I did this illustration of Irish writer Fintona J Power in acrylics.
I did this perspective view to see what I could see.
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?
I did this illustration of Vincent van Gough in acrylics. His colourful paintings influenced twentieth century art. He was poor all his life and sold only one painting. He said “I dream of painting and then I paint my dream”.
Tim Ring sending news of the rebellion to John Devoy in America from Valencia Island off the Kerry Coast in 1916.
I did this political cartoon on the train back from 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. 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.