Take a look at Ireland’s Irrepressible Women at this Co Clare exhibition

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‘Irrepressible Women’ Solo exhibition opens at Clare County Museum

Kathleen Griffin by Marie Connole

Last Saturday, 16 October, Irrepressible Women opened at a museum in Co Clare. The exhibition is a solo project by artist Marie Connole. It spotlights five lesser-known women who lived during Ireland’s Revolutionary Years, 1913-1920. Not only physical oil paintings, it contends with a post-Covid reality, and contemporary art videos and PDF posters are freely available online.

Marie Connole is a Clare-based artist and teacher, whose work explores folklore, history and storytelling. She has a background in history of art and fine art, and has been creating solo exhibitions for shows from Kinsale to New York.

Included in the current exhibition are Georgina Frost, the first woman to hold public office in the UK and Ireland. Kathleen Talty, who assisted in several prison escapes. There are members of Cumann na mBan, as well as Lady Beatrice Hare O’Brien.

The exhibition was commissioned for the Decade of Centenaries project. It highlights a range of female perspectives in a reflective and non-partisan manner. This era for Ireland often focuses on the many brave men that were involved, and this exhibition finally draws attention to the lesser-known female participants. For more visit www.marieconnole.com

 

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On her Instagram, the artist has been showcasing the process of creating the vivid portraits. The time-lapses show just how much careful detailing goes into each piece. Crossing the boundaries of physical art by taking up digital space, Marie has made an exhibition feel wholly universal. Irrepressible Women runs until 9 November, at Clare County Museum.