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1916 Rising Project Exhibition Dooradoyle Library

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2016 marks the centenary of the 1916 rising and is a celebration of one of the most tumultuous rebellions in Irish history. Dooradoyle Library

Limerick Printmakers are proud to exhibit two community projects created as part of the 1916 commemorations. Limerick Printmakers facilitators Tarah Scott Colgan and Deirdre Gallagher worked with groups from the Dooradoyle Training Centre and the Go For Life – Creative Stitch Group respectively to explore the role of women (from both historical and personal perspectives) during the Rising and thereafter.

The work is currently being exhibited in Dooradoyle Library. Limerick Printmakers invites you to visit this intriguing visual exploration of this seminal period in Irish history. This project explores how 1916 ‘sewed’ the seeds for equality in Ireland in 2016 through the medium of print along with stitch working and with the fabric of the Irish flag in some form. The community group is a Creative Stitch group of women  living in Limerick that meet each week to stitch and socialise. Over five weeks the group explored their female/matriarchal family tree back to 1916 using the theme ‘Remembering and Re-imagining’. The ladies gathered images, data and some personal objects relating to their individual female family members lineage from 1916 to 2016. These experiences were shared with the group and encompassed both analytical and anecdotal information resulting in research material that was at once historical, personal, inspiring, humorous and quietly moving. The group consisted of Antoinette English, Mary Sadlier, Dolores O’Meara, Miriam Griseto, Maeve Power. The facilitator was Deirdre Gallagher of Limerick Printmakers. The exhibition continues until Tuesday 7 June.

Limerick Printmakers would like to commend both groups for the quality of their pieces and thank both the Watch House Cross Community Library in Moyross and Dooradoyle Library for exhibiting this work. Limerick Printmakers also wishes to acknowledge the support and funding of the 1916/2016 Commemoration Project team.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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