WHERE DOES THE LAW STAND WITH LEPRACHAUNS? a new exhibition by Michele Horrigan
7 September - 28 October
In 1938 two young girls, dressed up in green and red, hid behind a ditch near Munster’s famous spiritual hill, Knockfierna (mountain of the fairies). They jumped out and frightened a passerby, who ran away, knowing of the reputation of the site as a place of mysterious supernatural activity. Soon the story was appearing in the national newspapers, as an apparition of small Leprechauns in the sleepy countryside. Buses full of tourists began to arrive to seek out what had happened that day. Of course, local shops and pubs were keen to explain more about the appearance of fairies in the region, and made up more and more stories about the encounter. The phenomenon continued for a month or two before being forgotten.
These girls were Michele Horrigan’s grand-aunts, and their actions are still recalled to this day to friends and family. Taking this story as a starting point, Michele has developed a multimedia exhibition exploring the role of Irish folklore and its unexpected manifestations both back in 1938 and up to now. Incorporating elements of a museum display, the exhibition includes video, photography, found artefacts and sculptures to consider the surrealness of “spooky heritage” in its many forms.
The exhibition is accompanied by a series of talks; for further details see www.thelab.ie.