’s style is visible in many of KT’s paintings. The artist has created more than 80 oil on canvas paintings. Every brushstroke creates a rich composition with strong color contrasts, illustration and patterns.

Many of KT’s paintings capture a moment in time through the art of storytelling.  These paintings showcase scenes from Ireland’s tales of Folklore and Mythology.

For a more in depth look at KT McCaffrey’s journey as an artist, check out our blog post detailing his career.

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KT McCaffrey




Oil on Canvas




60cm X 80cm approx (width X height)