9 Stones artists to exhibit in historic Deighton Hall Carlow, for Eigse 2012

Opening Saturday 9 June – 17  2012, the 9 Stones artists are delighted to announce that they will be exhibiting in Deighton Hall Carlow. More details about the opening reception and opening times to follow.

Deighton Hall, Carlow

Image Source: Carlow County Library

9 Stones Artists exhibiting this year for Eigse 2012 will be:

Annabel Konig, Michelle Byrne, Gwen Wilkinson,  Jules Michael, Martin Lyttle, Cathy Fitzgerald, Rachel Joynt, Remco DeFouw. (Anthony Lyttle will be exhibiting in the Visual Gallery during Eigse)

Local artists Eileen MacDonagh, Stephen O’Briain, Orla Ryan and Brian Hand will also be exhibiting this year with the 9 Stones Artists.

Some history on Deighton Hall:

Carlow Deighton Memorial Hall in Burrin Street, Carlow was built around the mid 1700′s, and while it’s had a long and varied past, it’s been lying empty and derelict for a number of years. Half of the building was demolished in the 1920′s in order to install bathrooms and a kitchen. It was once used as the county courthouse, a theatre, a ballroom, a meeting place and a cinema.

The building, on the corner of Burrin Street and Kennedy Avenue, Carlow has been sold to a well-known businessman. It was another businessman in 1909, plumber Joseph Deighton, who gave the premises its name and in the late nineteenth century it housed the Deighton Plumbers & Vulcan Foundry & Ironworks. Joseph Deighton later handed the building over to St Mary’s Church of Ireland parish for use as a parochial hall, and in the mid-twentieth century it was used as a ballroom. The Courthouse had been the location of a number of Court martial’s in the aftermath of the 1798 Rebellion in Carlow. Up until the early 1830s this building functioned as the County Courthouse and was the seat of the Grand Jury (forerunner of the County Council). The prisoner holding cells were located in the basement with direct access to the courtroom.

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