B (Bridget) Cummins sadly passed away last month. She was one of a team of five who made the iconic centre panel of the Lockout Tapestry. The others were Mary O’Reilly, Bernie Murphy, Tess Flynn and Maree Maher. They came into Tara House practically every Tuesday for 15 months to make the centre panel. Ruth Cummins very kindly wrote to me on behalf of the family after B’s death to thank us for attending the packed funeral mass, a tribute to her popularity and all the work she did in the community, but also to say – ‘B loved working on the Tapestry and we are proud of the work she did’.
We reproduce the letter with Ruth’s permission along with a picture of B with the Tapestry at its launch in Liberty Hall in September 2013 with some of the team.
Lord Mayor of Dublin to unveil ‘Easter 1916’ painting in Docklands
“Shadows of the Rising” – a Sean O’Casey Theatre writing & drama competition will also be announced
The East Wall History Group, in conjunction with the Sean O’Casey Theatre will hold a 1916 Rising commemorative event on Wednesday evening.
A new painting by artist Eilish Lynch will be unveiled by Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke.
The painting is a representation of the 1916 Rising and Independence struggle. The artist’s family were participants – her Father and Mother were members of the Irish Citizen Army, while her Uncle Sean Hunter was in the Irish Republican Army. Her father, Christy Crothers, was 14 years old when he served in the Stephens Green Garrison, but was sent home by Countess Markievicz due to his age. All three were involved in some way with the events of ‘Bloody Sunday’ 1920, and Sean would die tragically as a member of the National Army in 1922. The painting is entitled ““THEY DID US PROUD: OUR HEROES GONE”
“Shadows of the Rising” is a competition which will invite playwrights to submit new, short works based on that theme. Four plays will be selected by an independent panel and each will be awarded a bursary of €400 and will be staged and presented as part of the 1916 celebrations hosted The Sean O Casey Theatre in 2016.
The Lockout Tapestry is on display at Ballyfermot Library throughout April and May 2015 with explanatory leaflets – don’t forget to sign visitors book!