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 !


Ledwidges One Stop Shop Bray by Val Byrne


Bray main street, Wicklow by Val Byrne


Bray 1795 by Val Byrne


By By Ledgwidges, Main St., Bray by Val Byrne


Bray Post cards, C. 1900 by Val Byrne


Walter de Riddelsford 1181 by Val Byrne


Oldcourt Castle, Bray by Val Byrne


Bray 1173 by Val Byrne


the Promenade looking towards Killiney by Val Byrne


Deridelsford Castle Bray 1259ad by Val Byrne


Top of the Main St, Bray by Val Byrne


The Dargle Bridge, eo 18th cent. by Val Byrne


Oldy worldy Prom Bray by Val Byrne


Clancys Bar, Bray by Val Byrne


Offig an Phoist, Bray, 1960s by Val Byrne


Bray from Killiney by Val Byrne


F 809 WICKLOW... Kilpedder Homestead on the Sugarloaf by Val Byrne


USC Eagle in the Arctic by Val Byrne


Carraigfergus Castle, Antrim by Val Byrne


Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross by Val Byrne


Asgard 11 rounding the Fastnet Rock by Val Byrne


The Cutty Sark and the Red Clipper by Val Byrne


The Rose in Bantry Bay by Val Byrne


Big John in Dublin Bay by Val Byrne


F 827 Asgard storm off Galway. by Val Byrne


The Jeanie Johnson Famine Ship, Blennerhasset, Kerry. by Val Byrne


Ardgroom Take Away Ireland by Val Byrne


The Big Session by Val Byrne


Evening Sunset on Rroundstone Old Harbour, Galway by Val Byrne


USA Embassy Dublin by Val Byrne


Are you going for a Pint by Val Byrne


Crosskeys Inn Toombridge Antrim by Val Byrne




Checkmate by Val Byrne


The Dun Aengus off Aran, Galway by Val Byrne


Peig of Inishmore, Aran by Val Byrne


Hi ... coming for a PINT ? by Val Byrne


Sandycove Harbour Co. Dublin by Val Byrne


Sunset on Mweenish, Galway by Val Byrne


Evening Return, Aran by Val Byrne


Ballinakill Harbour Galway by Val Byrne


Northwest Passage Voyage by Val Byrne


Kilmore Quay Thatch Wexford by Val Byrne


Cladagh Harbour Galway Citie by Val Byrne


Sunset on Allihies, Beara, West Cork by Val Byrne


Red Farmhouse Bunratty Clare by Val Byrne


Returning Home in Achill by Val Byrne


I Luv u 2 by Val Byrne