James Dodds The Flying Boat of Clonmacnoise


The Flying Boat of Clonmacnoise

A limited edition print from James Dodds RCA
Signed and Titled in pencil by the artist
Edition of 100
510mm x 365mm Image Size


FREE postage within the UK


This linocut was inspired by the poem by Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney: Lightenings VIII, in which he tells the story of the Flying Boat of Clonmacnoise, where several monks are gathered together discussing the practical, wordly affairs of the ancient monastery and, looking up, see a ship sailing over them in the air, high above them inside the church, its hull revealed to view, sailing above them as if it were at sea.The anchor is snagged on the altar rail and a sailor climbs down to try in vain to free it.The Abbot tells the monks to help him:

“They did, the freed ship sailed, and the man climbed back

Out of the marvellous as he had known it.”


We always have a good selection of both framed and unframed prints by James Dodds available in the Gallery.

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