Stories of the South East – Catherine Madders



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Catherine Madders

OCCUPATION:

Library Service, Kilkenny County Council

RIVER: (WHAT RIVER AM I MOST ASSOCIATED WITH; NORE, BARROW, SUIR?)

I now live close to the Nore but I actually grew up near the Slaney in Wexford. I’m very fond of both rivers.

FAVOURITE PLACE TO VISIT: 

I love trips to the coast. I love the Hook peninsula and Dunmore East. But my favourite place is Curracloe beach, where you have 13km of golden sand. I love to walk through the forest at the Raven nature reserve and walk back along the beach.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

To create, one must first question everything. Eileen Gray.

FAVOURITE THING ABOUT WHERE I COME FROM:

Having a choice of amazing beaches is the best thing, really. You can just hop in the car and then decide if you’re in the mood for a fishing village, sandy cove or a long stretch of sand to walk on. I’m quite partial to rissoles from the chipper too, they’re a Wexford speciality.

 

AND ANOTHER THING: 

 

One of the most striking paintings in the National Gallery in my opinion is ‘The Opening of the Sixth Seal’ by Francis Danby. The 1828 painting depicts an apocalyptic episode from the Book of Revelations where “the sun became black … the moon became as blood … and the stars of heaven fell to the earth…”

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Francis Danby was born in Wexford in 1793. Another of his works is now in the Wexford County Council Art Collection. He is one of my favourite Wexfordians, along with Eileen Gray and Colm Toibín.