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Tír na nÓg


Medicine Wheel Productions Presents Tír na nÓg in partnership with the Fenway Alliance’s Public by Design Initiative

Tír na nÓg is a temporary public art installation by two internationally acclaimed artists: Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile (Ireland), “South of Hy-Brasil” and Michael Dowling (Boston-US/Ireland), “Well House”, commissioned by South Boston’s Medicine Wheel  Productions.

Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile’s site specific floating art work is called “South of Hy-Brasil” and it directly references Irish mythology – Hy-Brasil is a mythical land, located off of Ireland’s West Coast, that legend says only becomes visible once every seven years, and is the home of a mysterious advanced civilization. It is sited in the lagoon behind the Museum of Fine Arts. In conjunction with this outdoor public art work, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library has several of Caoimhghin’s sketch books and drawings on display to the end of October along side maps from their collection that include the depiction of this mythical island (Link to The Map Center’s Press Release). (More info about South of Hy-Brasil, Artist Bio)

Tír na nÓg is supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme– a global initiative to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising which set Ireland on its path for independence. Boston is the only U.S. City hosting temporary public art projects to commemorate the 1916 Centennial. Tír na nÓg is a vital component of Medicine Wheel’s multi-year Brooch Project that is engaging and connecting the communities along the finished and unfinished links of Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace Park System and it also celebrates the 2016 Centennial of the National Park System of which the Emerald Necklace is part of.


Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile drawing for South of Hy-Brasil


Assistant Secretary of Business Development & International Trade for the Commonwealth, Nam Pham, Boston Parks Commissioner Christopher Cook, Artists Michael Dowling and Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile, State Senator William Brownsberger, and Boston Inspectional Services Commissioner William Christopher cutting the ribbon

Deepest gratitude to “Tír na nÓg” supporters: Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Consul General of Ireland- Fionnuala Quinlan, State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, State Representative Daniel J. Hunt, and to Culture Ireland, Commissioner Christopher Cook Boston Parks and Recreation, Commissioner William Christopher Boston Inspectional Service Department, Chief Julie Burros & the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, the Boston Art Commission, Captain Don Cuddahy & the Boston Fire Department/BFD Marine Unit, the Boston Police Department, the Boston Transportation Department, President David Leonard & the Boston Public Library, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the National Park Service, the Paraclete Center, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, Paul Adamson & Mark Cummins of Bromfield Development LCC, the Feeney Brothers Excavation LCC, Abacus Builders & General Contractors, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 35, the New England Regional Council of Carpenters(NERCC), Union of Operating Engineers Local 4, UNITEHERE Local 26, Zoo New England/Franklin Park Zoo, Agoos D-zine, Royal Hospitality Services, the Lenox Hotel- Back Bay, the Boston Rowing Center/ Hull Lifesaving Museum, the Irish Village, 555 Gallery, Doug Brown/DB Cove Studio,Tavo Contreras/Gamma Fisheries, William Higgins Insurance, Costas Provisions,  Stuart Mullally, John Lydon, Charles McCarthy & Patrick McDevitt, David Murphy, and many other organizations and and individual supporters. (Full list of supporters)

Very special thank you for their additional help with South of Hy-Brasil: Boston Parks Commissioner Christopher Cook & his team-Paul McCaffrey, Jim Sheehan, Anthony Hennessy, Greg Mosman, Joey Dinsmore, Daniel Ross, Paul Keane, Ryan Woods, Lt. Reginald Sampson & the Boston Park Rangers; Boston ISD Commissioner William Christopher & his team- Kim Thai, Jill Cox, Tom O’Donell & Harry McGonagle, Chief of Arts & Culture Julie Burros & her team- Karin Goodfellow, Christian Guerra & Tom Johnston; BFD Captain Don Cuddahy & BFD dive team members- DFC Joseph Casper, FF Robert Doyle, and FF John Cooney, BPD Sgt Gino Provenzano, Kelly Brilliant & Arreen Andrew of the Fenway Alliance, Mark Little & Catrina Supple of Abacus Builders & General Contractors, Peter Agoos of Agoos D-zine, Harry Liggett- Franklin Park Zoo, Doug Brown/DB Cove Studio, and Tavo Contreras/Gamma Fisheries.

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