War in peace time

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Trish Taylor Thompson's emblematic oils on linen

HISTORIAN Dr Matthew Potter and Killaloe based artist Trish Taylor Thompson share a platform at Limerick Museum this Thursday November 1 when Mayor James Collins launches Dr Potter’s book and her show of 45 paintings, ‘45 for Valour’.

War and indeed, peace, are common themes, as is remembering.

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Potter’s ‘The Limerick Military Tradition since 1691’ traces “aspects of Limerick’s military past, from the many Limerick generals who attained high rank in the British, French, Russian and other armies, to the evolution of military technology and organisation.”

Trish Taylor Thompson’s exhibition ’45 for Valour’ honours the soldiers of Irish descent who were awarded the Victoria Cross for heroism during the Great War. Through the motif of the common poppy painted in oils on linen, she explores the importance of remembering.

Interestingly, two of the Victoria Cross recipients were the stretcher-bearer Private Michael James O’Rourke from Co. Limerick who died on December 6, 1957 at the age of 69, and Private Henry Edward Kenny of Irish parents died on May 6, 1979 at the age of 90.