27 May 2022

Pop-up museum and exhibition opens

St George’s Heritage Centre

Pop-up museum and exhibition opens

Threads of Change exhibition opens in St George's Heritage Centre on Wednesday, June 19 , at 7pm

As the world looks towards the centenary of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, an exhibition telling of WW1 through the lens of Leitrim and its people opens at St George’s Heritage Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon on June 19 next.

The exhibition comprises personalised artworks remembering the fallen - some created by family members and others under an ‘Adopt a Soldier’ programme – and a pop up museum of personal artefacts and family treasures of that time, accompanied by Gallant Sons, a National Library of Ireland touring exhibition.

Part of Leitrim’s Versailles Programme and supported by Leitrim Peace IV Partnership, it shares experiences from some Leitrim families who lost loved ones in the Great War.

Among those remembered in the exhibition are Patrick Canning, son of Patrick and Mary Canning of Ballinamore, who enlisted as Patrick McGuire, although the exact reason why is not known. Having lost his life on 25 March 1917, Patrick is commemorated at Belgium’s Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery.

Patrick McGuinness of Kiltyclogher served as Lance Corporal with the Royal Engineers. Injured in the field, he was one of the few to recuperate at home. He passed away in October 1915 and now rests in Rossinver Old Graveyard.

Following successful exhibitions in Ballinamore, Carrigallen and Manorhamilton, the exhibition is on show at St George’s Heritage Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon from June 19-28.

The exhibition opens 7pm Wednesday, June 19, and all are welcome.

The Remembering Leitrim War Dead project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Contact LeitrimCommemorations@ or 086 8093965 for more information.

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