By the Way 2 – Officially Launched

Congratulations to Ann Lane of Ballinatona whose new photographic book on public art in Ireland By the Way 2 was launched yesterday by John Sheehan of the Dubliners, at the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin. Also in attendance were the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, his wife Sabina, and a host of well known faces from politics, friends from her 28 years as personal secretary of past President Mary Robinson. An excellent gift for all!

By the Way 2 is available to purchase from Wordwell Books.




The great tradition of public art on our island reaches back thousands of years to a time when the earliest inhabitants first raised the megaliths and ancient monuments which can still be found across our country.
Over the past 30 years a new wave of public art has been made possible by the commitment of citizens in towns and villages across Ireland, and most importantly by national policy through the Per Cent for Art Scheme. The diverse sculptures which now grace our countryside are a testament not only to the creativity and innovation of the individual artist but also to the power of collective action to adequately fund and sustain public art, as this wonderful collection demonstrates.
“For those fortunate enough to live and travel in Ireland it can provide a new perspective on our native landscape and our journeys through it. For those who have never come to our country I trust that it will arouse curiosity and interest. I hope that all those who open this book will find it as inspiring as I have.”  – President Michael D. Higgins

2 thoughts on “By the Way 2 – Officially Launched”

  1. Many congratulations Ann, again! Can’t wait to get my hands on By the Way 2 to put beside number one. You are wonderful Ann, keep going, you are an inspiration to us all. Love Eily.

    1. Hi Eily,
      Very many thanks for your nice message. Its finally done! Driving 34,500kms took a while, but it was a great experience. I loved every bit of it. I hope everybody will like the book, and that people will find it useful in their cars. There are some fantastic pieces out there to be enjoyed.
      Best regards

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