FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS -Art workshops in Ireland

WHAT IF I'M NOT EXPERIENCED IN ART, IS THIS STILL FOR ME?

Yes, all of our Art workshops in Northern Ireland are designed for beginners or an intermediate painter looking to improve .We also work with more experienced painters who simply need Hugh O’Neill’s knowledge of painting and the local area. Each course is different and is dependent on the nature of the group. Mr O’Neill varies the content to keep it lively and fun, whilst ensuring that you go home with work you’re proud of.

CAN I BRING A FRIEND/PARTNER WHO DOESN'T WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ART CLASSES?

Yes, non-artists on our tours in Ireland are very welcome and there are plenty of activities around the area.Most partners and non painters love to come with the painters as we combine short visits to historic places and scenic beauty.Some non painters prefer to golf,shop walk,or simply do nothing at all.We will help make all these arrangements in conjunction with painting itinerary.Nearby by “world famous golf”at ROYAL COUNTY DOWN voted best course in the WORLD!!Yes the world!

DO YOU VISIT CASTLES AND MUSEUMS.LOCAL PUBS ETC

We visit these type of places , you also get a very special guide with you,Hugh O’Neill, who is also an noted expert in ART ,IRISH HISTORY.AND GIFTED IRISH MUSICIAN

WHAT IF I’M TRAVELING ALONE?

Some guests come alone but quickly make friends.All the rooms in the hotels we offer are spacious with separate beds and private bathrooms. You are never alone with us

HOW MANY GUESTS ARE ON EACH COURSE?

We aim to keep our numbers limited to ensure a lot of one-to-one teaching, and the average number Is around 10-12 the maximum number being 18

HOW DO I ARRIVE?

We provide transfers from Dublin Airport. Private car transports are available as well and we can give you the information you'd need to hire one.

DOES THE HOTEL CATER FOR SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS?

They may cater for requests like vegetarian, but they need to know in advance

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

Write or call all us first and we will help with this process. We are currently setting up a new pay “right here online” with your credit card or through Pay Pal etc.In We will accept checks or money orders made out to the director HUGH O’NEILL

Sign up by using the "sign-up" link We then will send you an official confirmation and welcome email with a disclosure and emergency contact form to fill out and sign, as well as any pertinent travel information you may need.

WHAT IF THE WEATHER IS BAD

We always have plan b and c and even d to ensure you get the maximum enjoyment for every minute you are in our care.Rather than get into all details here, we simply adjust the itinerary to suit ,that may include an indoor element or going to a beautiful location that is under cover from the rain but still outdoors.Or go to the local Irish pub and sing an Irish song together.I will bring my guitar

FOOD

The Slieve Donard Hotel serves an enormous beautifully laid out breakfast Buffet.All accommodations in the town will serve great Breakfasts.It will really set you up for the day.We stop for lunch at all locations and Dinner is best enjoyed together at a local restaurant serving fresh and local food.The Seafood dishes are particularly tasty in this special coastal area

WHAT IF I DO NOT WANT TO STAY AT YOUR RECOMMENDED HOTEL BECAUSE I AM ON BUDGET$

We have many options and will guide you through process online.We also offer lower rate if you arrive with your own transport at our location.This happens sometimes when UK,Europeans or Irish join the workshop.We also have a pro rated price for some who cannot stay entire week.( note:we still must charge a minimum fee no matter how long you stay with us.That fee we can share with you when you contact us) For this lower rate you may not be able to partake of the coach travel that’s provided for those who paid full price

HOW LONG ARE EACH DAY EXCURSIONS

The official time is 6 hours with Hugh O’Neill teaching and as your guide per day.However travel time to locations and returning, or visiting historic landmarks could add total time to 8 hours.So you leave at 9 am you will all return by 5 or 6pm to Pick up point again at SLIEVE DONARD HOTEL front door or at the Burrendale hotel https://www.burrendale.com/

We do not charge extra for anything other than ask should driving time extend beyond a certain range beyond 6pm we all simply chip in a bit with small donation to fuel cost and even then it’s not mandatory.This may happen when as a group we all want to visit a local pub with early evening Irish music or a festival event.The local taxi service is superb so in many occasions the group will simply use this service if needed.

MORE QUESTIONS

What happens if my flight does not arrive at the airport before the scheduled transfer to the workshop hotel? 
Only one transfer is scheduled to transfer workshop members to their hotel. If your flight does not arrive in time for their transfer, we recommend that you arrive a day early or ask for a quote for a private transfer. We will help you,don’t worry and we will take care of you

What is there for non-painters to do?
There is so much for non-painters to do on our tours and many of the workshops include other non-painters. Non-painters can go sightseeing and visit local towns and museums.

I am a Photographer can I come Yes,in fact the artists are always taking pictures to use back home

Can I go on the trip and pay for my own hotels somewhere else? Yes as long as you are in same town

Where can I find out more about the artist and his recent works? available on this website

How can I be sure that you received my booking and deposit? 
On receipt of your booking form and deposit we will send you a confirmation letter and you can call us any time to check up on your status

I’m going with my partner what is the rate and why? Even if your not painting we all are using our private coach and driver with all the insurance to cover you.You will also be with painters on tours and sightseeing trips.We designed the tour to suit NON PAINTERS and PAINTERS each day.We discount by $100