Draperstown Confirmation Icons

The students from St Mary’s Primary School, Draperstown, N.I., click here who are receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this year, have been working on painting an icon of the saint whose name they have chosen.

Corinne Coyle, the Principal has been helped in this work by two fellow members of the Association of Iconographers Ireland, Grainne McMacken and Clare McReynolds. The children are not only enjoying learning all the techniques involved in this icon work but also all about their chosen saint.

Thanks to Corinne for sending the photos and article which appeared in the February 2018 edition of The NET.

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Front page The NET Feb 2018


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Students concentrate on their work

Article on Draperstown icons

Article in The NET

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Grainne talks about icons/iconography

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Dromantine Icon Course Feb 2018

Have a look at some more photographs taken by one of this weekend’s course participants, artist, Olga Weston click here Thank you, Olga, for these great photos!

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Icon Weekend, Dromantine 2018

The first icon course run by the Association of Iconographers Ireland, took place in lovely Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre click here from Fri 9th to Sun 11th Feb, 2018. Twenty three of our members came together to work on their icons. Richard, Patrick and Colette tutored.

It was a really beautiful weekend and the comments and general feeling at the course was that it was really enjoyable and very peaceful.

So well done everyone who helped make it happen and we all agreed it was a great start to 2018. Have a look at the lovely photos taken by one of the course participants, Carmel Roberts. Thank you, Carmel, for these great photos!

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Celebrating Foundation Day 2017, Mercy International Centre, Baggot St Exhibition, Dublin


 On December 12th in 1831, Catherine McAuley, along with two other women, Mary Ann Doyle and Mary Elizabeth Harley took vows of life-long commitment as Sisters of Mercy. Thus began the Mercy Congregation.

This day then is special to us ‘Mercies’ and we celebrate it every year. Many people connected to our Mercy projects world-wide come to share the day with us.click here

For the last ten years on this day the Association of Iconographers Ireland has held an exhibition of icons in Baggot Street convent. The exhibition this year was much appreciated and those who came to view it spent much time asking questions about the sacred art of iconography. They were fascinated when they realised that the gold used was real gold and not imitation.

The symbolism present in every aspect of the icons brought an awareness of the spirituality present in this art. The sheer beauty of the icons drew them and they could not believe that so

many people on our little island are engaged in this sacred work. The day was indeed an affirmation of the spirituality present in the work that we in the Association are about.

Rosaleen Hogan

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Childrens Books

In Greece, Eva Vlavianos (click here) pointed out these two robust Children’s board books (see below) in the Philokalia Bookstore, 36 Voulis Str., Syntagma, Athens, Tel: +302103234411, email: philokalia@philokalia.gr

Children learn about the birth and life of Christ through looking at the beautifully reproduced frescoes by Tzortzis from the main church of Dionysiou Monastery, Mount Athos. Children also begin on a wonderful journey through the world of Byzantine Art, an art that is very close to children’s souls.

Philokalia are very easy to order from. I ordered these books while in Athens and got them sent to me in Ireland. The books are not only beautiful to look at but are lovely to read and are very good value,  costing €10 and €12. They are available in Greek, French and English and the reproductions are extremely good.  


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Gold in the National Gallery, London

The National Gallery, London had produced a number of very interesting short YouTube videos about gold used in paintings for the Christmas season. The first videos describe how gold is used in frames, fabric objects and the background of the paintings themselves.

Thanks to Richard Sinclair, iconographer and tutor with our Association for directing us to these videos. The videos can be viewed on YouTube or,  click here

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Patrick McMacken – “My Faith Journey”

Patrick McMacken, iconographer and tutor with our Association gave an interview recently to the Derry Diocesan Newspaper, The Net.The Net December 2017 cover pageThe full page spread makes for interesting reading and thanks to Patrick for sharing this with us.

If you would like to read Patrick’s interview, click on link below:

Article on Patrick McMacken

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