In ár gcroíthe go deo / In our hearts forever: An art project to honour lives lost to Covid-19

A stunning art project, based in Carrick on Suir, described here by Margaret O’Brien, one of my Amherst Method writing colleagues. Heartbreaking and inspiring.

“I don’t know if I can take another Irish funeral,” whispered my English-born and -reared cousin, Nicholas… It was 2005… Now it’s 2020… How are you supposed to deal with the death of someone you love, someone you have cared for, in a time of a global pandemic, a period of national lockdown, with so many restrictions in place that the usual supports are kicked away from underneath you?”

Artist Tony Oakey, right, holding the original legacy art piece, with the late Mary Wells’ daughter Geraldine and family, and niece Martina. Geraldine is holding a copy of the print.

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