Father Ted moments in the west

As I paint Mullach Mór a local farmer stops and declares, “I’ve lost my bull, he’s escaped!” He explains it has run off into the rocky landscape that is also popular with hikers. I ponder the poor soul who comes between the beast and the green field up the mountain. After a few minutes he declares he has a hurling match to watch, and in any case the bull will come home when he’s ready.

John has just published an article on the Australian site Daily Review. It interweaves art, history, landscape and accidental farce in ‘Father Ted country’. Read it in full here.