Thursday 29 September 2016

Art project remembers civilians killed in 1916

Jane O'Faherty

Published 08/04/2016 | 02:30

The 1916 Sackville Art Project organiser Ciara O’Keeffe. Picture: Caroline Quinn
The 1916 Sackville Art Project organiser Ciara O’Keeffe. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Students, artists and volunteers have paid a poignant tribute to innocent civilians killed in the 1916 Rising.

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Some 262 small, beautifully crafted model houses have been made in memory of the 262 civilians who lost their lives.

The 1916 Sackville Project exhibition was the brainchild of Kildare-based ceramic artist, Ciara O'Keeffe.

"The idea was that 2016's civilians would make a piece for 1916's civilians, so it would just be ordinary people remembering ordinary people," she said.

"We said we would make a house that would be a 'forever home' for each civilian, that they would always be remembered," she added.

The model homes were designed by people from all walks of life, including schoolchildren, prisoners, artists and knitting groups.

Ciara's own work commemorates dentist Charles Hachette Hyland (29) who was killed at his back door in Northumberland Road when he was hit by a stray bullet.

The exhibition will open on today at the Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin, and run until April 24.

Admission is free but donations will be accepted to cover some of the costs.

Funds raised will also be donated to homelessness charity The Peter McVerry Trust.

Irish Independent

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