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Feast of Bealtaine (Original)

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Feast of Bealtaine is an oil painting by Irish artist KT McCaffrey based on a Celtic tale from Irish Folklore.

” In ancient times, the pagan Irish used to regularly take part in sun worshiping.

Every year sun worshiping festivals took place during 1st of May ‘Bealtaine’  and also on Midsummer’s Eve …”

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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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Feast Of Bealtaine Celtic Painting

Feast Of Bealtaine

In ancient times, the pagan Irish used to regularly take part in sun worshiping.

Every year sun worshiping festivals took place during 1st of May ‘Bealtaine’  and also on Midsummer’s Eve. An alter of the sun is located near Ennis in County Clare.

Cailleach Beare ‘The Hag Of Beare’ was queen of the fairies and wielded great power around festival time. She would cast spells and transform into various entity’s.

Around the year 1750 there lived a poet called Bryan Merriman. One evening he took a walk in the countryside and became enchanted by the wonder of the views all around him.

He sat down in a day dreaming slumber of self contentment.

He awoke in a fright by the presence of the hag who scolded him for his wasteful life as a bachelor in a countryside full of beautiful girls.

She dragged him before the Midnight Court, presided over by Queen Aoibheal who had no time for single men.

There he defended himself against the women of the district, they won.

There is a standing statue stone called ‘The Stone of the Sun’ near Macroom in County Cork. Legend has it that Gille Greine was the daughter of a human father and a sunbeam.

When she learned of her origins, she jumped into Lough Greine (The Lake Of The Sun). She floated to Daire Greine (The Oak Grove of the Sun) and was buried in Tuamgraney, in County Clare.

‘Feast Of Bealtaine’,  Celtic Painting

Artist: KT McCaffrey

Artwork details:

Feast Of Bealtaine Celtic Painting represents a scene from tales of Irish Folklore by Irish artist KT McCaffrey.


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)