Portraits of Ireland's new faces

Over the past decade we have seen the transformation of rural Ireland from a virtual monoculture to a society where gossip is as likely to be exchanged in a foreign language.

1st June, 2013
Oisín Roche with his portrait of The McLoughlin Family, 2011.

Over the past decade we have seen the transformation of rural Ireland from a virtual monoculture to a society where gossip at the supermarket checkout is as likely to be exchanged in Russian (lingua franca of Ukrainian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Czechoslovakian and Russian immigrants) as in English or Irish.

Oisin Roche is one of the first contemporary artists to capture the newcomers on canvas, for example his sensitive portraits of Daniella, a Czechoslovakian artist's model,...

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