Good News (and a whole lot of Rain)

photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of rain on the windscreen

Bhuel a chairde, as Olivier stated yesterday:  The Olivier Cornet Gallery is delighted to announce that the OPW has acquired a copy of Eoin Mac Lochlainn’s video ‘Cogadh na gCarad / the War between Friends’  for the State Art Collection.  The 18 minute video (available in an edition of 3) was created in collaboration with filmmaker Don Rorke and it features more than one hundred of (my) charcoal-and-wash drawings commemorating those who died during in the Irish Civil War.  It also features the sean-nós singing of Sarah Ghriallais and my brother Fearghas.

This is the video that was projected in the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square on three separate Tuesdays in March 2023.  These were very special occasions – sombre, deeply moving and strangely exciting.  (There has never been an art installation in the Garden of Remembrance before this.)

Still from the Irish times film by Bryan O'Brien of video projection by Eoin Mac Lochlainn in the Garden of Remembrance
Still from the film by Bryan O’Brien in the Garden of Remembrance, Dublin

Now, according to Met Éireann, March 2023 was the wettest March in Ireland since they began recording, 83 years ago.  But I have to say that I’m extremely grateful to Met Éireann for making sure that it stayed dry and clear on each of the three Tuesdays that we were projecting the video.  Even on the third Tuesday (the 21st) when they intimated that I couldn’t possibly expect to have it all my own way, they relented in the end and allowed the projection to go ahead on a cloudy but almost, beagnach bídeach, dry night.  I think someone up there was looking after us!

So now, all that is left for me to do is to wish you and yours – a very Happy Easter.

Beannachtaí na Féile Cásca.

Artist honours Civil War victims with outdoor night-time projections



  1. So well deserved Eoin and congratulations- what fantastic news about the State Collection support for your work. And so glad rain didn’t hamper the poignant remembrances.


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