The exhibition was officially launched by Dr. Michael Murphy, President of UCC. The University Mace contributed to the evening making a special appearance. The University Mace is the symbol of the authority of the university. The mace was commissioned in 1910 by Sir Bertram Windle, President of UCC, as a suitable symbol of UCC as part of the National University Of Ireland (founded in 1908). The makers, Egan’s of Patrick Street and Maylor Street in Cork, made this as their first item in modern times, reviving an industry that had died as a result of cheaper, mass-produced, English imports. The mace is thus the very first item of modern Cork silver.
Other speakers at the event included John Bowen, Chairman of the Crawford Art Gallery, Peter Murray Director of the Crawford Art Gallery & Vera Ryan, curator of Made In Cork: The Arts&Crafts Movement 1880-1920s. Thank you to all those involved in making the exhibition a wonderful success and to those who came to the opening yesterday evening. We look forward to welcoming you back to visit again soon!
Vera Ryan will give a lecture on the exhibition today at 1pm as part of the Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery Autumn Lecture Series.
Admission is €5, All Welcome!