Anthology Magazine issue 10 Spring 2019

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Smart Summer Suits for Men • Wedding Gowns: Made in Heaven

Australia: Sunshine Coast, Queensland • Weimar: The Heart of German Culture

Photographer: Christy Lee Rogers • Waterford Artist: Ken O’Neill

100 Years of Women in Irish Politics • Bauhaus 100: The Print Portfolios

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Welcome to Anthology Spring Issue 2019


e recently celebrated the centenary the First Dáil Éireann, which met on 21st January 1919 to claim the right of Ireland to self-government. This Irish parliament was formed as a result of the December 1918 general election, less than a year after The Representation of the People Act was passed, which granted women the right to vote and run in parliamentary elections. Constance Gore-Booth – Countess de Markievicz – was the first woman elected to the British House of Commons and the First Dáil. In this issue, we feature a ‘pop-up museum’, Women in Politics and Public Life, from 1918 to 2018, currently touring the country, which celebrates the lives of Irish women who took up political careers and positions once held predominately by men. While ideas of democracy and nationalism were widespread in Ireland, these principles were gaining ground across Europe in the aftermath of World War I. It was a time when new artistic movements emerged too, and this year we also celebrate the centenary of the Bauhaus, which was a major influence in shaping the modern world. We visit Weimar, Germany, where the movement was founded, and preview Bauhaus 100: The Print Portfolios, an exhibition taking place at the National Gallery, Dublin, from July. Meanwhile, our travel editorial explores

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Australia’s beautiful Sunshine Coast, the perfect place for an action-packed holiday or quiet escape at any time of year. And we talk to Waterford artist Ken O’Neill, whose work features on the cover, and introduce you to the dynamic underwater photography of Christy Lee Rogers. Welcome to spring, and thank you for continuing to be such an important part of Anthology Magazine’s journey. Edel

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TRAVEL Australia’s Sunshine Coast


TRAVEL Step by Step: Picturesque pedestrian bridges


TRAVEL Weimar: The heart of German culture


ART Bauhaus 100: The Print Portfolios


EXHIBITION Mary Quant: Retrospective at the V&A


INTERIORS Bless This House: Add value to your home


HEALTH A Spring Clean for the Mind


PHOTOGRAPHY Christy Lee Rogers: Muses

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64 PORTRAIT Ken O’Neill: Waterford artist 69 FASHION Smart Summer Suits: Men’s fashion 72


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words and photos orna o ’ reilly weber

Australia’s Sunshine Coast is hard to beat for its beautiful beaches, unspoiled national parks and water sports


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aving just spent four idyllic weeks on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, about an hour and a half

north of Brisbane Airport, I’m already looking forward to returning there. It’s rare that one can say of a holiday that every single day was bliss. For starters, the weather was perfect, with temperatures lingering around 28°C the entire time. And there was so much to do and see that even with a month there, we barely skimmed the surface of our wish list. I love how everything is so well organised in Australia. From the excellent roads to the careful drivers and the fantastic facilities for walking and cycling, residents and visitors alike are catered for on an epic scale. The length of the journey from Europe to Australia puts many people off, but we knew it was well worth it as soon as we arrived. Checking into the Duporth Riverside Apartments in Maroochydore, we were entranced by the uninterrupted view of the mouth of the Maroochy River, where it flows into the Coral Sea, with tiny Pincushion Island at its extremity. The river mouth has many sandbars busy with families fishing, swimming, yachting and kayaking. The town of Maroochydore itself was jampacked with fantastic ethnic restaurants and happy holidaymakers. Its gigantic shopping mall, Sunshine Plaza (one of the largest I’ve ever visited; a true shoppers’ paradise), was a tempting five-minute walk from our accommodation. Food on the Sunshine Coast was ethnically diverse and interesting. A few restaurants in Maroochydore itself that really tickled our palates and deserve a mention were The Boat Shed in Cotton Tree, with its excellent seafood, Bombay Bliss, which had samosas to die for, Junk, with its delicious Asian street food, and La Canteena, with its Mexican fare. Then there is The Poet’s Café in the quaint town of Montville and Guru Life in Rosemount, about ten minutes inland, where the breakfasts are fabulous and regular live music rocks its jungle garden. Of course, it’s impossible to visit the Sunshine Coast without taking to the water by boat, which we did in many forms. The Maroochy River was there, literally on ANTHOLOGY SPRING 2019 15

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our doorstep, ready to be explored. We did

who believe in its health-giving and healing

the river itself was extremely busy with

this in a few different ways.

properties. There, we boarded a large boat

speedboats whizzing by, some dragging

On one occasion, we hired a pontoon

and, with about another dozen souls on

youngsters along behind in little rubber

from Swan Boat Hire, whose office consists

board, crossed the lake and headed up

dinghies. I thought this was very dangerous

of a small van parked along the riverbank.

the stunning River of Mirrors, through the

and it scared me quite a bit. I’m ashamed

We had an idyllic afternoon exploring the

wetlands as far as Harry’s Hut, an historic

to admit that I squealed in terror the whole

river itself and motored up Petrie Creek

loggers’ camp. On our return from our trip

way down the river to our picnic spot and

for a picnic. Another day, we explored the

we enjoyed a roast lunch, washed down

the whole way back again. Never was I so

shallow waters of the river mouth and its

with excellent ice-cold artisan beer.

glad to step onto terra firma once more!

sandbars by canoe, which turned out to

One truly memorable evening was

be pretty exciting as we managed to go

spent on a Sunset Dinner Cruise on the

an afternoon spent chugging across the

aground on more than one occasion.

Noosa River. Snowy white tablecloths,

picturesque Mary Valley on an old steam

plentiful local wine, friendly crew and a

train, named the Mary Valley Rattler, from

visit to the Noosa Everglades, home to a

terrific four-course dinner awaited us as

quaint Gympie Station to Amamoor and

vast number of species of plant and animal

we meandered upriver in style.

back again. The sprawling town of Gympie,

One of the highlights of our trip was a

life. We drove to Boreen Point from where

One afternoon we had another Noosa

More suited to my preferred pace was

just off the Bruce Highway, comprises

our adventure with Everglades Eco Sa-

River experience that turned out to be

mainly traditional tin-roofed houses into

faris began. We started out from Habitat

rather more hair-raising. We hired a tiny

whose back gardens we were able to peer

Noosa, an area given over to ‘glamping’

cruiser from a local boat-hire company.

from the slow-moving train. We crossed

on the shores of tannin-coloured Lake

But the little boat was difficult to steer,

the Mary River and headed out into the

Cootharaba that is popular with bathers

only managing six knots downriver, and

prettiest countryside imaginable. On arrival in Amamoor, the big steam engine was turned around on a turntable and attached to the other end of the train. The result was

‘This mountain range consists of thirteen volcanic peaks, the highest of which is Mount Beerwah’

above: A beach hut on the Noosa River bank; right: Hand-feeding a crocodile at Australia Zoo! far right: The distinctive craggy peaks of the Glass House Mountains


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that we began our trip in the end carriage and finished at the front. We booked the Club Car where we were served wine and cheese in great comfort as we relaxed and photographed the beautiful countryside. A stop at Dagun for a wine and cheese tasting was included, but we had imbibed well by then and declined the opportunity. No visit to the Sunshine Coast is complete without mentioning the wide, sandy beaches. Maroochydore Beach was just a five-minute walk away from our apartment and, with its huge waves, is an idyllic spot to relax in the sun. Then there is Mooloolaba, a busy resort with a great fish market and a massive beach that’s popular with

left, clockwise from top: Exploring the Maroochy River Canoe Trail; The Noosa Everglades, one of Queensland’s most stunning natural landscapes; Canoe trip at the mouth of the Maroochy River


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surfers. Coolum Beach, dominated by

chocolate-coated sweets to body lotions

for so many years. His daughter Bindi and

squat, round Mount Coolum, just north of

and soaps. I enjoyed a packet of ‘Naked

son Robert are now deeply involved in the

Maroochydore, has a long boardwalk lead-

Ginger’ which consisted of small pieces of

management of the zoo. On newly created

ing uphill for great views. Further north

uncrystallised ginger without any coating.

‘Bindi’s Island’ we watched the lemurs at

is Noosa, with its sheltered beach, busy

From Maleny, which is slightly higher

play before strolling to the Africa section

than Montville, we drove out to the Mary

to see white rhinos and giraffes in an area

Cairncross Scenic Reserve from where

that felt like paradise. No typical zoo this, it

about 400 metres above sea level, are

the view of the Glass House Mountains

is divided into areas such as Asia and ’Roo

the small, pretty towns of Montville and

is stunning. This mountain range consists

Heaven, and there is an auditorium called

Maleny. Lots of little shops and quaint

of thirteen volcanic peaks, the highest of

the Crocoseum, where one can see – and

houses of Queenslander origin are to be

which is Mount Beerwah.

squeal at – the crocodiles being fed by hand

Hastings Street and excellent restaurants. In the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast,

twice a day. As it’s a huge place, not every-

seen with their corrugated iron roofs,

Australia Zoo warranted a visit too.

steep outside staircases and deep ve-

It’s located near Beerwah and is owned

one wants to walk it from end to end, so for

randas for outside living. These wooden

by Terri Irwin, widow of Steve Irwin, the

those who prefer, there is a shuttle service;

houses are to be seen all over Queensland

Crocodile Hunter who was tragically killed

private tours can be organised in advance.

and date from the mid nineteenth century.

by a stingray in 2006 aged just 44. We all

They are raised from the ground on either

remember Steve, whose exploits of der-

visit, and we’re already planning our next

low plugs or high stilts to enable ventila-

ring-do had us all on the edge of our sofas

trip Down Under.

Australia itself is a wonderful country to

tion and keep the termites at bay. Ginger is popular here, being a local crop. In fact, Queensland ginger is world famous and is widely grown here. It’s available everywhere in a mind-boggling array of products from jams to drinks to

‘The Neva is the main river intersecting St Petersburg, and it flows into the cold waters of the Baltic Sea’

clockwise from top left: Mooloolaba Marina; Montville, a quaint town in the Sunshine Coast hinterland; The Mary Valley Rattler steam engine; The mouth of the Maroochy River, where it flows into the Coral Sea


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utritionists say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but in

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is a cornucopia of flavours, colours and exotic ingredients, and nowhere along Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is this creative turn of the taste buds more evident than at Guru Life. Located along Petrie Creek Road in Rosemont, just a fifteen-minute drive from Maroochydore and sun-kissed Coral Sea beaches, is Guru Life, an under-thatch, tropical garden café-restaurant surrounded by a lily pad-filled duck pond owned and operated by the effervescent Jonny Bundellu.

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Stepby Step

Discover some of the world’s most picturesque and charming footbridges WORDS DOLORES O ’ DONOGHUE


rom ancient stepping stones to modern marvels of engineering, bridges are interesting architectural structures that have become part of our history. While many traffic-bearing bridges have become iconic landmarks, pedestrian bridges are fascinating in a different way. They often have long histories, and are stunning works of genius designed and built without computers or modern machinery often in the most inaccessible of places. Pedestrian bridges can be simple and utilitarian or they can be exquisite and creative

masterpieces. While the primary purpose of footbridges is to provide a link between two points across water, a valley or a road, they are also often landmarks that are ambitious, inventive and awe-inspiring works of art from end to end. Here is a selection of pedestrian bridges, ranging from the environmentally and socially conscious to those that are downright dangerous and scary.


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(also known as the Devil’s Bridge) Kromlau, Saxony, Germany

Commissioned in 1860 by Friedrich Herrmann, the knight of Kromlau, this thin arch is roughly built out of varied local stone and spans thirty-five metres. Because of its unique construction, the bridge merges with its reflection to create a perfect circle regardless of the point of observation. There are dozens of so-called devil’s bridges located around Europe, all of which are significant technological achievements of their time. Most of them share the same legend: a pact is made with the devil to assist in building the bridge in exchange for the first soul to cross it. The builder always looks for a way to trick the devil, for example, by luring an animal across the bridge first, thereby saving the soul of a human. But the Rakotzbrücke legend ends differently. On completion of the bridge, it was the builder himself who walked the bridge and sacrificed his own life to the devil. Today, the bridge can be viewed in the Azalea and Rhododendron Park in Kromlau, but in order to preserve this architectural masterpiece, walking across it is prohibited.


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The Tarr Steps

Exmoor National Park, Somerset, England This bridge, consisting of seventeen giant slabs, each weighing up to two tons, spans fifty-five metres across the River Barle. It is considered the best example of a clapper bridge, an ancient form of bridge that can be found throughout England but especially on the moors of Devon. The structure is probably medieval, although some have suggested that it may have prehistoric origins. Although the bridge is still in use, in recent years it has been heavily damaged by flooding, necessitating extensive reconstruction. The bridge features in R. D. Blackmore’s classic romance Lorna Doone (1869), when John Ridd, the narrator and courageous hero, visits a witch at her summer residence, ‘a pleasant cave, facing the cool side of the hill, far inland near Hawkridge, and close above Tarr-steps’.

Stepping Stone Bridge Fenghuang Ancient Town, Hunan Province, China A traditional dingbu bridge, made of cut and sunken stones, stretches across the Tuojiang River in China’s Fenghuang Ancient Town. The river stretches diagonally from the north-west to south-east of the town and is a life force for the local people. Women wash their clothes in its waters and men fish it with nets, while on its banks, food is prepared in much the same way as it has been for centuries. The river also provides a means for boatmen to support their families by ferrying visitors up and down for sightseeing. The settlement was built during the forty-three-year reign of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty in 1704. According to legend, two phoenixes flew over the town and didn’t want to leave because it was so beautiful; hence the name Fenghuang, meaning ‘Phoenix’.


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Aiguille du Midi Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France

Linking the north and south peaks of the Aiguille du Midi in the Rhône-Alpes of France, this bridge is accessible by taking two cable cars from the town of Chamonix, a resort at the base of Mont Blanc. This is the closest that non-climbers can get to Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe, and it offers unrivalled views over the massif, the glaciers, the Chamonix valley and the surrounding countries, France, Switzerland and Italy. The footbridge has been drilled into the mountain at a height of 3,842 metres above sea level. Although it is a short bridge and has support on two sides, the crossing is terrifying for anyone with a fear of heights.


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Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in the early 1900s

Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland Suspended almost thirty metres above sea level, the rope bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrick-a-Rede. It is thought to have been first erected by salmon fishermen over 350 years ago so they could cast their nets over the edge into the twenty-three-metre-deep chasm below. When the bridge was originally built it had just one handrail and the slats to walk on were widely spaced, making the rope bridge very dangerous indeed. As fish stocks declined, the bridge was used less and less by fishermen and it is now a tourist attraction. It has been remade a number of times, most recently in 2008 when it was greatly strengthened and complemented with wooden beams and a double handrail. However, crossing the bridge still requires serious nerve as it is incredibly shaky. For those who make it across, the reward is stunning views across to Rathlin Island and even Scotland.


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Shaharah Bridge

Yemen This astonishing limestone arch footbridge was constructed in the seventeenth century to connect two villages across a deep gorge. It is located high up (2,600 metres above sea level) in the Ahnum Mountain Range in north-western Yemen and connects two mountains, Jabal al Emir and Jabal al Faish. The bridge is twenty metres long and is suspended 200 metres above the gorge. No one really knows exactly how the bridge was built. One story goes that several bridges were built below the current bridge to help with the transfer of building supplies up the rugged terrain. While there is evidence of other bridges at the base of the arch, some believe they are remnants of earlier attempts to bridge this narrow yet precipitous gap. Another story goes that the structure was designed to fall apart in minutes in case the Turks tried to invade. The thought of this will certainly increase the heartbeat of those crossing, especially since it looks weathered and unstable enough to collapse under the slightest weight.

Henderson Waves Bridge

Henderson Road, Singapore Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge, thirty-six metres above Henderson Road, connects the hilltops of Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park. Its three-dimensional surface integrates structure and form in a unique series of wave-like ribs that ripple dramatically over and under the bridge deck, creating sheltered seating areas inside every upward curve. The bridge has become a popular recreational and leisure destination with walkers, joggers and cyclists. Visitors can look over the treetops, observe birds in their natural habitats, and admire the city’s skyline. The bridge takes on a different look at night, with LED lights dramatically illuminating its wave form.


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Changsha, Hunan Province, China Spanning the Dragon King Harbour River and a highway, this spectacular 185-metre-long bridge is actually three separate bridges intertwined into one. The three walkways overlap at five points, which provide structural support and offer pedestrians different routes across. The bridge can be accessed from eight different street entrances. Sitting twenty-four metres above the river, boats can cruise under it with ease. The Lucky Knot Bridge was unveiled in October 2016. As its name suggests, it was inspired by the Chinese knot and was designed by NEXT architects based in Amsterdam and Beijing. More than a bridge and a connection between two riverbanks, it is a key project in developing the area’s public space, and was designed with recreational, ecological and tourist activities in mind.




Lucky Knot Bridge


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View of the tree-lined Schillerstrasse in the old town of Weimar


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Weimar: The Heart of German Culture



reign of Anna Amalia and, later, her son

A centre for the arts during the German Enlightenment of the eighteenth century, the city of Weimar is an essential stop for visitors with an interest in the country’s history and culture

eimar first put itself on the map by being the focal point for what is thought of as the

‘Golden’ or ‘Classical’ age of the German Enlightenment (1758–1832). Under the Karl August, the city became a hub of cultural activity and was home to writers such as Goethe, Schiller and Herder and, in the nineteenth century, to the musicians Liszt and Strauss and the philosopher Nietzsche. Perhaps it is best known today as the seat of the Weimar Republic (1919–1933) and for its importance to the Nazis. It was absorbed into East Germany after the Second World War, but since

‘In the twenty-first century the city has come full circle, reclaiming the cultural and historical reputation it once held.’ reunification in 1990 the city has been regenerated and celebrated for its historical and cultural heritage. Goethe (1749–1832) has become the symbol of German culture, and his house, now a national museum, is located in an elegant square at the centre of Weimar. The museum displays his extensive collections – classical sculptures, mineralogical specimens, paintings, writings – as well as his living and domestic quarters. The ginkgo tree, one of the oldest trees in existence, was used by Goethe to illustrate his theory of Ur phenomenon, that all plants and living things are


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descended from one common source.

well worth a visit. It houses over a million

Everywhere you look in the city you will

books, as well as early manuscripts, maps

find the ginkgo leaf – on jewellery, table

and musical scores; among its collections

wear, shop signs – even on fly swats.

is a sixteenth-century bible connect-

Important figures in establishing Weimar

ed to Martin Luther, and texts by and

as a cultural centre were Anna Amalia of

about Shakespeare. The building itself is

Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1739–1807) and

stunning, and famous for its oval-shaped

her son Karl August (1757–1828). After An-

Rococo Hall. Books sit on white and gilded

na’s young husband, Ernst August, died in

woodwork shelves flanked by busts of

1758 she became a patron of the arts and

the cultural luminaries drawn to the town.

attracted many of the eminent German

Unfortunately, a fire and subsequent water

writers and thinkers of the day to the ducal

damage in 2004 destroyed 40,000 books,

court in Weimar. They acted as tutors and

but the library has since been carefully re-

advisors to her son and stayed on in Wei-

stored and re-opened in 2015. It is visited

mar to commune with fellow artists and to

by over two million people a year.

take up positions at the ducal court. The Duchess Anna Amalia Library is

clockwise from top: The Russian Orthodox Chapel built in 1860 for Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, who married Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, grandson of Anna Amalia; Portrait of Anna Amalia, Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1739–1807), by Johann Ernst Heinsius, from the Duchess Anna Amalia Library collection; A baby goat at Park on the Ilm; Goethe–Schiller monument in front of the Court Theatre

Adjacent to the library is the Park on the Ilm. This calm green space was originally


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designed by Karl August. Within its bound-

neath the crucified Christ. This painting is

aries are Goethe’s Garden House and the

said to be the single most important visual

Grand Duke’s Roman House, designed by

monument of the German Reformation.

Goethe from classical buildings he sketched

During the twentieth century, the

on his Grand Italian Tour. The park also

town’s history became decidedly darker.

sustains flocks of sheep and goats.

To avoid the ongoing fights between

The most important church in the city

Communists and the Far Right in Berlin,

is the Lutheran St Peter & Paul, more

the National Assembly convened at

commonly known as Herder Church

Weimar where a new constitution for Ger-

(Herdekirche) because Herder is buried

many was written and adopted in August

there. Luther gave sermons at the church,

1919, thus making Germany a republic

and Bach was the organist for a time. The

for the next fourteen years. In 1933, the

Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach and,

National Socialist movement took over;

after his death, his son, painted a triptych

Weimar was the scene of many Nazi rallies

of the crucifixion for the altar depicting Lu-

during Hitler’s election campaign in 1932.

ther and his fellow reformers standing be-

Hitler was very fond of Weimar’s oldest

‘The Duchess Anna Amalia Library is well worth a visit. It houses over a million books, as well as early manuscripts, maps and musical scores’

clockwise from riGHt: Horse-drawn

carriage rides with a coachman in historic costume are popular with tourists; Goethe’s poem, with ginkgo leaves pasted on by Goethe himself; The Rococo Hall of the Duchess Anna Amalia Library; Goethe’s historic residence, which is now the Goethe National Museum


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hotel, the Elephant, which still stands in

and typography. It was one of the most

the market place. Recently refurbished,

influential movements of the twentieth

the five-star hotel houses a magnificent

century. The earliest examples of modern

collection of twentieth-century photo-

house design are to be found in the city,

graphs and artworks, and boasts a Miche-

and Bauhaus University based at Weimar

lin-starred restaurant, Restaurant AnnA.

continues that tradition, specialising in

Only a few miles from the city is clockwise from below: Schiller’s

historic residence in Schillerstrasse; The Michelin-star restaurant AnnA at Hotel Elephant; The Cranach altar triptych at the Herder Church; The Church of St Peter and Paul, also known as Herderkirche (Herder Church)

artistic, architectural and engineering disci-

Buchenwald concentration camp,

plines. A new Bauhaus Museum is opening

through which 250,000 prisoners passed

in Weimar in April 2019.

between 1937 and 1945; 65,000 men,

Indeed, Weimar is full of museums –

women and children died there. The

over twenty at the last count – on all sorts

camp is open to the public and can by

of topics from printing presses to railways,

reached by bus from Weimar.

reflecting its modern-day cultural diversity.

Weimar was also the place where the

In the twenty-first century the city has

Bauhaus movement started in 1919. Best

come full circle, reclaiming the cultural

known for its architecture, Bauhaus style

and historical reputation it once held in its

took in art, graphic and interior design

eighteenth-century heyday.

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Bauhaus100: the print portfolios

Celebrating the centenary of Bauhaus, the revolutionary school of art, architecture and design established in Weimar, Germany words edel cassidy

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n his early career, German architect

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of

Walter Gropius (1883–1969) worked on

the founding of the Bauhaus, the National

everything from architectural and indus-

Gallery of Ireland is exhibiting a complete

trial design to office lighting and stationery.

set of the Bauhaus print portfolios, on

This experience was influential in leading

loan from the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart.

him to the total design ethos that became

The portfolios comprise fifty-two wood-

the Bauhaus Movement. His philosophy was

cuts, etchings, lithographs and linocuts by

to create a visionary, utopian craft guild that

forty-five renowned avant-garde artists,

combined beauty with usefulness through

including Lyonel Feininger, Paul Klee,

architecture, sculpture, painting, graphics,

Franz Marc, Max Beckmann, George Gro-

crafts, furniture and engineering.

sz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Marc Chagall,

In 1919, Gropius was appointed master of the Grand-Ducal Saxon School of Arts and Crafts in Weimar on the recommen-

Wassily Kandinsky, Umberto Boccioni, and Natalia Goncharova. The motto of the Bauhaus was to ‘Re-

dation of Henry van de Velde, its founder,

think the World’ through art and design.

and he transformed the school into what

The prints in the exhibition, made at the

became known as the Bauhaus.

print workshop in Weimar, explore the

The print workshop was the first

visionary European artists associated with

department of the Bauhaus to be fully

the Bauhaus and provide an insight into

operational, and Lyonel Feininger was

the much larger Bauhaus phenomenon.

appointed its head. He was responsible for producing, in four portfolios, a se-

Bauhaus 100: The Print Portfolios will

lection of new European graphic works,

run from 20 July to 1 December 2019 at

printed between 1922 and 1924.

The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.

above: (Top) Oskar Schlemmer, Concentric Group, Figure Plan K1, 1923; (Bottom) Paul Klee, The Saint of the Inner Light, 1921 left: Christian Rohlfs, Two Dancers, c. 1913 opposite page: Wassily Kandinsky, Composi-

tion, 1922


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Discover how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution, from miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and make-up WORDS EDEL CASSIDY

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he first international retrospective on the iconic fashion designer Dame Mary Quant takes place at the

Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The exhibition explores the years 1955 to 1975, when Quant revolutionised the high street, harnessing the youthful spirit of the sixties and new mass production techniques to create a new look for women. Quant personified the energy and fun of swinging London, and was a powerful role model for the working woman. Challenging conventions, she popularised the miniskirt, colourful tights and tailored trousers, encouraging a new age of feminism. The miniskirt would go on to become an icon of the time and spark a new creative scene in London and beyond. The exhibition brings together over 120 garments, accessories, cosmetics, sketches and photographs drawn from Quant’s archive and from the extensive fashion holdings at the V&A, which houses

and are on display, accompanied by their

shows how her designs, often based on

the largest public collection of Quant

owners’ personal stories and photographs

schoolgirl pinafores or masculine tailoring,

garments in the world.

of the women wearing their beloved

brought an entertaining slant to fashion

Quant clothes. These objects and stories

and was soon noticed by fashion editors

members of the public. The museum

have transformed the exhibition narrative

and newspaper journalists.

received over 800 responses to its call-out

and uncovered rare examples, such as a

to track down rare Quant garments from

very early unlabelled blouse, a hat sold at

traditional dress worn by their mothers

wardrobes around the country. Thirty-five

Bazaar, and colourful PVC raincoats.

and grandmothers, Quant’s tiny boutique

The show also includes donations from

objects were selected

The exhibition begins in 1955 when

Inspiring young women to rebel against

on the King’s Road grew into a wholesale

Quant opened her experimental shop,

brand available in department stores

Bazaar, on Chelsea’s King’s Road. It

across the UK. Her success soon hit

top: The Mary Quant Beauty bus, 1971 © INTERFOTO Alamy Stock Photo. above: Mary Quant selecting fabric, 1967 © Rolls Press/Popperfoto/ Getty Images. right: Mary Quant. Photo by Ronald Dumont, c.1967. © Ronald Dumont/Stringer/Getty Images opposite: Satin minidress and

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America, where her designs were made for chain stores and mail-order companies. Quant quickly became the woman that made fashion less exclusive and more accessible to a new generation. Ahead of her time in marketing and promotion, she was the embodiment of the label. Her distinctive, photogenic style, playful energy and revolutionary approach made her the ultimate ambassador for the brand. The show explores some of Quant’s most memorable moments, from collecting her OBE to the evolution of her rising hemlines. The exhibition looks at her collaborations with manufacturers, diversifying into underwear, hosiery and cosmetics, all made to her designs and packaged with her distinctive daisy logo. It also explores her own line of dolls, known as Daisy dolls, a rival to Barbie. ‘It was a wonderfully exciting time, and despite the frenetic, hard work we had enormous fun,’ says Dame Mary Quant. ‘We didn’t necessarily realise that what we were creating was pioneering, we were simply too busy relishing all the opportuabove: Mary Quant and models at the Quant Afoot footwear collection launch, 1967 © PA Prints 2008. left: Model holding a Bazaar bag c.1959 © Mary Quant Archive. right: Courtesy of Terence Pepper Collection/Image © John Cowan Archive. opposite: Kellie Wilson

wearing tie dress by Mary Quant’s Ginger Group. Photo by Gunnar Larsen, 1966. © Gunnar Larsen

nities and embracing the results before rushing on to the next challenge! Friends have been extremely generous in loaning, and in many cases, donating garments and accessories to the V&A which they have lovingly cherished for many years.’ From small boutique to international label, Quant revolutionised British fashion with energy, flair and rebellion. Mary Quant at the V&A features never-before-seen designs and provides an unrivalled insight into the career of one of Britain’s most revolutionary and important fashion designers. The exhibition Mary Quant runs from 6 April 2019 to 16 February 2020


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‘Fashion is not frivolous; it is a part of being alive today’ – Mary Quant

Jill Kennington wearing white PVC rain tunic and hat. Photo by John Cowan, 1963 Courtesy of Fashion Museum Bath/Image © John Cowan Archive 40 SPRING 2019 ANTHOLOGY

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This House words louise higgins

Whether you’re planning to sell a house or simply update it to maximise its potential, here are some simple suggestions that will add value and functionality to any home.

Rework the entrance You only get one chance to make a good first impression and the same principle can be applied to your home. Visitors and potential buyers will make a judgement before they even enter the property. It’s essential that the garden and entrance is well presented. Cut back any large shrubs that may be taking up too much garden space or blocking light from the windows. A well-kept garden, nicely painted hall door and some potted plants or lanterns will instantly make the visitor feel welcome and eager to see the rest of your home.

Room layouts Ensure that room layouts showcase rooms to their best potential. Consider rearranging furniture if it creates better flow or adds functionality in your space. These days many people work from home, so incorporating an office area is a good idea. Consider areas like a bedroom, landing, living room or even converting a storage cupboard as potential home office areas. Rooms with a dual purpose appeal to buyers, so adding a day-bed to an office or an office desk to a bedroom will help potential buyers visualise the space either as a home office or guest bedroom.

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Colour schemes One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to add value to a home is to give it a fresh coat of paint. While dark moody interiors look fabulous and may appeal to some buyers, the houses that sell fastest are those with more neutral colour schemes. Most estate agents will advise that a neutral palette is best when putting a house on the market, as this allows the potential buyer to visualise the space better. However, it’s easy to add spots of colour using artwork, scatter cushions, throws, rugs and table lamps.

Bathroom basics

Kitchen update The kitchen is a room that buyers tend to focus on, so it’s definitely worth investing some money here. Changing layouts and replacing kitchen units, islands and appliances can be very costly and may not yield a return on investment. However, things to consider are repainting the kitchen units, changing worktops, updating press and drawer handles and adding some new lighting.

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Replacing an existing bathroom is a costly undertaking. However, it can make a big difference to simply change the bathroom fixtures, add a new light fitting or replace the wall tiles. Swapping chrome bathroom fixtures to matt black will give a modern look and is not nearly as expensive as a complete bathroom renovation. If budget and space allow, adding an en-suite or second bathroom can increase the value of your property by approximately five per cent. If replacing floor tiles, it might be worth investigating installing underfloor heating while you’re at it.

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Add an outdoor space Our climate is getting warmer, and last summer we managed to spend endless days enjoying our gardens. Adding an extra living space to the back garden will add value to the home while also providing a beautiful area to enjoy on hot summer days. Consider a relaxing living area with comfortable weather-resistant seating or an intimate dining space for al fresco dining. Either will be an instant hit with potential buyers.

Accessories Accessories are a must when styling a home for resale. A few very simple updates can make the home look more appealing. Consider adding a statement rug, textured throws, artwork, table lamps, scatter cushions and candles to create an engaging space. Appeal to all the senses by ensuring your home also smells beautiful. Some scents to consider are freshly baked bread, coffee and scented diffusers.

Energy efficiency With an increased demand for energy saving and conservation in the home, it may be worthwhile to engage an independent energy consultant who can advise on which changes will give the best real return for your money. This may include airtightness (elimination of draughts), double-glazed windows and doors, heating and plumbing efficiencies, and electrical and ventilation systems.

Louise Higgins, founder of Perfect Headboards and Aspire Design, is an award-winning designer and a graduate of the Interior Design Academy of Ireland. Louise is a full member of the Interiors Association and is also a member of the Crafts Council of Ireland. For further advice, contact Louise at 045-982265 or

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Colour Advice from Mylestone Interiors ‘Paint is the easiest and most cost-effective way to transform a space, especially if you’re planning to put your home on the market,’ advises Patrick Carmody of Mylestone Interiors in Killarney. ‘Fresh paint in modern colours can go a long way in giving your home a new lease of life, but the paint type matters too.’ Mylestone Interiors is a stockist of the very popular Farrow & Ball range of paints, renowned for their depth and complexity. It is a richly pigmented paint that gives fabulous opacity and coverage. Choosing paint can be pretty confusing as there is such a range of colours and sheens available – but help is at hand! Patrick and his team at Mylestone Interiors are always happy to offer advice on the best choice for you, depending on room size, natural light, etc. They also offer colour consultancy in store by appointment. East Avenue Rd, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland T: +353 64 6626331 I www.

Noel Dempsey Design A specialist kitchen and furniture manufacturer based in County Wicklow, Noel Dempsey Design has been designing and installing luxury modern and classical designs for over twenty-eight years. The company’s attention to detail and unrivalled customer service has won them numerous awards over the past few years. Today, Noel’s team is made up of some of the best design talent in the industry who, along with highly skilled craftsmen, make the finest built-in furniture for the luxury interiors market in Ireland and abroad. They work with clients, architects and interior designers to provide a turnkey solution for a complete interior fit-out. Their kitchen showroom is conveniently located only twenty minutes south of Dublin. Phone 0404 64548 for a free design consultation or visit Charvey Way Business Park, Rathnew, Co. Wicklow

Waterford X Jeff Leatham Collection There’s nothing quite like what fresh flowers can do for a room, especially when arranged in a beautiful crystal vase. Waterford have recently partnered with renowned floral artist Jeff Leatham to create the Icon collection, embodying a clean, simple and chic style. Jeff Leatham is a true master of his craft, with a magical touch that revolutionizes how people think about and visualise flowers. The Icon collection reflects both the rich Irish heritage and time-honoured craftsmanship of Waterford and Jeff’s clean, simple and chic style direction. This is embodied in luxurious, dazzling and brilliantly cut crystal pieces that bring sophisticated luxe living to the home. Available from selected Waterford stockists nationwide.

Buckley Fireplaces A beautiful fireplace not only gives a warm feeling to a room but is also a hot commodity for many home buyers. For more than thirty years the Buckley family has produced quality fireplaces with outstanding workmanship and skill. From the elegant and traditional to the contemporary and modern, Buckley Fireplaces showcase a superb selection of limestone and marble fireplaces at their extensive showrooms, and also feature the latest in best-selling gas, wood-burning, solid fuel and electric fires and stoves. Located just a short drive from the village of Stepaside, Dublin 18. The Stoneworks, Ballyedmonduff Road Stepaside, Dublin 18 T: +353 12946865 +35312052884 E:

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Egan Stoneworks, Kilbeggan If you’re considering a full kitchen facelift, natural stone will take it to the next level, making it a room that’s a pleasure to work and cook in. For a stunning kitchen countertop, solid stone is the ultimate in luxury, design and look. Granite, marble and quartz offer durability, easy care and natural beauty, and come in a wide range of colours. Egan Stoneworks will cut and polish stone to suit any design and can incorporate any style of sink or kitchen appliance. Based in Kilbeggan, Egan’s is a well-established family business that takes pride in offering a quality service.


The kitchen is the heart of a home, so whether you’re considering selling or just upgrading to improve functionality and comfort, this is the room to invest in. Before you decide on the design of your new kitchen, consider the style and age of your property and ensure your new kitchen is in keeping with it. A rule of thumb is to keep it simple, stylish and clean-looking. Paul Sweeney, head designer and cabinetmaker at Sweeney Handcrafted Furniture, leads a versatile team who are happy to offer their expert advice, and who can incorporate just about any décor or style into your chosen design.

If you are looking to add an element of quirky fun and colour to jazz up your home or office, ZINZAN is the place to shop. Their unique pieces will inject a living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom or bathroom with energy and life. A dash of colour goes a long way in evoking feelings of happiness and optimism, and gives a real lift to a space. With the current trend of neutral paint schemes providing a blank canvas, a splash of bold yet sophisticated colour creates that perfect combination of playfulness and practicality. Choose from modern creations or timeless classics and different colours and patterns that will complement your other furnishings.

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Unique Furniture While it’s important not to clutter, it’s a good idea to consider furnishing an unused space such as the landing or under the staircase where you can add a chaise longue, console table or desk to create an ‘extra room’. Perhaps you can put seating in a bedroom to increase the use of that space, or a comfortable accent chair in the kitchen. Unique Furniture have a great range of distinctive pieces that will enhance any area of your home. They can also provide advice on what furniture would work well with the ambience of the selected space. Unique Furniture also supply flooring, and offer a free measuring service with no obligation to purchase.

From potters to milliners, from Dingle to Dublin, each of these twenty-nine designers share with Curator their curiosity, their passion and their individuality. Bursting with inspiration and inventiveness that leaves a lasting impression, each colour in this palette has a tale to tell. We have built a collection of 144 colours around the innovative colour ideas of these twenty-nine designers. Curator believes a home should have colours that reflect a soul and convey the story of something unique to them. That is why the colours created by Curator are unique and personal to Ireland and expressive of its creative community. There has never been a collection quite like Curator.

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Clearing the internal clutter for clarity, focus and peace of mind WORDS JEANNIE CROUCHER

A Spring Clean

For the Mind


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pring is the season when we feel the urge to clean, de-

ment and pleasure. Meet an old friend for coffee or lunch

clutter and organise our homes, joining Mother Nature

and reminisce, talk and laugh. It’s one of the most pleasur-

in celebrating new life and renewal. The joy of seeing

able ways of gaining a fresh perspective, lowering stress

the first blooms of spring gives us hope and promise of warm-

levels and improving your mood. Connecting with others is

er days, reminding us that life is cyclical and ever-changing.

great for your mental health.

Although washing windows or decluttering the bedroom can be worthwhile, it’s also important to think about how

Write it down

you’re feeling and consider giving your mind a full spring

Develop the practice of writing things down. The process of

clean. Here are some tips to help you focus on the things

writing is a great way of exploring or sorting out how you’re

that matter most to you.

feeling, and it can enhance a positive frame of mind, so why

Relax the mind

not treat yourself to a brand new journal or notebook. The simple act of writing a daily ‘Gratitude List’ is a powerful way

You don’t have to sit cross-legged while chanting into your

to remind you to be thankful for all the good that is in your

worry beads to engage in calming meditation. Gentle yoga

life. Similarly, jotting down a list of things that annoy or stress

or basic deep breathing exercises and mindful relaxation can

you out can also be useful if it’s used to purge your mind of

be done in short pockets of time to suit any busy lifestyle.

negative thoughts. And when you reflect back on the notes

Recent neurological studies on the effects of meditation

in your journal, you’ll be able to see how far you’ve come.

demonstrate an actual physical alteration to the make-up of the brain as a result of relaxation practice. Stress reduction,

Disconnect for a while

improvement in levels of worry and anxiety, regulation of

Information has never been more readily available. We’re

emotions and an increased sense of calm are just some of

subjected to bad news stories on our televisions, work com-

the many reasons why this is an essential tool in a person’s

puters, tablets, mobile phones – there’s no escape from it –

self-care toolbox to keep your brain and mind healthy.

all of which has the effect of bringing us down. To compound

Think positively Do you mentally beat yourself up when things go wrong? Does your mind flit from one thought to another in rapid

this, social media has afforded people a way of expressing negative opinions about others. This type of discouraging judgement can be detrimental to our view of ourselves. One solution is to reduce your exposure to this type

succession? Berating yourself because you’ve misplaced the

of negativity by switching off, even for a short period of

house keys again or said the wrong thing at an inappropri-

time, when you need to protect your mood. Cheer your-

ate moment can become a psychologically damaging habit

self up by watching a funny movie, listening to uplifting

that reinforces a poor sense of self-worth.

music or reading positive stories. This is a great way to be

By being aware of how unkind your thoughts are (about yourself and others), you can halt the cycle of negativity and start to create a more helpful mindset. Thoughts

kind to yourself and provides a type of ‘comfort blanket’ when stress levels are high.

create feelings and emotions, which inevitably influence our

Get physical

behaviour positively or negatively. So the next time you’re

You can derive huge benefits from increasing your level of

about to remonstrate with yourself, stop and think how

physical activity. It’s good for your mind as well as your body.

you’d like your best friend to speak to you.

Whether it’s a brisk walk, working out at the gym or a run in

Phone a friend

the local park, regular and sustained exercise that raises your heartbeat and gets your metabolism moving also stimu-

There’s no substitute for the love and support you get

lates those mood-improving hormones and increases your

from family and friends. Keeping up contact with friends,

confidence. The key is to do it regularly – just twenty or thirty

even when you’re busy, is a great source of encourage-

minutes a day, five days a week can make all the difference.

‘Thoughts create feelings and emotions, which inevitably influence our behaviour positively or negatively’

Eating healthy food, avoiding too much sugar and saturated fat, and getting plenty of rest also work wonders when it comes to spring cleaning the mind. Remember that even small changes to improve your lifestyle can result in big benefits.


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Yelena Kosikh Silk Painting and Batik Artist


or Yelena, becoming an artist was a childhood dream come true. She is a graduate of the prestigious State Academy of Fine Arts of Armenia, where she became fascinated with silk painting, as it allowed her to combine art and fashion by creating unique pieces of wearable art. When she moved to Ireland, she worked as an independent art consultant, then as a silk painting and art tutor at the Institute of Further Education in Dún Laoghaire. Some of her works are inspired by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and the Irish stained-glass artist and illustrator Harry Clarke. Her artworks, including accessories, silk scarves and hand-painted bags, can be viewed at her studio, on her website and at many craft fairs, including ‘Gifted’ at the RDS. Yelena also runs silk painting batik classes at her studio in Rathfarnham and by arrangement at outside venues. For full details visit, or call to the studio at: Studio 21, Marlay Craft Courtyard Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 I T: +353 86 3405147 I E:

Ciara O’Keeffe Ceramics ‘I’ve always had to draw, to make, to create; my soul requires it and my sanity is grateful for it’ – Ciara O’Keeffe.


or Ciara O’Keeffe, a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design, it all emanates from a story, an emotion, a song or a meaning. She creates a unique range of Irish ceramic sculptures, marrying rich cultural heritage with varied contemporary history to tell a story. From her studio in Athy, Co. Kildare, Ciara translates revealed reminiscences and fragments of shared history into carefully handcrafted, distinctive wall art and unique free-standing sculptures. Ciara achieved a Certificate of Excellence in the Arts and Crafts Design Awards 2018, and she is published in the Who’s Who in Visual Art – Artisans, Craftspeople and Designers 2019, an internationally acclaimed publication.

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Creative Clay ‘Wabi-sabi is a Japanese philosophy that sees the beauty in natural imperfection. It celebrates cracks and crevices and rot, and all the other marks that time and weather and use leave behind.’


ollowing this philosophy, Raquel Walsh of Creative Clay is inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape around her. The rugged weathered forms of her finished pieces are influenced by the marks that time and weather and use leave behind. She allows the natural qualities of the clay to achieve this expression. Raquel believes this principle follows in all aspects of life. As our bodies age we become worn and fragile, sometimes having to deal with disease, disability or grief. But life also brings us natural beauty such as flowers, butterflies and ladybirds, which help to calm the internal storms. Each ceramic piece is individually hand-made and hand-painted. Exquisite craftmanship and finish create the WOW factor that is characteristic of Creative Clay.

‘My work is a reminder that we can survive any storm that comes our way, and that it is our imperfections which make us unique.’

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A unique shopping experience at

Ashford Castle


tep inside the boutique at Ashford Castle to discover the best of Irish craftsmanship and artisanal prod-

ucts, featuring many local producers and

Ashford Castle’s guests can enjoy a shopping experience that offers a beautiful range of unique gifts and mementos

designers. Whether indulging in a little retail therapy for yourself or treating others, you will find a carefully curated showcase of gifts such as jewellery, clothing, handbags, sports equipment, craft designs and delicious food. Mrs Tea’s Boutique is located in the grounds of the Ashford Castle estate in a beautiful stone building and is open to residential and day guests of the hotel. Visitors can enjoy freshly baked treats and delicious tea or coffee inside the bakery or outside on the veranda, weather permitting. Here is a selection of what else you can expect to find: A selection of products are available to purchase online at Ashford Castle, Cong, Co Mayo +353 9495 46003

Foxford Woollen Mills – Ashford Castle Tweed Blanket Ashford Castle has its own bespoke tartan design, and you will find blankets, scarves, flat caps and bags in this traditional Scottish weave on sale. Wrap yourself up in this beautiful lambswool blanket, created exclusively at the historic Foxford Woollen Mills in collaboration with Ashford Castle. One of the last working mills in Ireland, it was founded by the Irish Sisters of Charity in 1892. The town of Foxford grew and prospered around the mill, but there have been many challenges over the years, which it has survived by adapting to market trends. Today it is a thriving mill with master craftspeople creating beautiful pieces and expanding into new markets such as fashion and homeware.


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Waterford Crystal Jewellery Collection The iconic Waterford brand has created a jewellery collection that has both contemporary and classic elements. This beautiful collection includes rings, bracelets, pendants, earrings and necklaces. Each piece is crafted in fine 925 sterling silver, some finished in 14 carat yellow and rose gold tones, and authenticated with the iconic Waterford Seahorse emblem. All jewellery comes in its own luxurious presentation box.

Mrs Tollman’s Bread in a Bottle We love giving or receiving gifts of recipe kits, and here’s an especially charming idea – quick bread in a bottle! The recipe for Mrs Tollman’s Seeded Bread is constantly being requested by guests. So Mrs Tollman, together with Chef Paula Stakelum, decided to ‘Bottle it’! The best quality ingredients have been chosen to create the bread. The bottle contains the exact quantity required to bake the bread at home and instantly evoke memories of Ashford Castle.

Ketzal Blankets You’ll love the softness, warmth and lightness of these blankets, traditionally woven from luxuriously soft alpaca wool and made in Arequipa, Peru. They are the perfect accessory for the sofa or the bedroom, and are also great for travel and convalescence. Available in a choice of colours, from the natural fawns and browns of the alpaca to vivid contemporary hues. Naturally hypoallergenic, alpaca is as soft as cashmere but doesn’t ball. It is exceptionally warm and cosy without being heavy.

Ashford Castle Scented Candles A thoughtful gift – that’s if you can bear to part with it! In 1488, when Ashford was still under the ownership of the De Burgos, the Anglo-Norman family who founded it, John G. Rathborne moved from Chester, England, to Dublin to pursue a career in candle-making. Rathborne Candles, now the oldest surviving candle-making company in the world, became the key supplier for Dublin city. The company made the city and the Irish seas safe at night as its candles were used to light houses, streets and lighthouses. Ashford Castle, in collaboration with Rathborne, have produced a unique Ashford Scent. The candle is beautifully presented in Ashford Castle’s green and gold signature gift box.

Nigel O’Reilly Did you know that Condé Nast Traveler has ranked Ashford Castle as one of the most romantic places in the world to propose? The castle and grounds provide a fairy-tale backdrop for an engagement and you don’t even have to shop for the ring in advance! The boutique carries a collection of exquisite haute joaillerie pieces by renowned Irish jeweller Nigel O’Reilly, whose handcrafted pieces are one-of-a-kind creations. It is rare to come across such beautiful craftsmanship. Apart from Nigel’s unique designs, the precious stones emanate a brilliant sparkle that can only be achieved by a master gemstone cutter. An international reputation precedes Nigel; he has worked for some of the world’s most renowned jewellery houses in London and Paris. His designs blend traditional master craftsmanship with cutting-edge diamond setting technology. A private consultation with Nigel can be arranged at the castle if you’re considering a ring designed to your specific requirements.


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Christy Lee Rogers:


Christy Lee Rogers’ photographs have all the characteristics of seventeenth-century paintings – sensuous richness, drama, vitality, movement and emotional exuberance. words edel cassidy


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hotographer and visual artist Christy Lee Rogers produces large-scale images of cascading figures swathed in colourful fabrics. To produce these images she photographs clusters of bodies submerged in illuminated water

at night, and creates her effects by using refraction of light. Through a process of careful experimentation, she builds elaborate scenes of coalesced colours and entangled bodies that exalt the human figure. Mastering the technique of taking good photographs underwater requires a particular set of skills and knowledge. Underwater shots can be stunning, but they are also difficult to pull off since water, 800 times more dense than air, totally changes the way light and colour appear in a photograph. ANTHOLOGY SPRING 2019 57

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‘Water, 800 times more dense than air, totally changes the way light and colour appear in a photograph’ Underwater photographs, therefore, tend to contain a lot less colour and contrast than those taken in air unless adjustments are made. This is not because the colour of submerged objects fade or change, but because of the diffusion, diffraction and absorption of light in water. Christy has been playing with water and refracted light in her photographs for years; it’s a style she has refined and mastered. Being from Hawaii, she has a natural affinity with water, and feels that there is something magical about being in it, like stepping out of reality where everything starts to blur and blend. But capturing images in this environment is another matter. It took ten years of pushing boundaries, and bending and breaking the rules of photography to achieve her desired results. She shoots while out of the water but with her subjects underwater. She has found that this achieves a special effect because light travels more slowly in water than it does in air and it produces a wonderful bending and refraction of light in the two different mediums. She realised she could get a painterly quality with her camera if she set it exactly right, put the light exactly where it needed to be and if the models moved in a particular way. Even if the lighting is fractionally off, the image won’t work; when the light is set correctly, the colours really pop. Generally she just works by instinct. She knows what will work, even though her camera often tells her the light is not correct. Her work has been compared to that of paintings by masters such as Caravaggio. The colours and cascading bodies certainly take on late Renaissance and Baroque tones with a grandeur and sensuous richness that imparts the images with deep emotions. The dramatic use of colour and the powerful contrast between

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light and shadow make the images exciting, lively, mysterious and sometimes melancholic. These elements appeal to the senses and have the power to evoke an emotional response, almost drawing the viewer in to participate in the scene. The works shown here are part of Christy’s most recent series, Muses, which was created in response to a year when she lost two very close childhood friends and there was a lot of sadness in her life. The collection has received enormous international recognition for its unique style and captivating imagery, and has been exhibited in the USA, Mexico and China, amongst other places. Christy wanted to remove herself from the pressures of everyday life and get back to a place where she could wake up in the morning and just be inspired. That’s why she called the collection Muses. It is dedicated to the people she lost. The world she has created in these images is a place where she wants them to be – a place where everything is peaceful and calm. She describes it as ‘a beautiful place where you can let go and be inspired’, a concept that is almost beyond words. She wants viewers to respond in a natural way, to just feel the emotion rather than communicate their reaction in words. When shooting the collection, she used the indoor pool of a friend who was also a model in some of the images. She likes to keep her shoots simple with small crews so that she can take her time. It also means that the models are comfortable and no one feels stressed.

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Christy does not use software to digitally manipulate her underwater images; she makes sure to shoot the images correctly so that she doesn’t have to do anything to them afterwards. For her Hybrids collection, she experimented with mixed media by taking photographs of her paintings and layering them in to the photographs. Also, in some of her long epic shots she has used digital manipulation to literally put two images together with a seam in the middle. However, she is open to the possibility of learning more about, and using, photo-editing techniques in the future. It all depends on what is right for a particular image. Christy’s art has been featured on several album covers, and her images were selected for the 2013–2014 performance season of the Angers-Nantes Opéra in France. She mainly shoots in Hawaii, but currently lives in Nashville where, in addition to her art and photography, she spends her time as a mother, filmmaker and musician. To see more of Christy’s beautiful underwater photography, visit For a selection of prints and art scarves by Christy Lee Rogers, visit

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Neill O’


A self-taught artist who turned what was once a passionate hobby into a successful career WORDS EDEL CASSIDY


orn in Waterford City, Ken O’Neill has been a full-time artist for the last twenty years.

Before devoting his life to art, Ken

Before becoming an artist, you had a career in professional soccer. At the time, was this your dream career or did you always feel art would be your

had been following a career in pro-

eventual choice?

fessional football. His boyhood dream

As a child, I loved to sketch but I didn’t think

was shattered when his sporting

of art as a serious career choice. While at

career was ended due to injury.

school, I was encouraged to choose more

A lover of poetry, Ken has always found inspiration in lines from Rudyard Kipling’s well-known poem ‘If’: If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; Here, in conversation with Edel

practical subjects that might lead to a job, so I didn’t even take art as a subject. I played football from the age of six and always dreamt of becoming a professional footballer. I had my first trial with Tottenham Hotspur when I was twelve. This, for me, was amazing, as players like Glenn Hoddle, Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa were

Cassidy, Ken tells us how he made the

playing for the team at that time. I signed

transition from professional footballer

my first professional contract – with

to artist and developed his unique style.

Stoke City – when I was sixteen.


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What prompted you to eventually give up your soccer and pursue a career in art? I seemed to be extremely injury prone and returned home after two years. I played League of Ireland for three years but it didn’t have the same appeal. In the meantime, Alan Ball, who was a member of England’s 1966 World Cup team, had taken over as manager for Stoke City

‘Cities I have visited were represented in my work, in particular the Italian cities of Venice and Rome’

and liked my style of play. He offered me

Red Umbrella

another contract, but I was hesitant to

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Arrested in the Garden

‘On seeing The Taking of Christ in the National Gallery in Dublin, I remember feeling very moved’

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Night Scene, O’Connell Street, Dublin

return because, in addition to the injuries, I had desperately missed home the first

You have developed a very unique style. Did you go through many changes

the loss of my football career – quite heartbroken and very alone.

time I lived in England. So I reluctantly

before finding this style?

turned down the contract. I was probably

At first I painted street scenes and

casino paintings for a private client and,

too young when my first contract was

racehorses and then moved on to figure

while creating this series, my paintings

signed. At that time, it wasn’t as easy to

painting and portraiture, which I liked a

began to have more movement, more

travel and keep up contact with home.

lot. I met Louis le Brocquy at his retro-

exotic backgrounds and a feel of warmer

spective in the Crawford Gallery in Cork

climes. Cities I have visited were repre-

very young Roy Keane was also on the

and his advice to me was to stick with

sented in my work, in particular the Italian

team. A great player! I remember him as

one genre. I took his advice and the ‘Wise

cities of Venice and Rome.

being a terrific runner, and a player that

Guys’ were born. These are simply action

was great at keeping possession of the

pictures in which the painting tells a story

ball. Injuries continued to plague me, and

within a scenario. I make a storyboard and

materials you use.

eventually a spinal injury, followed by two

have ten paintings in each series.

I’m quite methodical and deliberate in

Then I joined Cobh Ramblers when a

operations, finished my football career.

Looking back on it now, my first few in

I was then commissioned to paint ten

Tell me about your process and the

my approach to painting. I use a limited

this style were paintings of figures alone

palette and tend to measure precise

est in art and I started to work at it more

in a desert landscape. Very poignant

amounts. I like to use a fast-drying oil

seriously. It was great to have a second

really. On reflection, it was probably an

to speed up the process. I stick with the

skill to focus on.

expression of how I felt at the time at

primary colours and also use black and

Luckily, I had always kept up my inter-


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‘I like to use a fastdrying oil to speed up the process. I stick with the primary colours and also use black and Payne’s grey’

Payne’s grey. I like to use the glazing technique to bring luminosity to the work. I find that working with a set process makes my work more recognisable. Your painting Arrested in the Garden is a pastiche, or homage, to the Caravaggio masterpiece The Taking of Christ. Can you tell me about this? On seeing The Taking of Christ in the National Gallery in Dublin, I remember feeling very moved. I sensed, and felt, the cruelty of it, and wondered if a Christ-like figure would be treated in the same way today. Probably! I wanted to make my own depiction using my own characters – using my Wise Guys. Another strong influence for this painting was the Joan Osborne song, ‘One of Us’. What other artists do you admire? Have you been influenced by other

of chiaroscuro, the brutality, the facial

the gallery is situated on the very street

expression and his skill. I take a little bit

where Caravaggio had the famous duel

from all of these, with gratitude.

that led to the death of his opponent and Caravaggio’s subsequent exile from Rome.


How did your exhibition in Rome come

I used to visit the National Gallery quite a

about? Was it exciting to exhibit in

Is there any other city in particular that

the city that was home to some of the

you would like to exhibit in?

most influential and iconic artists in

I now exhibit work in Rome each year, and

lot and loved the Irish room with James Arthur O’Connor, Francis Danby and William Orpen. I used to try to figure


out their technique. Another painter I

To say it was exciting is an understate-

come the opportunity for more exposure

admire is Hendrick Avercamp. I love the

ment. I was approached by the gallery in

in America, perhaps New York, as my work

animation and movement in his A Scene

Rome to submit some of my works to the

is American themed.

on the Ice and adore the detail and the

committee and gallery president. I received

atmosphere. But when I first viewed the

notification by email to say that I had been

For further information visit

Caravaggio … well, I fell in love – his use

accepted. It was so exciting, especially as

I like visiting the city. I think I would wel-


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G R I D D L E D SA L M O N W I T H AVO CA D O A N D S U N - D R I E D TO M ATO E S (Serves 4) This dish works perfectly as a tasty starter

4 x 175g (6oz) skinless organic salmon fillets (pin bones removed) olive oil (for brushing) ½ lemon (pips removed) 2 avocados (preferably Hass) 12 sun-dried tomatoes in oil (drained and finely chopped) ½ small red onion (very finely chopped) 25g (1oz) wild rocket 1 tbsp chives (fresh) sea salt & freshly ground black pepper Heat a heavy-based griddle pan until it’s smoking hot. Cut each salmon fillet into three pieces. Season and brush each one with a little olive oil. Arrange on the griddle pan or BBQ, then reduce the heat and cook for 1–2 minutes on each side, until just cooked through and golden brown. Remove from the heat and add a squeeze of lemon juice. Cut each avocado in half and remove the stone, then carefully peel away the skin. Cut into thick slices and arrange in the centre of each plate or bowl. Scatter over the sundried tomatoes, red onion and rocket, and season to taste. To serve: arrange three pieces of the salmon on each dish and scatter over the chives.

WA R M ST E A K SA L A D W I T H H O R S E R A D I S H MUSTA R D A N D B A L SA M I C V I N EG A R (Serves 4) 1 tbsp rapeseed oil 4 x 200g (7oz) striploin steaks (trimmed) 150g (5oz) mixed salad leaves 1 large carrot (cut into thin strips) 1 beetroot (peeled and cut into thin strips) 1 red onion (thinly sliced) ½ celeriac (peeled and cut into thin strips) microgreens (optional garnish) edible flowers (optional garnish)

For the dressing: 1 garlic clove (crushed) 2 tsp horseradish (creamed) 1 tsp Dijon mustard 2 tbsp extra virgin rapeseed oil 1 tsp balsamic vinegar 1 tsp fresh coriander (chopped) 4 tbsp beef stock sea salt & freshly ground black pepper


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Q SEASON! Remember to take your steaks out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before you intend to cook them to allow them to come back up to room temperature. To make the dressing: place the garlic, horseradish and mustard in a bowl, then whisk in the extra virgin rapeseed oil and balsamic vinegar. Season to taste and add the coriander. Set aside until needed. Heat the rapeseed oil in a large heavy-based frying pan over a medium heat. Season the steaks, add them to the heated pan or a preheated BBQ and fry for 4 minutes on each side, turning once, for medium rare. Remove from the pan and transfer to a plate. Cover loosely with foil to keep warm and leave to rest for 10 minutes. Add the beef stock to the frying pan that you’ve cooked the steaks in. Bring to the boil and reduce by half, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to remove any sediment. Whisk into the dressing. Place the salad leaves and vegetables in a large bowl and lightly coat with the dressing. Divide among plates, then carve the steaks into thin slices and arrange on top. To serve: drizzle over any remaining dressing and garnish with the microgreens and the edible flowers, if using.

MAC N EA N C H E ES ECA K E W I T H CO O L E SWA N A N D MAC E R AT E D SUMM E R B E R R I ES (Serves 4) Cheesecake: 200g (7oz) cream cheese ¼ lemon (juiced and finely grated rind) ½ vanilla pod (split in half and seeds scraped out) 100g (3.5oz) white chocolate (broken into squares) 100ml (3.5fl oz) whipping cream 100ml Coole Swan Liqueur 4 shortbread biscuits (finely broken up) For the macerated berries: 225g (8oz) Pat Clarke’s Summer Berries (chopped) 2 tbsp crème de cassis 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp mint or basil (chopped) To decorate: white chocolate curls, dried raspberries, Maltesers, spun sugar, fresh mint sprigs Using a whisk, beat the cream cheese, lemon rind and juice, vanilla seeds, melted white chocolate and Coole Swan Liqueur together until smooth and light. Fold in the whipped cream until combined. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a 1cm (½ in) plain nozzle and place in the fridge until needed. For the macerated berries, pour the crème de cassis and vanilla extract over the berries. Cover with cling film and shake. Leave overnight to infuse. To assemble the cheesecake, divide the macerated berries among 4 martini/stemmed glasses and crumble the shortbread biscuits on top. Pipe the cheesecake mixture right up to the rim of the glasses. Decorate with white chocolate curls, dried raspberries, Maltesers, spun sugar and mint sprigs. Delicious served with a shortbread biscuit for that added crunch!


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L’Occitane Aqua Réotier Mineral Moisture Mask You can use this lovely light-feeling mask in two ways – either as an overnight hydration hit or as a ten-minute mask when your skin is really thirsty and needs a quick moisture boost. A key ingredient is thermal spring water from Réotier in the Hautes Alpes region. This water, which filters through layers of dolomite and gypsum, is rich in calcium bicarbonate, a mineral essential for healthy skin. It also contains hyaluronic acid that binds water to the skin where it needs it most. When removed, the mask leaves a veil of moisture and the skin feeling soft, comfortable and full of vitality.

Skincare tips for those who battle dry skin WORDS EDEL CASSIDY


SKIN deep

lthough skin types are genetic they can also be affected by

factors such as our environment or our skincare routines. Dry skin produces less sebum than normal skin and, as a result,

lacks the lipids it needs to retain moisture and build a protective shield against external aggressors. Environmental factors, such as humidity and temperature, also have a profound effect on the amount of water retained in the epidermis, the surface layer of the skin. Symptoms and signs of dry skin include tightness, redness and discomfort. When this naturally fragile skin is exposed to central heating, wind and cold in the winter, or sun, sea salt and chlorine in the summer, it requires products that provide exceptional levels of hydration and comfort. Here are some products that are instantly soothing, refreshing and moisturising.

My Clarins RE-BOOST Comforting Hydrating Cream While dry skin is usually linked to ageing, it can occur at any time. My Clarins is a vegan-friendly line for younger skin, presented in packaging made from recycled materials. Everyone knows that skin needs to be protected from damaging UV rays but the sun is not the only enemy! High Energy Visible Light from screens can penetrate even deeper into the skin. The trouble is that there are no warning signs, like redness and burning, so it’s sneaky and super harmful. My Clarins has three ‘RE-BOOST’ moisturisers, including a comforting hydrating cream for dry skin that nourishes it from morning to night and makes flaky patches and redness go away. All three moisturisers are packed with natural ingredients, such as goji berry extract, fig extract, shea butter and acerola seed extract, that help nourish, soothe and energise young skin.


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Sisley Velvet Nourishing Cream with Saffron Flowers

Reform Hyaluronic Acid Serum To achieve a skin that’s hydrated, plump and glowing, this is a product that anyone who suffers from dryness should own. Hyaluronic acid can hold 1000 times its weight in water, giving it exceptional hydration properties. This serum absorbs quickly and provides for new cell growth. It also promotes firmness and elasticity, and softens fine lines and wrinkles, plumping the skin. A luxurious product, it feels like velvet on the skin. With regular use you should see a real difference in your skin’s texture and hydration levels.

There are few natural components that can improve our complexion as much as saffron. It has been used to treat skin inflammation for decades, and is known to stimulate blood circulation, thus improving the texture of dry and dull skin, leaving it smooth and glowing. That’s why I’m delighted that Sisley has included it in this newly launched Velvet Nourishing Cream, suitable for both day and night. Other key ingredients include a trio of oils rich in Omega 6, 7 and 9 (cottonseed, macadamia and sunflower). Buckwheat seed extract provides daytime protection while at night shea butter supports and repairs. This cream has a wonderful natural scent and velvety texture with a nonshiny finish that allows make-up to be applied immediately.

Green Angel Seaweed and Collagen Face Cream This cream contains botanical collagen, which promotes elasticity and helps to slow down the rate of water loss from the skin. It also combines four types of hand-harvested organic Irish seaweed, which together offer amazing hydration, anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory benefits. It leaves the skin looking smooth, firm and more radiant. Green Angel is an exclusive range of seaweed and essential oil-based skincare, spa and haircare products, handmade in Ireland. The company was founded by husband and wife duo Chris and Mary Mitchell following extensive research on the restorative powers of seaweed and the extraordinary healing and therapeutic benefits of natural plant oils on dry skin.

Caudalie Vinosource SOS Intense Moisturising Cream Vinosource is a collection that takes its key active ingredients from the vine and grapes. Organic grape water, thanks to its soothing trace elements and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and calcium, stimulates the skin’s natural irrigation system. Grape seed polyphenols provide powerful antioxidants, and Vinolevure® stimulates cellular activity, increasing the skin’s defence capacities and preventing dehydration. This luxurious cream has a silky texture and leaves the skin succulent, comfortable and ultimately hydrated. It can be used morning and night, or as a mask for a more intense result. Drinking wine in moderation is often touted for its health benefits, and I can definitely say that this cocktail of natural wonders confirms the beauty benefits of the miraculous grape.

SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque This lightweight gel masque hydrates and plumps the skin, leaving it with a beautiful glow. Our pale Celtic skin may be the envy of many, but our porcelain complexions can be prone to hypersensitivity, with visible symptoms of redness, irritation and dryness. Phyto Corrective Masque contains highly concentrated botanical extracts, a calming dipeptide, and hyaluronic acid to intensively soothe and deliver immediate hydration. It’s extremely effective after a workout, a hot bath, exposure to sun or other environmental aggressors such as windburn. It’s also effective at hydrating and calming a delicate complexion following intensive treatments such as laser, extractions or peels. Leave on overnight for extended replenishment.


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Women in Irish Politics and Public Life, from 1918 to 2018



s part of the Government of Ireland Decade of Centenaries programme, a ‘pop-up museum’, featuring the key women (some well known and some less well known) who have contributed over the past century to shaping the Irish state, is currently touring the country. It is an initiative of the Commemorations Unit of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Curated by historian Sinéad McCoole, the installation celebrates the participation of Irish women in politics and public life, beginning with the election of Countess de Markievicz in the general election of 14 December 1918, and offers an insight into political and social issues that have affected women over the past one hundred years. The exhibition focuses on the 114 female elected TDs. With the assistance of their families it takes an in-depth look at the first twenty-one, showcasing some previously unseen and unpublished material from private collections. It then goes on to look at women in politics from the period of women’s liberation in the 1970s to the present day. Female senators and MEPS also feature, while interviews with children and grandchildren recounting their memories of these political figures and the challenges they faced is a centrepiece. Here we showcase a selection of material from the exhibition. Women in Politics and Public Life, from 1918 to 2018 is showing in Istabraq Hall, Limerick City Hall, Limerick, until the end of March 2019 and will then travel to venues in Ulster and Connaught (details to be announced), before returning to Dublin.

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Kate O’Callaghan’s Celtic Revival Dress and Mantle Kilmurry Independence Museum

‘The installation celebrates the participation of Irish women in politics and public life’

Kate O’Callaghan’s gúna agus brat (dress and mantle), from the Kilmurry Independence Museum in County Cork, was a designer gown of its day. The embroidery was produced by the Dún Emer Guild in Dublin. A political outfit, these dresses were worn by women who were involved in the Gaelic Revival, initially a movement for those interested in the revival of the Irish language, games and music. When Sinéad de Valera, Muriel MacSwiney and Linda Kearns MacWhinney wore this style of dress on American tours in the 1920s, it became associated with the Irish independence movement, while Dr Kathleen Lynn wore her version when she was painted for a portrait that is now in the Labour History Society.

Powder Compact Private Collection

This is a one-off ladies’ compact with face powder, a powder puff and a mirror. It is most likely a prototype for a commemorative souvenir to mark Constitution Day, proposed for 1938. It is made in the shape of a letter, with a seal on the back and an actual stamp that was issued to commemorate the 1937 Constitution. The Constitution was passed at the end of 1937, but there were many protests against it, especially by those who objected to the clauses that referred to the status of women. There is no evidence that other compacts were made. As the owner’s father worked in advertising, and worked on election campaigns and for The Irish Press newspaper, it is presumed to be a sample.


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Frances Condell Hat Limerick Museum

When American President John Kennedy visited Ireland in June 1963, Greenpark Racecourse, on the outskirts of Limerick, was his last stop before leaving Ireland at Shannon. Although Limerick had not originally been on the itinerary, Lord Mayor Frances Condell had campaigned to have it included. Her speech was praised by Kennedy as ‘the best I have heard since I came to Europe.’ She had this hat made especially for the event. Frances Condell was the first woman to be elected Mayor of Limerick and the only female mayor to date to serve two terms.

Her speech was praised by Kennedy as ‘the best I have heard since I came to Europe’

De Markievicz Despatch Bag Kilmainham Gaol Museum

A leather satchel belonging to Countess de Markievicz, dating to the period of the Campaign of Independence, was given to Kilmainham Gaol Museum in memory of Mary Coyle (later Mrs Mary Andrews) who had also been active during the revolutionary years. The initials ‘C de M’ (Countess de Markievicz) are on the band of the bag. When the Countess was elected as an MP for Sinn Féin in the general election in December 1918, she began to use the name Madame Markievicz. She was Secretary for Labour in the First Dáil Éireann which at the time was a proscribed organisation. She was on the run or in prison for the period 1919–1921.

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Chain of the President of the Court of Conscience Dublin City Council

In 1939, Mrs Tom Clarke (Kathleen Clarke) was elected as Lord Mayor of Dublin. She had been a Fianna Fáil member of Dublin Corporation and was the first woman to hold the title. She refused to be invested with the Lord Mayor’s Great Chain, which was given to the city by British King William of Orange in 1698. Instead, she opted to wear the Chain of the President of the Court of Conscience, an ancient office of the Lord Mayor. She wore this over her own clothes rather than the red robes of office. She later wrote, ‘no one in Ireland was more surprised than I was when I found myself elected.’ In her acceptance speech she said, ‘From a woman’s point of view, my election is a great step. I am terribly keen on the fact that women, if given the opportunity, could do as well in positions in public life as the men. I have great faith in my own sex.’

European of the Year Award Mary Banotti

Mary Banotti MEP was elected European of the Year in 1997, an award from the European Movement sponsored by Aer Rianta. She had been nominated several times previously. When she won she said, ‘I’ve been the bridesmaid here so many times. It’s great now to be the bride.’ Mary Banotti, a grand-niece of Michael Collins, was an MEP from 1984 until she retired in 2004. She worked as a nurse in North America, Europe and Africa before returning to Ireland where she became an Industrial Welfare Officer and broadcaster. She presented a weekly television programme on social welfare from 1980 to 1984.


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Mary Robinson Sweatshirt Alan Kinsella Collection

The campaigners for the Mary Robinson Presidential Election Campaign wore sweatshirts with a stylised terracotta red rose, a modification of the Labour Party rose. The media campaign was created by Eoghan Harris using black-and-white images and slogans such as ‘A President with a Purpose.’

Royal Air Force Woman’s Jacket, World War II

National Museums Northern Ireland This is an airwoman’s jacket worn during World War II. Forty per cent of Royal Air Force officers and airwomen were women from Northern Ireland or Éire.

Sinéad McCoole, curator of Women in Politics and Public Life, from 1918 to 2018, has written extensively in the area of modern Irish history. Her books include Hazel, A Life of Lady Lavery (1996, 2014), Guns and Chiffon (1997, 2000), No Ordinary Women (2003, 2008, 2015) and Easter Widows (2014). Her work has spanned domains of academic research and she is a practitioner in the area of Irish culture, arts and history. She was Curatorial and Historical Advisor to the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. Projects she has worked on include the curation of Mná 1916 – Women 1916 (2016), the national centenary exhibition. She is an ex-officio member of Vótáil 100. 98 S P R I N G 2019 A N T H O LO G Y

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