Malahide Art Club

Malahide Art Club

Founded 13 years ago, the Art Group has an active cohort of approximately 35 members. The Group meets every Thursday from 8-10pm for season classes which run between Mid September and January each year. The Club also organises lectures and gallery visits. The artists work through a variety of media including oils, watercolours and charcoal. The creative output of this group is exhibited annually in the Clubhouse during November.

It is most appropriate that our Art Group is an integral part of Malahide Golf Club. Right from the very beginning of the Club, art and golf have been interlinked. Fite fuaite le chéile mar a dearfá. In fact the club was founded by an eminent artist who was an artist first and a golfer second.

In 1887, Nathaniel Hone, an artist with a growing international reputation, left Malahide, with his wife Magdalen for a visit to Paris. Incidentally Magdalen was Magdalen Jameson of the famous whiskey family and her parents owned the land on which Portmarnock Golf Club was built in 1894.

In 1887, Nathaniel and Magdalen went to Paris to visit a former art student of Nathaniels’ called Harry Steines Cairnes. Cairnes was originally from a town called Pau at the foothills of the Pyrenees. Unfortunately Cairnes died and after the funeral Nathaniel Hone and his wife departed for Pau where they commiserated with the Cairnes family.

Pau was the site of the first golf club established on the Continent of Europe. It was founded in 1856. Many of the wealthy British and Irish went to Pau for the winter and took up golf, including the Jamesons who introduced Hone to the game of golf. And so history records that art played a major role in the founding of Malahide Golf Club. 

All enquires relating to the Art Club, please contact Anne Feeney, Chairperson, Ann Roche, Treasurer or Ann O Sullivan, Secretary.