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 !


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


IRELAND CANADA LINKS..a letter from the Irish Ambasador by Val Byrne


IRELAND AUSTRALIA LINKS.. DUBLIN.. Cian setting out for Iona by Val Byrne


SCOTLAND. Destination IONA by Val Byrne


Returning Home and a Stop over at Tory Island by Val Byrne


The WELCOME home Committee by Val Byrne


Stopping by ROUNDSTONE for a pint by Val Byrne


Home at last in Galway.. Cladagh Harbour by Val Byrne


CORK .. BEARA Penninsula. ARDGROOM 1992 Photo by Val Byrne


Cork.. Beara. Ardgrooms Planes by Val Byrne


The Golden Boighter Boat by Val Byrne


CORK ..Beara.. Ardgroom Planes by Val Byrne


CORK.. BEARA . Ardgroom Village by Val Byrne


Cork ... Evening sunset on Eyeries by Val Byrne


Eyeries Birdseye by Val Byrne


Cork..Unleaded in Eyeries Beara by Val Byrne


The Fiddle Player by Jack B Yeats


CORK... Beara Sunset near Allihies by Val Byrne


GALWAY.. Old harbour Roundstone by Val Byrne


GALWAY.. Roundstone by Val Byrne


GALWAY.. ERLAK tide out by Val Byrne


GALWAY.. Carraroe, An Cuan Caol by Val Byrne


CORK... Glengarriff signposts by Val Byrne


CORK.. Baltimore Harbour by Val Byrne


Stranded at Gweedore Donegal by Val Byrne


GALWAY.. Inismore, Aran by Val Byrne


LADY of Paree....... I wish.. by Val Byrne


GALWAY.. Roundstone Harbour evening glow by Val Byrne


CORK.. Goleen Harbour by Val Byrne


GALWAY.. Hookers in the Cladagh by Val Byrne




WICKLOW... Bray 1200ad by Val Byrne


DONEGAL.. Storm over MUCKISH by Val Byrne


DONEGAL... Sunset near Ardara by Val Byrne


DUBLIN ... SKERRIES Harbour by Val Byrne


MAYO... Achill.. Pollagh Sunset by Val Byrne