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WORK OF THE WEEK | 10 March 2020

CAG.1698 Norah McGuinness, Portrait of Frank O'Connor, 1949, oil on board, 68 x 54 cm. Purchased, 1995. Collection Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. © the artist's estate

“I was a great believer in hot buttered toast at all hours of the day."

Words of wisdom from Frank O'Connor for this WORK OF THE WEEK!

Frank O'Connor, who died on this day in 1966, is one of Ireland's most celebrated short story writers. This portrait of him by Norah McGuinness (1901-1980) is currently featured in MISE ÉIRE, our exhibition that explores the formation of modern Ireland. Having joined the First Cork Brigade of the Irish Republican Army in 1918, aged just 15, O'Connor was interned by the Irish Free State government during the Irish Civil War (1922-23) along with thousands of other Anti-Treaty forces.

O'Connor, who was born Michael O'Donovan in 1903, would eventually filter some of these experiences into his writing, particularly “Guests of the Nation” (1931). He is also the author of The Big Fellow (1937), his biography of Michael Collins, and My Oedipus Complex.

Portrait of Frank O'Connor (1949) by Norah McGuinness is featured in MISE ÉIRE (Floor 2) until 29 March 2020.

Emmet Place, Cork, Ireland
T12 TNE6
Tel: 021 480 5042

General Opening Hours
N.B. Last entry is 16:45

Monday–Saturday 10.00am–5.00pm
(2nd floor closes at 4:45 pm)
Late opening Thursdays until 8.00 pm
(2nd floor will remain open until 7:45 m on Thursdays commencing 19 March)

Sundays and Bank Holidays
Gallery: 11 am4 pm
Café: 11 am4 pm

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