Eddie Cahill, brother of ‘the General’ Martin Cahill reformed and inspired by a government Painting in Prison scheme in Portlaoise 20 years ago, led by NCAD senior lecturer Brian Maguire (now himself an international recognised artist) will stage his third exhibition at ORIGIN GALLERY to be opened by High Court Judge, Robert Haughton this Thursday.
Cahill is one of over 4,500 artists awarded rent-free residences at Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat in SW Kerry.
Here he is pictured in Lower Baggot Street near the portrait of Bacon, part of Dublin Canvas Project’s ‘street art’ on traffic signal boxes coincidentally on the street where Francis Bacon was born.
Former publisher, Dr Noelle Campbell-Sharp owner of Origin Gallery is also Founder of Cill Rialaig the rebuilt pre-famine village on Bolus Head.
“Eddie and his brother Martin were badly treated in Letterfrack as young children.” She says she has this on good authority from another witness who remembered the young boys being rough handled, hooded and locked in under the stairs by the Brothers when it came to bedtime.
A film directed by Mark McLaughlin which compared the lives of two artists, one in Northern Ireland and the Dublin artist support this version of events which had dramatic and horrific effect on the Cahill family and particularly on Martin.