“Wear a Bonnet” Friday 3rd March

A very special event took place in Grangegorman on Friday 3rd March 2017 and lots of people attended it.
An Australian artist, Christina Henri’s organised “Wear A Bonnet – A living Art Installation”. It took place in Grangegorman as a remembrance to the thousands of women who were transported from Ireland to Tasmania through the Richmond Penitentiary, now known as the Clocktower Building in Grangegorman.
The event was attended by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr and The Australian Ambassador to Ireland Mr. Richard Andrews. It was also attended by two descendants of women who were transported to Tasmania who spoke briefly on their relatives stories.
The event took the form of a large crowd photograph. All of the participants were loaned a bonnet for the event which were typical of those worn by female servants at time of transportation. The bonnets have been made over the past number of years by prisoners and staff of the Irish Prison System and each one represents an individual woman who was transported from Ireland in the 1800s. These bonnets were created as part of Christina Henri’s ‘Roses From the Heart’ project, which has seen the creation of 25,000 bonnets to date around the world.
Goirtin Photography Club were there to record the event.

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