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Battle of the Boyne painting restored inside castle

By Brian Hutton

A unique painting of the Battle of the Boyne is being restored in a castle because it is too big to move off-site.

Dutch painter Jan Wyck's panoramic record of the largest battle fought on Irish soil was completed three years after the 1690 clash between Protestant King William III and Catholic King James II.

Measuring more than three metres long and over two metres high, the canvas has been hanging over the dining room of Malahide Castle, in north county Dublin, for the past 40 years.

Fourteen members of the Talbot family, who built the castle, died at the battle.

The painting was bequeathed to the Republic's National Gallery in 1936 and has been on loan to Malahide since 1976.

Its size has forced the National Gallery of Ireland, which owns the painting, to restore it on site.

Sean Rainbird, director of gallery, said it needed renovation for an exhibition of Irish history next year, as part of the Decade of Centenaries commemorations.

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