Exhibition: "De Gaulle: A Quiet Holiday"

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Walk on the beach of Derrynane (Co. Kerry), the Général de Gaulle, his wife, his aide de camp François Flohic and Detective Inspector Pat Doocey.

The exhibition presents 24 original photographs of De Gaulle’s visit to Ireland after he left power in May 1969.

"De Gaulle: A Quiet Holiday" is presented by the French Embassy in Ireland in association with the Irish presidency of the Council of the EU and within The Gathering Ireland 2013. The original exhibition was conceived by Isabelle Galy-Aché and produced by the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris with the support of the Fondation Charles de Gaulle, the Ireland Fund of France and the Kennelly Archive.

On April 27 1969, France voted against reform of the Senate and of the regions; General de Gaulle resigned his office as President of the Republic. A few days later, on 10 May, a GLAM airplane brought the famous man, his wife and his aide de camp to Ireland, for a holiday far from the centres of power and the elections to come.

Padraig and Joan Kennelly, founders of a small photographic studio in Tralee (Kennelly Archive), followed in the footsteps of this noted visitor and recorded the excitement caused amongst the inhabitants of Sneem, a small village in the south west of Ireland, in County Kerry. They called their photo journal “A Quiet Holiday”.

This exhibition presents images from the Kennelly Archive of the events of May 1969, as well as the history of the McCartan family from which De Gaulle is descended.

- The exhibition has been officially opened by Lucinda Creighton T.D., Minister of State for European Affairs, Jonathan Claridge, Head of Political Section of the European Commission Representation in Ireland, Emmanuelle d’Achon, Ambassador of France to Ireland, Jacques Godfrain, President of the Fondation Charles de Gaulle, Paddy McCartan, Dublin City Councillor and De Gaulle’s distant relative and Isabelle Galy-Aché, Curator, on Friday May 24th 2013.

Exhibition: "Charles de Gaulle: A Quiet Holiday"
27 May - 21 June 2013
Opening time: weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm (Monday to Friday)
European Public Space, European Union House, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Info: scac@ambafrance-ie.org – 01 708 8308 - www.ambafrance-ie.org
Presented by the French Embassy in Ireland
Curated by Isabelle Galy-Aché
With the support of: Irish Cultural Centre in Paris,
Kennelly Archive,
Fondation Charles de Gaulle,
Ireland Fund of France
and the European Commission Representation in Ireland.

Gallic Exposure from Kennelly Archive on Vimeo.


Published on 28/05/2013

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