Monday, 6 February 2023

Textile Details

'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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