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Drawing on art to explore tragic family legacy

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Bernadette Burns with the painting, 1st November 1920, the date on which Eileen Quinn was shot.

Lifestyle – When British Auxiliary forces murdered young mother, Eileen Quinn, on November 1920 in South Galway, it caused outrage here and in England. The impact of Eileen’s murder on her family left a imprint that spanned generations. Her grandniece, artist Bernadette Burns, explores Eileen’s death and the fragility of human memory in a new exhibition at Galway Arts Centre. JUDY MURPHY hears about it. 

The chaise longue in the Quinn family house in Kiltartan, just outside Gort, is an heirloom, one that has been lovingly restored and reupholstered by the current generation of the family.

It’s a beautiful piece of furniture, but this chaise longue has much more than aesthetic significance for the family of Eileen Quinn. Eileen was an innocent young woman and mother of three, who was murdered 100 years ago this year by forces of the British Crown in Ireland at the height of Ireland’s War of Independence.

Images of chaise longue where Eileen died are central to an exhibition, The Uncertainty of History, which opens at Galway Arts Centre in the City this Friday evening, January 10, and will run until February 22.

The Uncertainty of History is the work of Galway-born artist Bernadette Burns, who now lives on Sherkin Island off the south-west Cork coast and it’s an exploration of family history and the fragility of memory.

Bernadette grew up hearing the story of her grandaunt, Eileen, her grandmother, Tessie’s younger sister and knew that Eileen had been a victim of the guerrilla war that raged across Ireland in 1920.

“It was known in the family but not talked about a lot,” Bernadette recalls of Eileen’s murder by the infamous D Company of the Auxiliaries, a group of ex-British Army officers who been recruited by the British Government in 1920 to quell the Irish war of independence. The Auxiliaries were noted for drinking, ill-discipline and violence.

After Tessie died in 1991 and Bernadette found her diaries, the young woman wished she’d learned more from her grandmother about that troubled time and her grandaunt’s death.

Bernadette was reared in Newcastle in Galway City, one of a family of five and studied art at the then RTC and the National college of Art and Design in Dublin.

Her late father, Kieran, who was Professor of Physiology at the then UCG, was Eileen’s nephew and had grown up in Kiltartan.

His parents taught in the two-teacher school close to the house outside which his aunt had been shot by an unidentified member of the Auxiliaries on November 1, 1920, as the British para-military police were returning from Gort to Galway in military lorries.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Tuam men put late gloss on a hard earned win in Clonbur

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Tuam Stars' Cormac McWalter whose haul of 1-2 was vital in their Senior Football Championship win over Naomh Anna Leitir Móir in Clonbur on Saturday.

Tuam Stars 2-14

 Naomh Anna Leitir Móir 0-12 

Mike Rafferty in Clonbur

The outcome of this senior football championship contest in Clonbur looks decisive, but reality tells a different story as it was only in the latter stages that Tuam Stars pulled away to win with a shade of comfort.

For the majority of the opening half, it was the Connemara side who were the real drivers of the game, but despite that they still found themselves two points in arrears at the break. A Cormac McWalter goal on 29 minutes was to change the course of proceedings and, in reality, put Tuam in the driving seat for the rest of the match.

For a side that dominated the second half,  it was only in the closing quarter that Tuam Stars pulled away as a 1-5 tally without reply in a seven-minute spell turned what had been a close contest into a comfortable victory by the end. However, once they went ahead, the Stars stuck to their task and never gave Leitir Móir an opportunity to get back into it.

The performance of Naomh Anna saw contrasting productions. An impressve opening half when they were full of running and support play turned in the opposite direction on the resumption. It was almost as if they did not believe in themselves.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway historian’s 14 new books bring running total to 70!

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Steve Dolan.

There may be a book in everyone – but producing 18 of them for publication in one week is taking it to a different level. And yet that’s what Galway historian Steve Dolan has done for Heritage Week. . . adding 18 books this year to bring him up to 70 over the last seven years – and he’s firmly committed to hitting one hundred.

By day – and given the workload, increasingly by night – he is the chief executive of Galway Rural Development (GRD), but the Carrabane resident has had a lifelong passion for history. And that’s what he turns to as a form of relaxation which peaks at this time every year.

Not alone that; he already has the first five of next year’s publications completed – and he’s only starting!

This year’s booklets are all on the theme of Gaelic Games and every one of them is in aid of a different community group or charity. Theoretically, they are limited editions, but – given his own love of the subject matter – he won’t see anyone who shares that passion miss out.

While all eighteen new publications share that GAA theme, the diversity of subject matter within that is breath-taking – and an incredible achievement in terms of the workload and production.

From the story of the county title that Liam Mellows were robbed of in 1942 to the contribution of An Cath Gaedhealach to Galway GAA in 1947/48 or Galway’s 1923 and 1925 All-Ireland victories to sport in County Galway during the revolutionary years; the books are as much about social history as about sport.

See the full list of publications in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now, or you can download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie. You can also download our Connacht Tribune App from Apple’s App Store or get the Android Version from Google Play.

And if they are of interest to you, you can contact Steve at sdolan@grd.ie to buy them.

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Scenic farmland for sale in Joyce Country

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Stunning vista: the farmhouse (bottom left of photo) for sale in Knockaunban Valley.

An outstanding residential hill farm in the renowned Maam Valley – better known as Joyce Country – a stunning and scenic hill farming area between Leenane and Maam.

Located in the Knockaunbaun Valley, which is a part of the Maum Turk mountain range, the farm extends to 114.04 hectares (281.79 acres) and is held in three large sections with other smaller sections along Bealnabrack River which flows into Lough Corrib nearby.

It provides excellent hill grazing on which a small herd of cattle and a large flock of sheep were farmed for many years. The land on both sides of a country lane is well fenced in the valley while a large section of hill on the Maum Turks being unfenced.

The dwelling house is nestled in a grove of pine trees is an 1930s cottage which consists of an entrance hall, living area, kitchen, three bedrooms and a bathroom. The roof and windows of the property were upgraded several years ago. However, the dwelling is in need of full refurbishment.

It has a private water source, mains electricity and a telephone connection. To the rear of the house there are a selection of traditional farm sheds with a storage shed to the front of the dwelling.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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