Looking Rosie


This afternoon.

Bang Bang Cafe, Phisborough,

Street artist and graphic designer Giant Sigh (Gareth Joyce) unveiled a  mural calling for a YES vote in the forthcoming referendum, commissioned by The Irish Council for Civil Liberties [ICCL].

Giant Sigh’s work draws on images of feminist workers’ icon Rosie the Riveter and Yeats’ and Lady Gregory’s cultural representation of Ireland Cathleen Ní Houlihán “to highlight the importance of women’s rights and equality in today’s Ireland”.

The mural unveiling comes as ICCL released a statement this morning on the increased importance of political and artistic freedom of expression in referendum contexts.

From top: Orla O’Connor of Together for Yes, Liam Herrick, director of the ICCL, Poet Paula Meehan of the Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment and Cian O’Brien of Project Arts Centre with Artist Gareth Joyce; Gareth with Sinead Nolan; Gareth and mural.



This morning.

Smithfield, Dublin 7.

Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh  (in red) with Together4Yes activists at the launch of the ‘Make a Plan to Vote’ photocall.


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12 thoughts on “Looking Rosie

  1. James

    Oh if Maria weren’t lesbian…. and I wasn’t attached….. and was also in her league.

  2. BobBobBob

    Face looks odd, should’ve stuck to copying Rosie the Riveter.

    ICCL are right to highlight the importance of artistic freedom but if we don’t have some planning restrictions the likes of Paddy Power or Guinness will be slapping enormous murals all over the place (or those advertisers pretending to be impoverished artists called Subset who did that Stormzy mural).

  3. Rory

    As there was a fella there presumably well equipped with paint, tis a pity they could not have disposed of that extra apostrophe!!

  4. SB

    I like this a lot. I don’t want to breach copyright, so is there a way to have this as a facebook profile, or a frame around it?

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