Pamela de Brí
'A Terrible Beauty', Etching
Pamela de Brí is a multi-media artist with an interest in Irish cultural heritage.
Her recent four year project "Midland-Lár Tíre" consisted of her cycling the former route of the Midland Great Western Railway, documenting the route, interviewing former workers and current inhabitants on the route and recording their memories and comments. www.cucuart.com
“One of the most striking and enduring symbols of the rebellion, were the ubiquitous barricades. They were assembled with variety and ingenuity.”
Joe Good from the Kimmage Garrison told of one constructed with an entire stock of a bicycle warehouse. Another was made completely of marble clocks. Captain Tom Weafer used huge rolls of printing paper from the print-shop of the Irish Times to make a barricade across
“It was a formidable obstacle, until a stray artillery shell hit the Irish Times building and the rolls of paper caught fire, carrying the fire across to the other side and rendering all the posts in Abbey St.
untenable. This was, in fact, the cause of the greatest swathe of destruction in Dublin.”
To add to the drama, a group of looters raided a shop nearby where they found and set off its content of fireworks.
(from Easter 1916 by Charles Townshend)