A Tribute To The Irish Community Butte Montana (1916-1919) by Amanda Jane Graham
A new exhibition exploring the links between faraway Montana and Ireland is now showing in the Tipp Excel in Tipperary town.
Amanda Jane Graham’s practice is both biographical and autobiographical. It revolves around memory, narrative and family history told to her by her Grandmother of her own childhood memories. Graham uses personal history and combines it with her sense of humour to create quirky and humorous characters and scenes.
As a child she was intrigued by her stories told to her about Grandmother’s childhood in Butte Montana at the start of the twentieth century and how it was to be an Irish American whose family was very involved in the Fenian movement. At the age of three she unknowingly smuggled money into Ireland, it was hidden in her dolls pram and was to aid the 1916 rising.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.