Ronan Halpin

Address: Newtown, Keel, Achill Island. Co Mayo. Ireland.

Tel: 087 2770409



From 1978 – 1982 Ronan attended the National College of Art & Design in Dublin where he received an Honours Diploma in Sculpture 1981 and the following year an Honours Degree Sculpture B.A.

From 1982 – 1984 Ronan attended Yale School of Art, New haven, Connecticut. USA. and received an Honours Degree Sculpture M.F.A.

In 1985 he returned to Dublin where he worked for a number of years before moving his studio to Drogheda Co Louth.

In 1998 he moved to Achill Island where he now lives and works.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected exhibitions.

1989 Two Person Show with Paki Smith. Guinness Hops Store, Dublin. Travelling to Limerick City Art Gallery Octagon Gallery,Belfast. Wexford Arts Centre.

1990 Budapest Triennial of Small Sculpture.Selected one of three to represent Ireland.

1991 First Solo Exhibition, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin.

1992 Solo Exhibition of Sculpture and Drawings. Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Travelling to Limerick City Gallery. Market Gallery, Athy. Dundalk Town Hall. Droichead Arts Centre. Drogheda

1994 One person Exhibition. Sculpture and Drawings. Rubicon Gallery, Dublin.Travelling: Limerick City Gallery & Droichead Arts Centre Drogheda.

1999 Group Exhibition. Aba Teangaí, Achill Island.

2004 Group Exhibition. Aba Teangaí, Achill Island. ’Cethorinus Maximus’

2007 ‘Interchange’. An exhibition of Fullbright Scholars. Farmleigh House. Dublin.Show travels to High Lanes Gallery, Drogheda Co Louth.

2007 Group Exhibition. Aba Teangaí, Achill Island. ‘Aquilla’

2009 Group Exhibition. Solomon Art. Outdoor Exhibition. Co Kildare.

2009 Achill Artists Group Exhibition. Kunsthaus Rhenenia. Cologne, Germany.

2011 Group Exhibition. Aba Teangaí, Achill Island. ‘Aurelia’

2012 Group Exhibition Solomon Gallery Dublin.

2012 Solo Outdoor exhibition of sculpture. Carraholly, Westport. Co Mayo. Exhibition travels to Solomon Fine Art. Dublin.

2014 Group Exhibition. Aba Teangaí, Achill Island. ‘Gravity’

2017 Solo Exhibition. Custom House Gallery. Westport. Co Mayo (April)

Solomon Gallery Dublin. (May)


Staring out at the ocean
I saw that the ocean
Was walking towards me
And – stranger -
That it was a man
Called Halpin.

When the ocean kept walking towards me
I thought I’d crawl back into the sandhills,
Yet knowing what folly that would be.

I had not known
That the ocean has legs
And that it keeps on walking
Towards you
Nor that its name is Halpin
Nor that its weighted grey-black steel is soft –
Soft as slippers knitted by a woman for her wounded man.

13 August 2012

Paul Durcan, Poet