Secret Tunnels under Dublin

This great piece, from artist Eoin MacLochlainn covers a new exhibition, opening next Sunday 7th that I’ve the honour to co-curate alongside gallerist Olivier Cornet. The subject matter and inspiration for this show is in fact the venue for that exhibition itself: the historic premises opposite the Gate Theatre Dublin, Number 5 Cavendish Row, a place rich in historical resonance from the Georgian epoch, through to the 19th century, and the Irish Revolutionary Independence period.
Read on, about Secret Tunnels under Dublin…

Scéalta Ealaíne

oil painting by Eoin Mac Lochlainn for Olivier Cornet Gallery

Did you know that there is a tunnel running under Parnell Square? Indeed, if the truth be told, there is probably a network of tunnels down there. How do I know?  Well, believe it or not, there’s an entrance to this tunnel under no.5 Cavendish Row, where Olivier Cornet has his art gallery. Now, it’s blocked up at the moment but we know that it runs diagonally across the square to where Vaughan’s Hotel used to be…

Michael Collins, one of the leaders in the Irish war of Independence, used this tunnel. He had a secret office at the top of the building and he used to come and go un-noticed through the tunnel. This building was owned by the TEEU, a union for electricians, and it was they who put electric light in the tunnel. Why am I telling you all this? Well, this year the Summer group show…

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