On Sunday, 11th November, Mary Sullivan launched the completion of phase one of the Lonehort Battery redevelopment on Bere Island, by the Bere Island Projects Group. The launch event marked the centenary of the end of the Great War, Armistice Day.
Speaking at the event, Mary thanked her community for their support following her recent win at the RDS Visual Art Awards. Also fittingly on Armistice Day, Mary recited a poem which brought to mind reasoning for the Irish people's part in the war. The poem, by Thomas Kettle, entitled "To My Dear Betty, The Gift of God to Her," read;
In wiser days, my darling rosebud, blown
In that desired, delayed, incredible time,
You’ll ask why I abandoned you, my own,
And the dear heart that was your baby throne,
To dice with death.
And Oh! They’ll give you rhyme
And reason: some will call the thing sublime,
And some decry it in a knowing tone.
So here, while mad guns curse overhead,
And tired men sigh with mud for couch and floor,
Know that we fools, now with the foolish dead,
Died not for flag, nor King, nor Emperor,
But for a dream, born in a herdsman’s shed,
And for the secret Scripture of the poor.
This was followed shortly by a moment of silence by those who lost their lives in the war. Following the event, attendees enjoyed refreshments in O'Sullivan Wines and Spirits.