Artists of the Wild Atlantic Way


Writer Deirdre Davys interviews artists who live and work on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, looking at the effect this location has on their work.

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By Deirdre Davys

Are artists mere mortals like the rest of us, or is there something in their DNA that marks them out as different? Is it necessary for creative people to live isolated lives, away from the distractions of the city? What is it about the west coast of Ireland that is so attractive to artists? Why would anyone choose to live in an environment renowned for its wild, wet and windy weather if there was a choice to live somewhere else?

These are the questions that Deirdre Davys was asking herself one wet summer on Achill Island. Travelling along the west coast of Ireland before, between and after the various Covid lockdowns, Deirdre chatted with artists to find out what makes them tick – what keeps them on the Wild Atlantic Way.