POWER, FINTAN J. Irish writer

I did this illustration  of Irish writer Fintona J Power in acrylics.2016-01-31 23.28.32


Easons 1916

I visited Eason’s in Blanchardstown Shopping Center today. It was very busy because of the bad weather.  Just inside the door was a counter packed with all the relevant books relating to 1916 and the Rebellion. Michael Barry’s  book “Courage Boys we are winning ” was on display. I spotted Conor Kostic’s book  on Michael O’ Hanrahan one of the leaders of the Easter rising. Conor is a member of the Irish Writers Union and I enjoyed  his last book on “Strongbow”. Eason’s are a major book outlet and their main retail outlet is on O’Connell street (formerly Sackville Street).

The building in 80 Middle Abbey Street and O’Connell Street  was there since 1886 when Eason and his son bought it from W.H. Smith.

I wonder how it fared in the Rising?

1916 Galway

I visited the Library in Galway looking for in formation about the city’s involvement in the 1916 rebellion. I was aware of some of the exciting events that happened there in 1916 and of Liam Mellows involvement. I enquired at the counter if there was section devoted to the Rebellion. The helpful assistant gave me excellent book on Cumann na mBan and a postcard relating to six lectures. I noted no urgency or interest in the 1916 activities. There was not a section devoted to the Rising such as I had found yesterday in the famous Charles Byrne’s bookshop which I visited the day before.2016-01-28 22.39.40 I inquired about Renmore barracks and asked for some info. I was directed to a section but failed to find the book  on Renmore. My overall impression was that the library was old fashioned , underfunded and in need of a revamp.