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Legalised illegality– reflections on the killing of Eileen Quinn

Visual Arts
Saturday, 18 January 2020 14:00 - 15:00
Place: Galway Arts Centre

In response to Bernadette Burns' solo exhibition, The Uncertainty of History: Remembering Eileen Quinn, Gerard Quinn, Prof. Emeritus NUI Galway will give a talk on his grandmother, Eileen Quinn.

At 3 o’clock in the afternoon of 1st. November 1920, Eileen was standing at her front garden gate holding her infant daughter Tessie, and was with her two young children Alfie and Eva. She was seven months pregnant. Two trucks drove along with ‘Auxiliaries’ in them. Someone from the first truck shot Eileen and they continued driving. She was brought into her home, and survived to tell the story to a few visitors. It took a long time for the doctor and priest to get there, and she slowly bled to death, dying after 10 that night.

This exhibition explores family memory as a valid addition to the canon of history.

Bernadette is a painter who works with drawing, photography, sculpture, video and book making. She has exhibited in Ireland, Spain and Greece.

Gerard Quinn is Professor Emeritus in law at the National University of Ireland (Galway). He holds degrees in political science (B.A.) and law (LL.B.) from the National University, is a qualified barrister-at-law (B.L., Kings’ Inns) and a graduate of Harvard Law School (LL.M., S.J.D.). He currently sits on the scientific committee (advisory board) of the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (EU FRA, Vienna). He directs a Centre on International Disability Law & Policy at the Law School of the National University of Ireland, Galway which is one of the first of its kind in the world with a dedicated masters (LLM) and PhD programme in international disability law.

No booking necessry, however seating is limited.


This exhibition is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Galway City Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.



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