2021 - Dara McGrath’s Centenary project ‘For Those That Tell No Tales’ premiered at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

Dara McGrath’s For Those That Tell No Tales is a major body of work exploring place, memory and the War of Independence. Approximately 1,400 people died as a direct result of the conflict between 1919-21. Cork saw some of the bloodiest fighting: a total of 528 people lost their lives in the city and county, including civilians, British Forces, and Irish Volunteers (who in 1920 became known as the Irish Republican Army or Óglaigh Na hÉireann). McGrath’s project premiered at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork.


Site-442 Sunday’s Well.
Fr James O’Callaghan, Civilian.

Father James O’Callaghan (aged 38) who was attached to the North Cathedral was shot dead by a party of Black and Tans on the night 15 May 1921, on the 1st floor landing of a house in Upper Janemount in the Sunday’s Well area of Cork city.

O’Callaghan was lodging in the house of Liam De Róiste, (Sinn Féin Alderman and TD William Roche), who was himself then on the run because of his fear that he was on a British ‘hit list’. The house had been raided by the RIC previously and on these occasions the police had met O’Callaghan so they knew that he was staying there as a guest.

O’Callaghan from Enniskean, was educated in Maynooth. A fluent Irish speaker he was professor in the Irish College, Ballingeary for some years. He is buried at Clogheen Churchyard.

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