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    'Pub Bombing, Waterfoot, Cushendall', by Anne Mc Laughlin. (Photo: Deborah Stockdale)
    'Pub Bombing, Waterfoot, Cushendall', by Anne Mc Laughlin. (Photo: Deborah Stockdale)


    Title of Textile:Pub Bombing, Waterfoot, Cushendall
    Maker: Anne McLaughlin, Glenmona Resource Centre, Cushendall
    Country of Origin: Northern Ireland
    Year Produced: 2013
    Size (cm): 30cm x 50cm
    Materials: A mixture of natural and man made fabrics on a natural fabric backing
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    Here Anne depicts the devastation which ensued when a bomb left beside a lamp post outside a pub in Waterfoot, Cushendall exploded in the early 1970s. She recalls being both fearful and mindful of what other communities in similar situations were enduring: “It was so scary seeing such devastation in the sleepy village. It brought home to us what other people were going through.”

    This arpillera was sewn by Anne during a series of workshops that were facilitated as part of the associated activities during the exhibition Stitching and Unstitching the Troubles I and II, 2012/2013. As the women stitched their arpilleras they uncovered and brought to light their recollection of events during The Troubles.

    Owner: Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Collection
    Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Deborah Stockdale

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