Paintings and parliaments

Two Clan members have made the news recently.

Our Canadian Editor, Katherine Lochnan

Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night over the Rhone at Arles, 1888; access via

major exhibition organised by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the Musée d’Orsay breaks new art historical ground by exploring the mystical experience in nature

Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, van Gogh and more breaks new ground by exploring the mystical experiences of 36 artists from 15 countries.

Mystical Landscapes was conceived and developed by Dr. Katharine Lochnan, the AGO’s senior curator of international exhibitions, together with guest curators. She says:

These masterpieces convey experiences that cannot be put into words. The feeling of connecting with a deeper reality—a power much greater than ourselves—is a mystical experience. These experiences may reach any of us all through the contemplation of nature and the cosmos… These paintings convey the artists’ mystical experiences of something greater than themselves. It is primarily through the contemplation of nature that they have seen with greater clarity.


Dáil chamber, Parliament, Leinster House, Dublin. Image wikimedia commons

Fiona OLoughlin in Ireland

Fiona OLoughlin has been elected to the Irish Parliament following a general election on Friday 26th February 2016. Fiona is from Rathangan, County Kildare and currently resides at the town of Newbridge.

A former primary schoolteacher, Fiona comes from a local political dynasty – her father, Jimmy served on Kildare County Council for twenty years and her grandfather, Joseph, was a member of the first local council in 1899.

Fiona entered into politics in 1994 when she was elected to Newbridge town-commission. She was elected in 1999  to Kildare County Council. During 2014, she was mayor of Kildare.

One of her particular interests is supporting the ‘Special Olympics’ as well as ‘People in Need’ and she has advocated for people with intellectual disability, within Europe. 

We wish both Clan members well on their disparate but constructive undertakings for the communities of Canada and Ireland.

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