Thursday, 8 September 2011

BOOK OF LISMORE at GLUCKSMAN


TOWN STROLL



UCC to Lancaster Quay
Got the bus to the Western Road on Tuesday and walked into UCC which is a busy place this week. In the news too and a camera crew were filming in the quad. I was on my way to the Lewis Glucksman Gallery  in the grounds to see the Book of Lismore.

There are many tales, in excellent 15th century handwriting, in this book, also known as Leabhar MacCarthaigh Riabhach but, as you suspect, you will see just two pages through the glass. However, there is quite a lot of back-up material, including various related manuscripts and also a digital presentation where you may scroll through a few pages in detail.

Glucksman claim that it has “never been publicly displayed until now” but I’m pretty sure it was on display in the heritage centre in Lismore itself. However, there must surely be a case for having it on permanent display somewhere in the country and preferably in Cork where it originated.

In Other Words (the place of text in recent art) is the other exhibition in the gallery at present. For me, only the Massive Angry Sculpture piece (pictured) stood out.

I call here regularly enough but quite often find myself on my own in this fantastic gallery. There were just two other people there Tuesday morning. In fairness to the Glucksman, they are making big efforts to draw the public in and one way is through a whole range of autumn events, events that offer, among other things, art courses to juniors and seniors. Details here.

There are some large windows in the gallery and the one to the east offers a decent view down the Western Road and I headed in that direction, past the new River Lee Hotel and the view to the cathedral (pictured). Also took a picture of the heron, standing patiently on a tree branch lodged in the middle of the channel at Lancaster Quay. He is a regular here, I’m told.


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