Unique 1916 exhibition by Bawnboy students

Claire McGovern

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Claire McGovern

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Unique 1916 exhibition by Bawnboy students

There is a fabulous display in Ballinamore Library of a project by 6th class pupils of St. Aidan’s N.S., Bawnboy, Co. Cavan.
It is a mural which consists of a map of Ireland dotted with 485 coins, to commemorate the 485 people who died during the 1916 Rising. There is an accompanying scrapbook which fully explains the entire project from start to finish.
The idea behind the mural was for the school to remember the 1916 centenary. It was decided to set up two collection points in the community to gather coins and each pupil in the school also participated by bringing a coin for the mural.
To remember the Irish Diaspora and to recognise the 1916 rebellion on global stage, embassies with an Irish Ambassador were contacted to invite them to participate in the project and coins from 24 counties were received.
Under the guidance of local artist, Seánie Cassidy, counting, sorting and selecting of the coins then took place and finally they were placed on a map of Ireland.
This wonderful piece of art will remain on display in Ballinamore Library until Wednesday October 19th. Opening hours are Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10 - 5.30; Tuesday & Thursday 10 - 8; Saturday 10 – 5, daily lunch closing 1.30 – 2.30pm. Please call in and see it for yourself.