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John Eagle by Peter Zoeller

John Eagle first started painting with oils in 1991 in Allihies, Beara Peninsula. The first time he publicly exhibited work was at the Beara Arts Show in Castletownbere in 1993. The painting was 'Stone Response'.

After this initial exhibition John then concentrated on his photography, making postcards of lighthouses and also working on his book 'An Eagle's View of Irish Lighthouses'. Tom Mac Sweeney, of RTÉ television, launched this book at the Maritime Museum, Dún Laoghaire, in 1999. During this time John painted a few works using a variety of methods excluding oils.

At the Beara Arts Show 2000 he exhibited again using oils, just one painting in monochrome called 'Seine Boat'. He says. 'I had my arm twisted by someone, who urged me to exhibit something. So I painted one for the show.' Spurred on by this success he exhibited two oils the following year
at the same show. Later that year he exhibited at the Christmas Fair in Castletownbere.
In July 2004 he completed his project to make a postcard of every lighthouse on the Irish coastline. The full colour postcards can be purchased singly or in sets of 99. Details can be found at:


Beara Arts Festival 2017

Beara Arts Festival, Beara Communtuy School

Performed a demonstartion of how I paint an oil

Exhibited 2 oils, one of them was raffled for €615 and all money donated to Cancer Connect

One of my oils was used on the advertising poster see above


Exhibited oils at Craft Shop, Bantry


Exhibited at the Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletownbere


Exhibited at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen June 20th to July 11th


Exhibited a couple of oils at The Sarah Walker Gallery

Exhibited at Ardgroom Post Office

Exhibited at The Beara Gallery in Lauragh

Brought out a series of greeting cards of oil paintings

Exhibited at the Eyeries Festival

July 2013

My exhibition 'Beara Impressions' opened at the Allihies Copper Mines Museum July 26th, 15 oil paintings, 13 of them painted this year

Exhibited 2 oils at the Eyeries Family Festival

June 2013

Exhibited 2 oil paintings at the Allihies Language School building for the Summer show. Did this in 2012 as well

May 2013

Exhibited two oil paintings at The Old Market House Arts Centre in Dungarvan

April 2013

Collins Press

Two of my pictures appeared in the Collins Press book 'Ireland's Civil Engineering Heritage' published by The Collins Press who published my own lighthouse book in 2010. The picture are of the Fastnet Lighthouse and the Mizen Bridge

March 2013

Beara Cottage Beara cottage

I have started making models of the cottages you see in my oil paintings

If you would like one, then please click here

July 2012

Exhibited at the Eyeries Festival

Eyeries Lake of the Old Druid
'Eyeries' and 'The Lake of the Old Druid' on show in Eyeries Festival


April 2012

Beara Arts

My 2 entries for Beara Arts 2012 hanging in the Millcove Gallery, Castletownbere

March 2012

oil postcards

I have produced these two postcards of oil paintings I have done this year, click here to buy


After the Storm

'After the Storm'

Gave the above oil to an auction held at the Sheen Falls Hotel to raise money for a cookery event to be held in Kenmare in July 2012

June 15th showed at the first ever Allihies Arts Festival at the old National School opposite the post office in Allihies

John Eagle Art

'Sleeping it off' left and 'Calm Before the Storm' on show at the Allihies Arts Festival

Bantry Art

Showed work at the Bantry Art Gallery December 2012



Opening of my show at the Eventide

September 2011: I flew to the States to attend the opening of my 'Storms' exhibition at the Eventide Gallery in Essex, Massachusetts. The above picture shows me at the gallery with the owner Teri Canelle on the left and harpist BJ Wayne who played at the opening. The show opened October 8th. As well as showing 12 new oil paintings, I also performed a slide show of my Irish lighthouse photography and signed copies of my Collins Press book 'Ireland's Lighthouses ~ A photo essay by John Eagle'


October 8th. Exhibited 12 oil paintings at The Eventide Gallery in Essex, MA, USA.  ‘Storms and Irish Lighthouses’ in which I also performed a slide show and signed copies of my Collins Press book ‘Ireland’s :Lighthouses ~ A Photo Essay by John Eagle’

Organised a two week tour of lighthouses round the Irish coastline, visited several offshore lighthouses

July: Exhibited oils at the Eyeries Family Festival, on show in the windows of the village

July: Exhibited 3 oils at the opening of the Eventide Gallery in Essex, Massachusettes, USA July 2nd.

May: Had a small speaking role in a Japanese movie called Tamatama by director Mayomi, which was partly filmed at my house and in my art studio.

Invited to exhibit oils at the Helen Joyce Gallery in Kenmare

Beara Arts Show ~ Millcove Gallery


'Morning Mist' hanging at the show, where it won the prestigious Sarah Walker Award

Organised a 6 day Irish Lighthouse tour for a group of Britons and Americans, taking them round the coast from County Clare to Cork with visits to Skellig Michael, Bull Rock, Mizen and Fastnet and others for them to photograph


Submitted 3 oil paintings for the Visual Arts - SmallART-Exhibition at the Carnegie Hall Arts centre in Kenmare July 17th to mid September

Book 'Ireland's Lighthouses - A Photo Essay by John Eagle' launched officially at Kinsale Arts Week, July 15th in the Kinsale Bookshop

In June re-worked 7 lighthouse postcards. Shot with modern camera gear they look so much better to the 1995 postcards they replace

New book 'Ireland's Lighthouses - A Photo Essay by John Eagle was published by the Collins Press in May


Xmas tree

Submitted a couple of hand painted items to hang on the Christmas Tree at the Sarah Walker Gallery in Castletownbere to raise money for Beara Co.Action. Above is a picture he took of the tree using a zoom lens

Wrote a new book 'Ireland's Lighthouses A Photo Essay by John Eagle' to be published by Collins Press Spring 2010

Submitted oil painting images to the Agora Gallery in New York for a competition

Had an exhibition of oil paintings at the Old Market House Art Gallery in Dungarvan entitled 'In Search of Little People' July 8 to August

Organised a 6 day Irish Lighthouse tour for a group of Americans, taking them to Skellig Michael, Bull Rock, Mizen and Fastnet and others for them to photograph



Worked as an extra in the Neil Jordan movie 'Ondine'


Exhibition oils and framed prints at the Lighthouse Show at the Old Market House Arts Centre in Dungarvan


Made a pewter scale model of the Fastnet lighthouse. To view the model please click here


Mary Coughlan

Mary Coughlan TD ex Irish Minister for Agriculture and Marine being presented with one of my oils by Peter Carleton of Irish South West at the their offices in Castletownbere October 19th 2007



The Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan

Irish South West Fisheries present 'Almost Home' oil painting to Irish Minister for Agriculture and the Marine Mary Coughlan TD in Castletownbere.



The Miriam Bailey Gallery, Bandon


Made 2000 postcards of my oil 'Bringing Home the Turf'


The Peninsula Painters, Kenmare Art Gallery

West Cork Arts Celebration, Skibbereen


Made 2000 postcards of my oil painting 'Returning Home to West Cork'

Christmas group show at The Bridge Gallery, 6 Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin
Group show at The Old Market House Arts Centre Dungarvan
October 24 to November 20th
Showed work at The Gallery, Coolounig, Lauragh, Kerry from June onwards
Submitted 5x7 oil to West Cork Arts for fundraising
West Cork Arts Festival July/August showing at The Community Centre, Sherkin Is
Donated 3 oils to 'Silent Art' in Schull (raise money for inshore rescue)
Submitted work to Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
Work can be viewed at:

In 2005 he took part in three major art exhibitions.
Christmas Show Lavit Gallery, November 2005
Miriam Bailey Gallery, Bandon October 2005
Kenmare Art Gallery 2005
Cooperage Restaurant, Killarney, August 2005
Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford July 26th 2005 to August 27th
Beara Arts, Castletownbere July 2005

Christmas Show Lavit Gallery November 2004
Numinous Easter Exhibition
Kenmare Art Gallery April 2004 exhibition
Clonakilty Art and Craft Design Centre
Beara Computers, Castletownbere
Lavit Gallery, Cork

Christmas Show at Numinous Art Gallery
Kenmare Art Gallery
Beara Arts
May Bank Holiday Millcove Gallery

Anam Cara, Artists and Writers Retreat

2002 Kenmare Art Gallery
Beara Arts Exhibition

2001 Beara Arts Exhibition

2000 Beara Arts Exhibition. Appeared on 'Midnight Fry' a cd made by recording and oil painting artist Tim Goulding. Co-wrote the song 'O'Mané'


Published 'An Eagle's View of Irish Lighthouses', launched at The Maritime Museum in Dún Laoghaire


Exhibited oil at The Beara Arts Show

John Eagle paints with oils, mostly maritime themes to express
his passion for the sea, which he lives close to near the village of
Eyeries in West Cork.
'I viewed your work & its fantastic bold strong simple, I love the way the whole landscape feels like a fabric resting over an ever changing landscape its vast yet lends itself to a feeling of finding a place of rest I love it' .........

June Durkin
(Rusheens Yoga Centre)

John Eagle can be contacted at:
(027) 74275
087 9693745

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