This giclee print is limited edition stamped and signed by the artist in her studio in Athlone. This studio is a working open studio for all to view as the pieces progress. The name Hatters dates back to the time when Athlone was home to a thriving hat industry. An Athlone hatmaker, Francis Mc Cabe, lived and worked at Hatters Lane. The hats made in Athlone were very highly regarded, and the famous writer Jonathan Swift was quoted as saying: “Those who are born in this country will think themselves abundantly happy when they can afford an Athlone hat.”
As part of hatters , Gertie brownes dates back over 1,000 years, initially acting as a resting point for those travelling west while also providing them with a place to house their horse drawn carriages for the night. Nowadays, you’ll more often than not find a mixture of Athlonians perched at the old world style bar enjoying a drink or a bite to eat in comfortable and familiar surroundings while exchanging some of the local gossip with the friendly staff behind the bar.
As you make your way through the deceptively long tavern, you’ll no doubt notice the curious tourists who have wandered in to study and admire the various bric-a-brac that decorates the walls from top to bottom as well as to try a pint of Guinness. Tongue and groove walls, antique pitch pine counters and genuine salvaged memorabilia all help give the emporium that relaxed and pleasant atmosphere they are known for. You’ll even find an open fire featured in the front bar during the colder months. The original painting of this print is hanging in Hatters bistro, now called the Cellar Bistro…download