Teangá Rúnda na gCorr
This installation has been a long time in the making, both the visual concept and the actual installing of the work. Of course there would be no exhibition if it had not been for Lorcán Ó Tuathaíl’s book ‘Corr Scéal – Crane Notions’ which was the inspiration behind this new An Gailearaí commission. Lorcán’s comprehensive book explores cultural and historical remnants of the now extinct crane bird in Ireland. Indeed, this bird has been extinct in Ireland since around 1500 and in many ways can metaphorically reflect the delicacy of the status of our own Irish language.
To this end, An Gailearaí commissioned new works from poet Cathal Ó Searcaigh that highlight the vestiges of this lost crane language thereby celebrating the remnants of this once important bird within our language and the traces left still. We juxtaposed these new works alongside the Scottish poet Sorley MacLean’s famous work “A’ Chorra-Ghridheach” – The Heron. In doing so we have linked the common linguistic and cultural expressions of both the Irish and Scots Gaelic languages as well as demonstrating the depth, richness and the delicacy of our precious jewel. Let us not go the way of the poor crane.
An Gailearaí has called upon many people to develop and deliver this exhibition to you including Deirdre Brennan’s beautiful rendition of Cathal’s ‘Amhrán na gCorr’ and Noreen and Susan from Pixalili printing. Board members, volunteers, staff and a host of many others have pulled together to present the public with this new work and we are very grateful. An Gailearaí hopes you find it inspiring.