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Saturday 25 November 2017

Veronica was 'incredibly brave' like the women of 1916, says art student Aine

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys with Loreto College students Aine Baldrey (left) and Aine Kennedy at the National Library of Ireland
Arts Minister Heather Humphreys with Loreto College students Aine Baldrey (left) and Aine Kennedy at the National Library of Ireland

Student Aine Baldrey believes murdered Sunday Independent crime journalist Veronica Guerin embodied the spirit of the women of 1916 after the reporter was featured in an arts project focusing on the Rising's impact.

"I believe she was incredibly brave in her pursuit of justice in the Dublin crime scene. Women have had such amazing moments in Irish history and we should recognise that," said Aine.

Impact

The 16-year-old was among Transition Year stud-ents who took part in a forum at the National Library in Dublin yesterday, showcasing their arts projects which shine a light on the heroines of the Rising and their impact on women today.

Aine's project consisted of a hand-drawn portrait of the murdered mother-of-one superimposed over a collage of newspaper cuttings by and about the journalist who was killed by drug lords 20 years ago.

The Loreto College student said that, much like Countess Markievicz and other 1916 heroines who fought for justice and freedom, Ms Guerin embodied that same fighting spirit a century later.

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys officiated at the event as part of the Centenary of the Easter Rising programme and said she was impressed by the students' skills.

She said she also admired their understanding of the female presence in the Rising and what that meant for future generations of Irish women.

"They're looking at the role of women in 1916 and that's very important to see the huge contribution they made," she said.

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