Pearse Surrenders To The Developers

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In January (2016) a stencil like the one above appeared in Moore Street, Dublin. Moore Street was the place of the last stand of the Easter Rising after the GPO caught fire and campaigners were fighting to save it from redevelopment (Irish Times). The stencil is based on the image – third below – of Padraig Pearse and Elizabeth O’Farrell surrendering to the British General Lowe. (Its future is still uncertain at this time, late summer 2016.) The piece was ‘signed’ by Banksy, though it was immediately suspected to be not by Banksy, as he had not signed any pieces for some years, and indeed, Banksy denied that it was his (e.g. Irish Times) and Will St Ledger wished that the artist had had the confidence to claim it as their own (RTÉ). The artist was in fact Short Strand man Séan “Seany” McVeigh, who then died in June. In honour of his life, a fellow Short Strand resident produced this version of McVeigh’s piece. (For his other “Banksy” see a Belfast version of Banksy’s Palestinian “peace” wall stencil.)
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Copyright © 2016 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f9, 1/320, ISO 400, full size 2592 x 3888
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Copyright © 2016 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/125, ISO 400, full size 3760 x 2592
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