How contrasting settings inspired two Northern stars

A flat on Abbey Road in London and a mansion at the foot of the Mourne Mountains were where Gerard Dillon and Daniel O’Neill produced some of their finest work

1st April, 2018
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The Black Rocks of Tyrella by Daniel O’Neill

One way and another, London’s Abbey Road has earned a nice little niche in the history books. In the late 1950s, when the Beatles were still the Quarrymen, singing their hearts out in Liverpool, Gerard Dillon’s flat at 102 Abbey Road was a hotbed of artistic activity, a mecca for Irish artists, writers and musicians.

Cloak & Cupboard is one of three Dillon paintings illustrating its interior. A second, Self-Contained Flat, is...

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