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    Friday, March 6th, 2020

    A sculptural installation to mark the centenary of the death of Percy French was unveiled today at the Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle, County Down where the mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea. One of Ireland’s greatest songwriters, composers and entertainers French is best known as writer of humorous songs like Phil The Fluther’s Ball, Slattery’s Mounted Foot, Are You Right There Michael, Come Back Paddy Reilly to Ballyjamesduff and, most famously, The Mountains of Mourne.

    Commissioned by Hastings Hotels, who own the Slieve Donard Hotel, the installation is designed by Andrew Todd of Tandem Design, who has worked on Titanic Belfast and King John’s Castle in Limerick, and is produced by local craftspeople. It consists of the words of The Mountains of Mourne interwoven in three metal panels.

    Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye


    Monday, April 4th, 2011

    'Horse Drawn Barge on the Grand Canal Dublin' is the title of this 1896 work by Percy French. (click on image to enlarge)

    THE Percy French retrospective now on at the Oriel Gallery in Dublin features over 80 unique watercolours. This is the largest collection of his paintings ever assembled.

    A watercolourist of considerable note Percy French (1854-1920) is best known as one of Ireland’s foremost songwriters.
    Among the most famous songs which he wrote or collaborated with are Phil the Fluters Ball, Are ye right there Michael, Abdul Abulbul Amir, The Mountains of Mourne and Slattery’s Mounted Foot.
    After graduating as a civil engineer from TCD in 1881 he joined the Board of Works in Co. Cavan as an inspector of drains.   He was particularly prolific as a painter and songwriter around this period.
    Since it first opened its doors in 1968 The Oriel Gallery has successfully promoted his art.
    The retrospective, which runs until May 1, sets out to honour his achievement as an Irish landscape painter of merit, whose works have a gentle allure and captivating, atmospheric calm that is both understated and unique.
    It is comprised mostly of paintings on loan, but a small number of the works are for sale.