Eimear Walshe
(b. Longford, 1992, they/them) is an artist from Longford, Ireland. Their work traces the legacy of late 19th-century land contestation in Ireland through private property, sexual conservatism, and the built environment. They travel across the island of Ireland, screening, reading, and performing their work. They have recently exhibited with Van Abbemuseum, EVA International, the National Sculpture Factory, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, with work held in the collections of the Arts Council and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Sara Greavu (she/her) lives and works between Derry and Dublin and is the Curator of Visual Arts at Project Arts Centre, Dublin. A researcher, writer and organiser, Greavu’s recent projects include the archive exhibition We realised the power of it, at EVA International in collaboration with Ciara Phillips and former members of Derry Film and Video Workshop. An iteration of this work opened in IMMA in March 2024.

Project Arts Centre was founded by artists in 1966 and was Ireland’s first arts centre. As Ireland’s foremost centre for the development and presentation of contemporary arts, Project offers the public over 600 events annually & reaches an audience of over 50,000 people, as well as supporting the presentation of work, and national & international touring, by independent artists.

Amanda Feery is a composer working with acoustic, electronic, and improvised music, having written for chamber and vocal ensembles, film, theatre and opera. Amanda was the Mark Nelson Fellow in Music at Princeton University, completing her PhD in Music Composition in 2019. Whilst in the U.S, she formed collaborative relationships with a number of musicians including Alarm Will Sound, Third Coast Percussion, Quince Vocal Ensemble, and Amanda Gookin. Closer to home, past collaborators include Crash Ensemble, the National Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Choir Ireland, and Lina Andonovska. Her work has been featured at New Music Dublin, Gleo, and Dublin Fringe Festival, among others. Her 2019 residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais focused on recording improvisations on public pianos in Paris. Recent projects include A Thing I Cannot Name, an opera film commissioned by Irish National Opera with libretto by Megan Nolan, and My Year of Rest and Relaxation, commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra.
Mufutau Yusuf is a Nigeria-born Irish performer, choreographer, teacher, and curator based between Ireland and Brussels. A graduate of Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Mufutau is a dancer with Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez in Belgium and in Ireland with Liz Roche Company and John Scott’s IMDT. As a performer, he has worked with Emma Martin/United Fall, Catherine Young Dance, Pan Pan Theatre, Anton Lackhy, Ricardo Ambrozio, Ian Kaler, to name a few. Mufutau debuted his first full length work in 2022, titled Òwe, which premiered in New York and subsequently at Dublin Fringe Festival and various other venues and festivals across Ireland. Mufutau is an associate artist with Solstice Arts Centre and Liz Roche Company and a recipient of the Irish Arts Council Dance Bursary award 2020 and Project Award 2022 and 2023. Mufutau is also a co-curator of ‘TW1’ (Train With One), a bi-monthly workshop platform which aims to bridge the gap between the Irish contemporary dance scene with that of continental Europe.


Starring, Filmed and Directed by:
Eimear Walshe
Mufutau Yusuf
Ghaliah Conroy
Rima Baransi
Cillian Byrne
Ailbhe W. Drohan
Ethan Soost

Amanda Feery – composer
Eimear Walshe – librettist
Dr. Lisa Godson – researcher and historical fact checker Ergodos: Caterina Schembri and Edu Prado – recording

Opera performed by 4 in a Bar:
Paul McGough
Shane Barriscale
Ciarán Kelly
Tristan Caldwell
Eoin Conway

Amie Egan

Faolán Carey
Darragh Hobbs
Cáit Fahey
Simon Mills

Production Team:
Niamh Moriarty
Sinéad Nix
Mícheál Keating
Aoife Hammond
Holly Pickering
Millie Egan
Jack Halpin-Doyle

Film Set Build:
Kieran Ferris
Barry Honeysett
Andreas Kindler von Knobloch
Paul McNamee
Sean Breathnach
Legs Jeffreys
Craig Cox
Alex O’Brien
Finbar Marchant
Sophie Pettus
Victoria Stewart Pettus

Colour Grade:
Michael Higgins

Test Shoot Team including:
Aoife Smith
Tadhg Flynn
Cormac Hughes
Amy Keelan

Graphic Design:
Alex Synge

Curated by Sara Greavu and Project Arts Centre:
Cian O’Brien
Orla Moloney
Kate McSweeney
Rachel Botha
Annette Devoy
Alisson Rocha
Kate O’Brien
Cathy Coughlan


Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
Michael Hill
Clíodhna Shaffrey

Arts & Disability Ireland
Pádraig Naughton
Adrian Colwell

Praxis Artist Union
Eoghan Carrick
Elinor O’Donovan
Dan Colley

Quality Matters
Caroline Gardner
Marianne Farrelly

Choreography Development:
BLUSH + Aoibhinn O’Dea

Technical and Thematic:
Sven Anderson
John Beattie
Andy Connolly
Edwina Guckian
Spider Hickman
Alexis Nealon
Eoghan McIntyre
Julian Zehnder


Pickles PR – communications partner:
Gair Burton
Patsy McCartan

Common Knowledge – production partner:
Fionn Kidney
Harrison Gardner
Erin McClure
Nichola Cummiskey
Nadia Barker
Sarah Hagan
Kit Hourig

Drop Everything – launch event partner:
Mary Nally
Kevin Freeney
Georgia McClure
Jochem van Bruggen
Alannah Dunford
Jordan Ralph
Daisy Kindersley Mckenzie
Maeve O’Toole White
Emil Hernon
Harry Colley

Icelandic Pavilion launch partners:
Þórhildur Tinna Sigurðardóttir & Auður Jörundsdóttir

Emily Jacir & Dar Jacir for Art and Research, Bethlehem; SOUTH WEST BANK – Landworks, Collective Action and Sound; Artists + Allies x Hebron – Special Guests

eo|a – architects and installation partner:
Mateo Ivan Eiletz
Claudia Ortigas
Eiletz Ortigas – architecture
Elettrosystem srl. – electrician
Stood Lavorazioni in Legno e Metallo – metal structures
Matteo Lava srl. – paint

Rebiennale | R3b – build team:
Giulio Grillo
Tommaso Cacciari
Jacopo Povelato
Leonardo Basso
Alberto Marsili
Juan Carlos Cucco
Eleonora Curioni

Space Forms – technical production:
Sara Murphy
Frank Prendergast
Olan Clarke
Krisjanis Berzins

Pigs Ear Upholstery:
Tina McLaughlin

EVA International – offsite event partner:
Matt Packer
Ailbhe W. Drohan
Eimear Redmond
Colm Keady-Tabbal
Dylan Kerr
Cameron Lynch

Onsite Liaison:
Diego Carpentiero

Supported by Commissioned by Culture Ireland in partnership with The Arts Council Ireland | An Chomhairle Ealaíon

With principal sponsorship from Dublin City Council for Ireland at Venice 2024

With support from:
The Office of Public Works
Dublin Port Company
National Museum of Ireland
Embassy of Ireland, Italy
Department of Foreign Affairs
Ireland Invites
Longford County Council
Limerick School of Art and Design
Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy

Patrons and Donors:
Keith & Yvonne Browne
Peter Crowley
Anna Devlin & Paul Gannon
Gerard & Monica Flood
Emma & Fred Goltz
Helen Kinsella
Adrian & Jennifer O’Carroll
Louise Church
Paul & Liz Duggan
Niall Ennis
Kathy Gilfillan
Simone Janssens
Anne Kennedy
Paul McGowan
Lochlann Quinn
Dave Raethorne
Odette Rocha
Richard Whelan

Exhibition Mediators
Exhibition mediators are always a hugely important part of Ireland’s presence in Venice, being the key point of contact with the public. This year, Project Arts Centre, with the support of Culture Ireland, have built on the successes of past pavilions and have improved access and reduced barriers for people applying for this important role. In 2024, in addition to the mediators' salary, a number of bursaries have been made available for mediators who need some additional support. Curator Sara Greavu says, “Not everyone can take six weeks off work, or pay for their accommodation at home in Ireland as well as living abroad on a basic salary. People with disabilities might require accommodations or assistance. People with dependents might need to consider who could fill in for them at home. People without generational wealth or family support might need some extra backing to give a firm foundation and allow them to take up this opportunity.”

Project Arts Centre are grateful for consultation sessions with Arts & Disability Ireland, Praxis Artist Union, and former mediators regarding these changes.

Ireland at Venice Mediators:
Tobi Bello
Shannon Carroll
Aisling Clark
Mary Kervick
Katey Lanigan
Ruth McGreevy
Shane Malone-Murphy
James Murray
Sorcha (Soso) Ní Cheallaigh
Darren O’Connor
Lily O’Shea
Seán Ward
Emily Waszak


With thanks to Sharon Barry, Jenny Walton, Claire Power, Maeve O’Flaherty, Maureen Kennelly, Richard Shakespeare, Anthony Flynn, Ray Yeates, Jacquie Moore, Adrian Kelly, Lar Joye, Lynn Scarff, Dónal Maguire, Eugene Downes, Ambassador Patricia O’Brien, Ariana Whelan, Flavia Fava, Annie Fletcher, Barabra Dawson, Mike Fitzpatrick, Maeve Connolly, Emily Mark-FitzGerald, Bridget Webster and Libidex London. With gratitude to Étienne Bernard, Eamonn O’Reilly, Christine Sisk, Linsey Young and Project’s Board of Directors: Sarah Browne, Alice Casey, Mary Cloake, Robert Farhat, Monica Flood, Ronan Healy, Alejandro Llosa, Dónal Maguire, Adrian O’Carroll, Matthew Smyth, Andrea Williams.

ROMANTIC IRELAND the opera was funded by an Arts Council Ireland Markievicz Award.

This project would not exist without the ongoing wisdom and guidance of Colm Keady-Tabbal and Niamh Moriarty, and the encouragement and advocacy of Adrian O’Carroll. It was made possible with the support of Dylan Kerr, Cameron Lynch, Jack Hogan, Frankie Mace, Matt Cole, Maïa Nunes, Alice Rekab, El Reid-Buckley, Noeleen Walshe, Rosie Walshe, Sarah Walshe, Aisling-Ór Ní Aodha, Tadhg Flynn, Áine Mac Giolla Bhríde, Niamh Keady-Tabbal, Maureen Keady, Maroun Tabbal, Amy Keelan, Cormac Hughes, and Aoife Smith.

Dedicated to T.J. Walshe, and also to Little Comrade.