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New Video with Galway Hooker Brewery

Galway Hooker Brewery has released a new video which discusses the release of the ‘Galway Girl’ and ‘Wild Sea Swimmers’ beer. I hope you will enjoy getting to know the inspiration for my art and understanding the taste of the beers. Wild Sea Swimmers – This 7% Baltic Porter is the perfect way to warm yourself […]

Cathy Hughes featured in Personal & Social Magazine

Excitement bubbles within me as I hold the April issue of one of my favourite magazines, ‘Social and Personal,’ in my hands. My heart skips a beat as I realise the section titled “Arty Brew” is about me. My collaboration with the Galway Hooker Brewery had made it into the April ’24 Mood board. Being […]

Galway Hooker Brewing Something Special with Artist Cathy Hughes

I’m very excited to announce that on Thursday, February 29th, Galway Hooker Brewery launched their first two new seasonal beers of 2024, inspired by my ‘Galway Girl’ and ‘Wild Sea Swimmers’, we welcomed a great turnout for the official get-together at their Oranmore-based brewery. Businesses from across the city attended a lively Galway Chamber Business […]

Connacht Tribune Article on my Galway Hooker Collaboration

As I sat down with my morning coffee, scrolling through the news feed on my phone, a headline from the Connacht Tribune caught my eye. “Brews and Brushes,” it read. I was so excited to see this article detailed my new collaboration with Galway Hooker Brewery. Please join me on this journey as we explore […]

Cathy Hughes with her Galway Girl original art

The Galway Girl’s Inspiration

The inspiration for my Galway Girl happened when I was listening to Ed Sheeran’s music. This inspired me to paint the Galway Girl…a combination of Galway Girls who I know and all women.  Actually, my Galway Girl is a compilation of all women in my life. How she was made:  I added lace into the […]

Cathy Hughes with her Galway Girl original art

Galway Art Experiences

ENJOY guided experiences led by renowned Galway artist and creative force, Cathy Hughes Cathy is delighted to host groups of visitors at her charming house, Boat Haven, and garden in Salthill, Galway, overlooking the Wild Atlantic Way. Following on, accompany Cathy on a visit to the magnificent Westport House. Enjoy the connection with Cathy and […]


Ireland’s Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley

Grace was famous in the 17th century because it was unusual for women to be pirates back then. She stood out above the rest when she sailed to England and negotiated with Queen Elizabeth I. She was fantastic! Folklore and history said she had about three husbands, and she was always fighting over land. They […]


Diving Board at Black Rock: Wild Sea Swimmers

Cathy 00:05 My good friend Catherine Piggott is here with me. I told you earlier, I just like people who buy them from the heart. You know, to me, I love it when someone – it resonates with them. And Catherine will explain to you how it resonated with her. Catherine 00:23 On entering Cathy’s […]


Hibernia: land of saints & scholars

Even pre-Christian Ireland, I called it Celtic gold because we were the land of saints and scholars, it was a very learned place at that time.


Westport Westival

EXPERIENCE CATHY HUGHES’S AMAZING ARAN ARTWORK ‘Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.’ – Edgar Degas Cathy Hughes was born and reared in Westport. She will be one of the talented artists whose artwork, The Aran Series, will be on display for everyone to appreciate when you come to the […]

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