This company offers original images etched and printed by the artist, Margaret Irwin. All the work is carried out in her Studio at Claddaghduff, Co Galway The village of Claddaghduff is ten kilometres from Clifden, off the Westport Road (N59 N) This is a particularly scenic peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic with many islands visible along the road which eventually leads to Cleggan, port for Inishbofin Island. The Studio overlooks Omey Island with Cruagh Island towards the horizon. The Studio is spacious with windows on two sides. Visitors can easily take in the whole of the working areas as well as some of the completed work. Besides the Drawing table, Layout surfaces and paper storage chest, in the first section, there is a large “Intaglio” printing Press. It is hand-operated and can be easily demonstrated. The second section is where the etching of the copper plates is done. This comprises applying the drawn image to the prepared copper plate; piercing the protective layer on the plate to expose the drawing to the Feric Chloride acid used to make the “Etch”; immersing the treated plate in the tank of acid untill a satisfactory line is etched and so on. The completed plated is finally hand inked; “wiped” and laid on the “bed” of the press; damp paper is placed on top covered by felt blankets; together these are rolled through the press at enormous pressure; the blankets and paper ar lifted to reveal the printed image. This inking and wiping is repeated, by hand, for each print. The visitor to the studio may find any one of the stages being carried out. The process is lengthy so not all may be completed on any given day. The work is for sale at the studio or through the web-site margaretirwinwest.com. It is also available at exhibitions where the Artist exhibits during the year. To reach the Margaret Irwin Studio, take the Westport road from Clifden and turn off towards Claddaghduff – Omey Island. Turn right just before Claddaghduff Church. Citylink coaches to Cleggan.