An exhibition of impressionist painting draws record crowds to the National Gallery of Ireland.

Over forty thousand people have been to see works of Irish impressionist art during a six week run. The exhibition has been so successful that the National Gallery is to extend the run by a further two weeks.

It's the most popular exhibition ever in the National Gallery.

Consisting of 120 paintings, three quarters of the paintings on display are on loan from public and private collections from England, France, and the United States.

Less than a third of the paintings on display belong to the National Gallery. The exhibition is titled 'Irish Artists Working in France and Belgium between 1850 and 1914'. 

The works include paintings by artists such as William Leech, Paul Henry, Sarah Purser, John Lavery and Walter Osborne, as well as numerous Irish artists who studied in Belgium and France in the second half of the nineteenth century. 

The exhibition will move to the Ulster Museum in Belfast on 2 December. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 18 November 1984. The reporter is Michelle McCaughren.