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RECRAFTING IRELAND | Dun Emer Guild Banners

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ENGAGEMENT Community Project, Diocese of Clonfert

This exhibition presents work of the Arts & Crafts movement in Ireland during the Celtic Revival of the 19th century. It comprises the Dun Emer Banners in full size photographic replica. This is the finest embroidery produced by the Dun Emer Guild for Loughrea Cathedral in 1904 and is the work of Evelyn Gleeson and the Yeats sisters, Susan ‘Lily’ Yeats and Elizabeth ‘Lolly’ Yeats, best remembered by their involvement with the Dun Emer Guild, the home crafts group that they founded in 1902. Their brothers, Jack Yeats and William Butler Yeats and Cuala Press (originally Dun Emer Press), had direct involvement with the Dun Emer Guild in producing designs for their commissions.

Some of the most distinctive work of the guild can be found in the Dun Emer Banner collection, a project to embroider 24 sodality* and 5 processional banners commissioned by Fr. O'Donovan of Loughrea Cathedral, Co. Galway, which they completed in1904. Their use of Arts & Crafts and Celtic motifs in designs for embroidery in wool, silk and gold thread are presented in this exquisite exhibition of these works. The exhibition also presents religious vestments embroidered by the guild and hand-carved wood staffs that the banners were held on, all from this period.


Date: 31/10 – 28/11/20

Covid 19 Level 3 Restrictions apply until 1/12/2020. All Exhibitions will now be online.

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