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Salmon Of Knowledge


Salmon Of Knowledge is an oil painting by KT McCaffrey and is based on one of Ireland’s most renowned tales from Irish Folklore.

“Finegas, a poet, knew from an ancient prophesy that whoever first tasted the Salmon of Knowledge would process incredible wisdom. …”

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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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Salmon Of Knowledge Celtic Painting

Salmon Of Knowledge

This artwork depicts a scene from the legendary Irish Folklore tale ‘The Salmon Of Knowledge’.

Finegas, a poet, knew from an ancient prophesy that whoever first tasted the Salmon of Knowledge would process incredible wisdom.

He spent years living on the banks of the river Boyne planning ways of catching the fish. Finn Mac Cumhaill’s mother placed the boy for a time with Finegas to complete his education. Finn was present, when Finegas finally caught the Salmon of Knowledge.

He asked Finn to cook the fish for him and warned him that he must not eat even the tiniest piece of it. Finn built a fire and cooked the fish taking care that it did not burn.

When it was cooked he took the salmon to Finegas, but Finegas stared at the boy, noticing that there was something different about him.

“Have you eaten any of this salmon” he asked. “Did I not promise?” Finn replied “So”. “You did not even eat the tiniest piece?” said Finegas.

“I did taste it by chance, while the fish was roasting a blister rose on its skin, so I pressed it down with my thumb. It burned my thumb so I put it in my mouth to take the pain away” said Finn.

Finegas nodded sadly. He knew that Finn had tasted the salmon and that he would possess all of its knowledge.

From that day onward, whenever Finn wanted information, he would suck his thumb and immediately would receive the knowledge he sought.

Salmon Of Knowledge Celtic Painting

Artist: KT McCaffrey

Artwork details:

Salmon Of Knowledge Celtic Painting is an original artwork based upon one of Ireland’s most renowned tales of Irish Folklore and Fantasy.

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)

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