Not many people realise that there is a very healthy culture of producing cartoons in Irish throughout the country and this year Aras Eanna, Inis Oírr, is delighted to host an exhibition of some of the best of them.

This is the first year that the Galway Cartoon Festival is moving outside the city and we are delighted to host comic strips, illustrations, and topical cartoons by a selection of Irish artists.

The festival held its first exhibition of Irish language cartoons in 2019 and this year it hosts two, as there is also an exhibition at the Galway 2020 hub in the Cornstore in the heart of the city.

Aras Eanna will host two exhibitions of cartoons side-by-side next week as we are also delighted to feature a selection of works by Irish revolutionary, artist, and cartoonist Grace Gifford.

The story of how Grace married her fiancé, Joseph Plunkett, just hours before his execution in Kilmainham Gaol is known by most Irish people, but not everyone is aware that she was also a famous artist and caricaturist.

Her works are also being featured at Charlie Byrne’s bookshop in Middle Street throughout the festival from October 2 to 9.

Tarring E i nGaelige 2 and Grace Gifford 2 will be launched by the Director of Aras Eanna, Dara McGee, on Inis Oírr on Sunday, October 4, at 5pm.

It is a huge privilege for Aras Eanna to feature these exhibitions as part of the Galway Cartoon Festival. The Inis Oírr exhibition runs from Monday, October 5, to Sunday, October 11 (11am to 4pm).