Mystical and practical: Art and antiques playing vital role in Emerald Isle’s economy

This Paul Henry painting of Dugort Bay, Ireland, circa 1920, fetched $48,574 at Bonhams recent 20th Century British and Irish Art auction. (Photo courtesy Bonhams)

The growing appreciation and international interest in Irish antiques is not lost on many of those who call Ireland home — and who see multiple benefits of a healthy and globally connected antiques sector. As Ireland continues to fight its way back from a devastating recession that has plagued the country for the past three to four years, a strengthening export market for Ireland (with more than 50 percent of exporters reporting growth in 2012) holds promise. Read More +