2021 – Publication –  by A.C.A. Public, Eds. ACA Public/D. O’Mahony, Published Askeaton Contemporary Arts.

A profile of the circumstance and nature of paintings realised throughout the 1990s by Deirdre O’Mahony.


Slow Research

2020 – Article – Visual Artists’ News Sheet

Outlining the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on artistic projects.


SPUD 2009 – 2019

2020 – Artist book –  Texts D. O’Mahony & S. Phlean, Essay Catherine Marshall.

A decade of the SPUD project’s events, collaborations, conversations and artworks. 


Here to there and back again

2020 – Article – Honest Ulsterman, June

On the SPUD publication.


“Groundworks” Grasslands, eds., Lene Noer and Birgitte Kristensen, Denmark

2019 – Essay – Grasslands Programme Publication Aarhus ECOC 2018.

On Groundworks – a Danish village’s struggle to remain a self-sustaining community.


In Course of Rearrangement: Material Speculations on Absent Histories

2019 – Exhibition Catalogue Essay.

On an exhibition by Marielle MacLeman responding to histories of enterprise, labour and land use in Dublin’s Liberties.



2019 – Project pamphlet – design by Kaye Toland

Embedding diversity in organic and low input food systems.


Going Underground: Re-connecting Art and Rurality.

2018 – Book Chapter in Rurality Re-imagined, ed. Ben Stringer, Oro Editions: California and the University of London.

Perspectives on contemporary rurality from different academic and creative fields.


Thinking Long: ‘Slow’ Practice in Rural Places

2016 – Commissioned text by the Arts Council for


SPUD: A Dialogical Aesthetic Enquiry

2015 – Seed Broadsheet – agri-Culture Journal

Farming knowledge, food security, seed heritage and sustainability


Aughty in Transit(ion): Are We There Yet?

2014 – Commissioned Essay.

Publication for Aughty film by Tom Flanagan & Megs Morley


New Ecologies between Art and Rural Life: Between Art
and Rural Life Towards a Collaborative Re-imaging of
Place and Community in Rural Ireland

2014 – Irish Families and Globalization: Conversations about Belonging and Identity
across Space and Time, Groves Monograph Series

The X-PO project’s exploration of regionality in the West of Ireland.


A Letter to Lucy

2013 – Printed and Published correspondence.

An email letter to Lucy R. Lippard about rural urban (mis)understandings.


Revisiting and Reframing the Anthropological Archive

2013 – Irish Journal of Anthropology – Co-written with Anne Byrne

An alternative methodology of reflexive revisiting to foster ‘empathetic insight’.



2012 – Project pamphlet

The future is in the ground.


2015 – Project Pamphlet

The future is at your feet.


2016 – Project Pamphlet

The future is in the bag


Acknowledging Rural Complexity

2012 – Public Art Review – issue 47

Interview with Deirdre O’Mahony


New Ecologies Between Rural Life and Visual Culture in the
West of Ireland: History, Context, Position, and Art Practice. 

2012 – Doctoral thesis – University of Brighton

Questioning trans-disciplinary reflection on local/rural and national/global connections.


Abandoned Clare – ‘Bad’ Nostalgia or Re-membering?

2011 – Abridged 0-20 – Introduction by Gregory McCartney

A reminder of preexisting alternative ways of doing things in County Clare.


Family and Community: (Re)Telling Our Own Story

2011 – Journal of Family Issues – Co-written with Anne Byrne and the Rinnamona Research Group

An inquiry into dominant narratives through collaborative community research.


The Trouble with Beauty

2006 – Seminar Paper – The Visual Artists’ News Sheet

Considering aesthetics, ecology and the landscape of the West of Ireland.




“Incorrigibly plural”? Rural Life worlds Between Concept and Experience

2014 – Iain Biggs – Canadian Journal of Irish Studies – Vol. 38, Nos. 1+2

Crisis and the Visual Arts in Ireland

2015 – Pat Cooke – Études irelandaises 40-2