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Bob's famine exhibition comments surprise all

October 21st, 2018 5:05 PM

By Jackie Keogh

Bob and Jeanne Marine on a visit to the famine exhibition at the Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre.

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MUSICIAN and humanitarian Bob Geldof said he was disappointed that the world-famous famine exhibition at the Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, was a ‘cut-down’ version of what was shown in Dublin.

But it turns out, he may simply have not gone upstairs to see the entire exhibition. 

A slightly miffed Bob said the ‘Dublin experience had been so complete’ but when visiting the Coming Home exhibition in Skibbereen, he hadn’t been able to show his wife some of the ‘more horrific’ stuff he had seen in the capital.

‘It’s a beautiful setting here, I just wish it was the full thing,’ he said. 

However, it has been confirmed by exhibition curator Dr Niamh O’Sullivan that all of the works – apart from three minor pieces – that were in Dublin Castle, were also in the Uillinn, and Bob and his wife might simply not have seen the entire exhibition, which was shown over two floors.

It will now move to Derry for the third and final leg of a showcase that was made possible by Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut in America.

The exhibition ran from July 20th and drew a record-breaking 30,000 visitors.

The scale and significance of the exhibition was summed up by Uillinn manager Ann Davoren who pointed out it had attracted people of all ages, and from all parts of the world, including Australia, the United States, Germany, France, Spain and the UK.

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