Watch this space!

May has been a great month for Una Watters news. As a result of an event at Phizzfest, Phibsboro’s community and arts festival, where I gave a talk on Una earlier in the month, a new painting has been discovered.

The watercolour of the River Suck, where Una and Eugene spent many happy hours fishing, is one of several Una made during the 1950s (we’re not yet sure of the date of this one) and its owner came along to the Phizzfest, having not known about last year’s exhibition, or been aware of the surrounding publicity. The owner of The Pine Wood ( oil on canvas, 1961) also came to the full-house event. We had an image of this work but hadn’t definitively identified its owner.

We’ve also discovered through contacts made at Phizzfest that Una made a banner for St Michael’s School, Finglas – again we’re not sure of the date – as a result of a request by her sister, Maureen, who was a Holy Faith nun ( Sister Mel) based in Glasnevin. Better still, the banner still exists. We’re hoping to see it in the coming weeks and take photographs of it. This is yet another testament to Una’s design skills and her range, as well as her embedded artistic presence in her own community.

Also present at Phizzfest was Gary Byrne, Una’s nephew, who brought along two samples of Una’s work – an early oil of The People’s Gardens (1943) and a pen and ink drawing – Old Woman – both of which you can find on this website under Uncatalogued Work.

Finally, and best of all, we’ve had word from the National Gallery that they plan to hang Girl Going by Trinity in the Rain “imminently” – perhaps as early as June. Watch this space – or should I say – watch that space on the walls of the NGI, where we’ve always felt Una rightly belongs.

Photograph: Marie Louise Halpenny


Phizzing for Una

Catch up on Una Watters at Phizzfest where I’ll be giving an illustrated lecture – “Una Watters: Total Eclipse”- which will look at her work in context and explore the reasons for her retreat into invisibility.

The event takes place on Saturday, May 13, at 3pm in @thebohemianbar in Phibsborough. Link here for tickets:…/una-watters-total-eclipse…

Phizzfest takes place from May 12-14 and covers all thing cultural in the Phibsborough area. Details of all events at

Above: Cappagh Road ( 1960)