The beautiful Georgian walls of The Ireland Funds Gallery in the Little Museum of Dublin are now dominated by 60 giant cartoon drawings and texts retelling the fascinating story of the Easter Rising with verve, wit and a deliberate lightness of touch, by Irish artist Fergal McCarthy.
Fizzing with energy, the drawings are also being published as a 60 page book available for sale at the Little Museum during the course of the exhibition, which runs from Wednesday January 27 until the end of April, as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.
Humour is always a component of his work, and McCarthy’s deliberately playful drawing style will attract all types of visitors and readers including a family audience. You can see the full exhibition at the Little Museum of Dublin on Stephen’s Green.
Ireland 2016, The Ireland Funds and Dublin City Council have also generously supported the project. Speaking at the launch of the exhibition, the Minister of State with Responsibility for Commemorations, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD said: “I am delighted to be here in the Little Museum of Dublin to launch Fergal McCarthy’s new exhibition “1916: A Country is Born”. This is a fascinating cartoon exhibition which is innovative in its imagination. This exhibition will make the story of the 1916 Rising more accessible, and I am pleased to see that so many school children will get to enjoy it. The Centenary of the 1916 Rising is for all of us, and Fergal’s new exhibition will play an important role in making that a reality.”
Check out other events, stories and interesting articles from the Easter Rising on our dedicated commemorative page here.