1916 art project comes to Youthreach

The 3D house created by Youthreach Buncrana and Glengad.
The 3D house created by Youthreach Buncrana and Glengad.

Youthreach Buncrana/Glengad has signed up a few of its learners and staff to participate in the 1916 Sackville Street Art Project.

Thomas Harkin and Craig Brogan will be required to make a 3D ‘House’ in any durable art material to commemorate a civilian that died in the 1916 Rising.

The 1916 Sackville Art Project will be held at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin from April 8th to April 24th. The project will be one of the largest exhibitions commemorating the 1916 Rising and is significant in that the project records the lives of the 262 civilians who lost their lives during the fighting.

Shannon Reilly explains why they chose to take part in the 1916 Sackville Street Art project, stating: “This project focused on an essential part of our history and heritage. Participating in the project has helped educate us on what life was like in 1916. We also got a real opportunity to examine the impact that the Rising had on our lives. A lot of us would agree that traditional ways of studying history is boring but working on the Sackville project has sparked an interest and we have learned a lot more by making and doing ourselves.

Thomas Harkin explains how exciting it has been to see their house drawing plans brought

to life.

“We researched houses that were typical in inner city Dublin at this time. We settled on the Dutch style house as we thought it would be interesting to make. I drew up a rough sketch and then we created a specific drawing to proportionate scale. We settled on using glue-lam pine as its strong and cheap and easy to work with. We used a template to help us mark out the front and back design of the house.”

Woodwork tutor Tommy Delaney says that the students have been working really hard to research their civilian. They picked Joseph Donaghoe who was 19 when he was shot dead in Sackville Street on the 28th March 2016. They weren’t able to come up with much other than his age, address and possible occupation but this didn’t deter them in any way. They created a lovely post-humous account of Joseph’s last morning in Dublin. The reader will discover that Joseph is late for work and therefore misses his breakfast so has to stop at the local shop to

buy oat cakes and a bag of sweets for his mother. In doing this he gets caught in the events that lead to his premature death.