Defiant Women


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This morning.

South Georges Street, Dublin

A new mural to mark International Women’s Day and 1916..

Darragh writes:

Irish artist Gearoid O’Dea has installed a 35 foot street art installation inspired by the Women of 1916. The installation is on the corner of South Great George’s Street, the same location as Joe Caslin’s iconic Marriage Equality mural.

The title of Gearoid’s piece is ‘Le Chéile I Ngruaig’, which translates as ‘Together in the hair’. It features three women who each played an important role in the Easter Rising: Countess Markievicz (left), Margaret Pearse (right) and Grace Gifford-Plunkett (bottom). The piece was drawn in full colour using the mediums of colouring pencil and gouache, with a focus on meticulous detail. It was then scanned and digitally reproduced on a large scale….

Gearóid O’Dea

Leah Farrell/Rollingnews



Ah here.

Thanks Kathleen

45 thoughts on “Defiant Women

  1. Joan Bruton

    Is Grace Gifford-Plunkett looking at those abandoned kegs and wondering if it was all worth it ?

  2. dav

    Pity, that a few hundred yards from that, a woman was getting her face boxed in by an Irish “man” while walking home.

    1. Clampers Outside!

      Snap !

      Pity, I know a spot a few hundreds yards from that, where a man lived with his abusive “woman” partner who would box him IN the home…. leaving him completely emasculated and alcoholic by the end of years of abuse.

  3. Eoin

    Anyone else starting to feel the 1916 ‘celebrations’ should be a little more solemn? Or at least lets not make it all about edible 1916 cakes, and funny photo shoots of celebs in 1916 clothing, comic books and TV dramatisations etc, etc. It’s starting to feel like fictional entertainment.

    1. Clampers Outside!

      You mean you haven’t seen the speed boat on the Liffey made to look like the Royal Navy Helga that bombed Dublin in 1916…. It’s pulling a banana boat full of laughing tourists, great craic altogether!

    2. meadowlark

      I will say this, rte jr have a series of shorts about kids in the 1916 and its very good, no dumbing down, no silliness, simply educational.

      1. Cat Lady

        Meadowlark, do you have a link to those shorts from RTE Jr.? Would like to show them with some youth groups I am running 1916 workshops. Thanks

        1. meadowlark

          I’ll see if I can look them up. They’re 30 second type things, and they show them on rte Jr during the programme changes, where the ads would usually be.

          Leave it with me, Cat Lady.

          (great name btw)

    3. DubLoony

      Oh its going to be full on Disney re-enactment. All women looking glam, all the wanna be soldiers trying to look dangerous.
      No-one wants to play the paupers, street urchins, southern loyalists or Dublin men in British army roles.
      It was a lot more complex than green vs empire.

    4. Neilo

      Not this cat, Eoin. An overdose of solemnity services the Shinners’ blood sacrifice narrative. Let’s keep it light and watch The Beard’s head explode, Scanners-style.

    1. Owen O'F

      He died on Stephen’s Green so that overextended solicitors could continue living in their mansions without paying their debts.

      1. meadowlark

        Actually, Mani, older versions of cake do contain yeast. They’re called feasted cakes, and are more common in mainland Europe. There now.

          1. Caroline

            Great, another commemoration bun-fight.

            Anyone still in the country for Easter, you’re getting what you deserve.

          2. Caroline

            Oh Bertie. Wouldn’t that be lovely. Delicious chocolate as far as the eye can see… rather than bile-green uniforms, poorly-miked speechification, nasal-voiced plebs acting out their sexy rebel role plays on O’Connell Street, cringey cúpla focal, portentous readings of the proclamation. And then the “fun!” stuff.

            Fvk I’ve worked myself up again, I think I need a Twix and a cup of tea to calm down.

    1. ReproBertie

      Aren’t men allowed celebrate International Women’s Day? Is it a bit like Mother’s Day where the fathers around the country try to cook dinner with hilarious results and then we all go to the pub for a carvery instead?

    2. Lukokanuko

      Don’t think it was commissioned, the artist paid for this piece to be installed I believe

  4. KirkenBrenner

    Can we have a re-enactment of the executions with LeatherJacketGuy as part of the celebrations?

    And by re-enactment, I mean him getting shot in the face on a wooden platform on O’Connell St which is then set alight.

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