Val Byrne







Val Byrne

Val Byrne

Bray, Wicklow


Welcome to My Ireland

I was born in Dublin and attended University College Dublin graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. After a short spell of working in London I returned to Ireland and set up an architectural practice which was very successful. After becoming a member of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland I was elected a Fellow in 1985.
In the early 70’s the practice expanded overseas and eventually had offices in Nigeria, Sudan and Libya along with doing work in other countries in Africa.
With a strong interest in genealogy, inherited from my father, I was elected in 1992 Chieftain of Clan O’Byrne and eventually was elected Chairman of The Clan’s of Ireland.
From an early age I always painted and this I carried on all during my professional career.
In the early nineties I retired from Architecture to indulge my artistic aspirations and opened an art gallery in Bray. Probably because of my architectural background my work has been very much influenced by the urban environment of an island surrounded by water. So the vast bulk of my paintings reflect typical Irish buildings in landscapes and the many harbours around the coast of Ireland with various degrees of quirkiness relating to the nature of Ireland.
This has proven to have been very rewarding both spiritually and visually which has left me with a deep knowledge of Ireland along with a very large archive of around two thousand images of Ireland painted over a period of 20 to 30 years.
Patrons have included three Presidents of Ireland, Jane Kennedy Smith, former US Ambassador to Ireland, Dept. of Foreign Affairs for many paintings in Irish Embassies throughout the world, many other Government Departments, Private and Corporate art collectors in many countries.
I hope you will enjoy through my paintings what I have enjoyed in travelling the lenght and breath of Ireland and the privilege of recording it for posterity.

Val Byrne, B.Arch., FRIAI. artist.

All of my images are copyright and may not be used without my permission.
If you are interested in an original painting of a particular scene or would like a signed and numbered limited edition print please contact me by email.

You may view me on video on youTube painting a watercolour on at an art exhibition /workshop.

and for a different look at Ireland browse Enjoy !


Green shed in Bunmahon by Val Byrne


Sunset on Bunmahon by Val Byrne


Thatched in Annestown on the Copper Coast by Val Byrne


Stradbally Cove Copper Coast by Val Byrne


Stradbally Waterford by Val Byrne


Spinaker in Scilly Kinsale by Val Byrne


Glandore Harbour West Cork by Val Byrne


Killala Village Mayo by Val Byrne


The open door by Val Byrne


Gateway to Heaven by Val Byrne


Its only a mural ... Kinvara by Val Byrne


Annes town compettition by Val Byrne


U must be Joking ....exclamation Mark by Val Byrne


The Antique Tavern Enniscorthy by Val Byrne


Coming for a pint ? by Val Byrne


Hi..........this is fun..... by Val Byrne


Now altogether GIRLS by Val Byrne


Milo the gardener by Val Byrne


Bicycle Lane in Eyeries, Beara by Val Byrne


Takes two to Tango by Val Byrne


OK whers Santi by Val Byrne


Gis a kiss by Val Byrne


NONSENSE 8 by Val Byrne


1937 It just gets worse by Val Byrne


NONSENSE 2 by Val Byrne


Doolin Sunset Clare by Val Byrne


Dublin Sunset by Val Byrne


Doe Castle Donegal by Val Byrne


Gweedore by Val Byrne


Nr. Carna Conemara Galway by Val Byrne


Cashel Pier nr Roundstone Galway by Val Byrne


Evening drinks nr Maam Cross Connemara by Val Byrne


Turf cutting on Achill Mayo by Val Byrne


Hungry Hill Ardigole West Cork by Val Byrne


An Baile on the Blasket Island by Val Byrne


Collecting Turf by Val Byrne


East end Inishboffin by Val Byrne


Sunset on Bungowla, Inishmor, Aran. by Val Byrne


Coat of Arms by Val Byrne




Glencree Enniskerry Wicklow by Val Byrne


CORK... Summercove, Kinsale. by Val Byrne


Join me for a pint by Val Byrne


IRELAND CANADA LINKS.. GALWAY.. Cladagh Harbour by Val Byrne


IRELAND CANADA LINKS.. The '' St. Patrick'' leaving Baltimore for the Artic. by Val Byrne


IRELAND CANADA LINKS..'' Northabout '' rounding the North West Passage by Val Byrne


IRELAND CANADA LINKS.. The'' DUNBRODY'' Famine ship in New Ross, Wexford by Val Byrne


IRELAND CANADA LINKS.. In the Irish Ambassadors Residence, Ottawa by Val Byrne