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Hughie O’Donoghue


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Sunday, 23rd July 1961 was an unusually warm, clear day on the Aran Island of Inis Oirr.

On this day, a pathway down to a rocky shore led me to the beached wreck of the MV Plassy. The black and white paintwork was still vividly strong at this point and this colouring made the ship stand out from the subtle variegated greens and greys of the stone walls and the fields and the infinite tones of blue and turquoise of the sunlit Atlantic Ocean, an unexpected and incongruous presence, perched precariously on the rocks.

Remnants of the last cargo spewed out onto the shore, shotgun shell cartridges and broken debris of uncertain purpose. The ship had floundered some 15 months earlier in an Atlantic storm off the coast of the smallest of the Aran Islands, Inis Oirr, in atrocious weather and poor visibility, Plassy ran aground on the Finis Rock shortly after 5am on Tuesday 8 March 1960. Over the years things…

The Ship - Hughie O'Donoghue, 2022

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Exhibiting from 12th November to 10th December 2022.