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!
John will also debut new work at literary event on Dublin visit
On Tuesday 24th March at 8.15pm John will be delivering a talk entitled “The Molly Maguires: Myth , History and Mystery “ in The Cobblestone , Smithfield .
The Molly Maguires were a group of Irish immigrant coal miners in Pennsylvania who struggled against unjust mine bosses and were the victims of the largest mass execution in US history. Twenty accused “Molly Maguires” were hanged in upstate Pennsylvania in 1877 and 1878. John Kearns has written a play “Sons of Molly Maguire,” and a talk he delivered at Dublins Sean O’Casey Theatre in 2013 was a huge success.
According to John Kearns:
“I am thrilled to be giving the talk ‘Molly Maguires of Pennsylvania: Myth, History, & Mystery’ at the Cobblestone Pub on 24 March. I’ve updated the presentation with information and insights from new resources that have become available — particularly about the connection between the Mollies and rural theatrical traditions.” (more…)
The 1913 Lockout Tapestry is currently on display at the Dublin City Civic Archive and Public Library in Pearse Street, Dublin. Mary Hunter was one of the core group of stitchers. She is also a leading member of the Medical Laboratory Laboratory Scientists. She recently told the story of her involvement in the making of the Tapestry to her colleagues in the MLSA.
The 1913 Lockout Tapestry is an ambitious, large-scale collaborative visual arts project to commemorate the Dublin Lockout. When the idea for the Lockout Tapestry was first mooted it was decided it would have to be community based and involve people in reclaiming their own past rather than simply commissioning a work of art. Two of the country’s leading artists, Cathy Henderson, who passed away in October 2014, and Robert Ballagh designed a narrative based on a timeline provided by historian Padraig Yeates. Retired SIPTU activists Brendan Byrne and Michael Halpenny provided much of the organisational expertise, and Angela Keane from the National College of Art and Design provided technical advice to groups working on the panels. However, the crucial element in commemorating this epic story was the involvement of over 200 volunteers who were drawn from schools, trade unions, community activists and above all from the arts and crafts sector.
One of those volunteers was our own Mary Hunter, a Senior Medical Scientists in the Laboratory in Holles Street Hospital and a long time activist in the MLSA. (more…)
A special premier showing of the 30 minute documentary “Sean O’Casey lived here – A community remembers”, produced by Near TV and directed by Eoin McDonnell.
Last year marked the 60th anniversary of the death of playwright Sean O’Casey . This was commemorated by the local community of East Wall and the North Dock through performances and readings of his work both in the theatre named after him and on the streets he once walked. Plaques were unveiled at his childhood home and on the site of the former St. Barnabas Church.
These events were captured by Eoin McDonnell , and show the community celebration and events , and also interviews residents about the importance of O’Casey and his years living in the area .
Featuring performances in the Sean O’Casey theatre and from the PEG Drama & Variety Group , actors Vinnie McCabe and Neilí Conroy . Also includes broadcaster and life-long fan Joe Duffy and professor Christopher Murray (author of the definitive O’Casey biography ), and Ann Matthews (historian and author).
Evening will include refreshments at 7.30pm , screening at 8pm and Q+A (ie. chat) afterwards . All welcome to this free event .
You are invited to attend SIPTU’s annual Jim Larkin commemoration in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, at 11 am on Saturday 31st January, to mark the sixty-eighth anniversary of his death. Larkin brought the ‘new unionism’ to Ireland, successfully organising and mobilising unskilled and semi-skilled workers for the first time in the country’s history. In doing so he transformed the nature of the Irish trade union movement and ultimately the shape of modern Irish society.
Larkin’s ideas are as relevant today as when he first arrived on our shores in 1908. Irish unions are once more reaching back to relearn the lessons of the organising model he created.
This is the third in a new generation of Larkin commemorations, the first of which was in January 2013. We see these commemorations as part of a process to re-examine, evaluate and learn the lessons of Larkinism, which not alone gave Irishmen and women the confidence and capacity to stand up for their rights at work, but the aspiration to transform Ireland into a just society which cherished all of its people equally.
We hope you will attend and we look forward to engaging with you in this vital debate over the coming months and years at this critical period in our country’s history.