If you’ve visited the County Library in Tallaght over the past few months, you’ve probably noticed their 1916 Rising themed windows, painted by the artist Cormac Cullinane. As well as a reproduction of the Proclamation, portraits of its signatories, and scenes of the destruction in Dublin, one of the windows is based on an evocative 1966 photograph of two boys standing in the stone breakers’ yard at Kilmainham Gaol, where of course the leaders of the Rising were executed in May 1916.
A serendipitous event occurred last week when Mark Duggan walked into the library and was surprised to see himself on the window. Mark is the young boy on the right of the photograph, wearing the wellington boots, and he appears on the left on the painted interpretation. The original photograph was taken by Mr. Duggan’s father, who was a staff photographer with the Irish Press, in 1966.
What a cool coincidence!