Monday 23 October 2017

Wexford 'hares' help the Jack and Jill Foundation

The 'Moondance' hare by Jackie Edwards from Rosslare.
The 'Moondance' hare by Jackie Edwards from Rosslare.

Three Wexford-born 'hares' will be marching their way to Dublin as part of a nationwide campaign in aid of the Jack and Jill Children's Foundation.

The 'Hares on the March' initiative will see 110 sculpted hares being put on display at over 50 locations in the capital over the next two months. Three of these models have been created by Wexford artists Bernadette Doolan, Jackie Edwards and Caoimh Dunn.

Bernadette, who hails from Enniscorthy, described her inspiration for her 'Love Always Exists' design saying: 'Hare's ears are its survival. Hares don't fall in love. Hares don't give themselves to anyone else. Could we survive without love? The brass heart symbolises how cold a heart without love can be...'

Rosslare native Jackie based her hare entitled 'Moondance' on personal experience.

'The hare is particularly significant to me as it represents my own, true, spiritual experience whilst in labour with my first child. In the early hours, by strong moonlight, thirty years ago, I went into labour with my first child. We were out in County Wexford, and had to make the dash into Wexford General Hospital along a country road. The journey was incredible, like a dream, as in our path, hares kept popping up along the road...'

Caoimh from Wexford asked a question with her creation 'What Would Lay a Chocolate Egg?' She looks at the ancient symbols of rebirth that have an association with Easter and compares them to our modern interpretations of the holiday.

The Jack and Jill Foundation is inviting people to visit these and the many other hares in Dublin and consider purchasing them via auction. Proceeds from the sales will go towards the children's charity. Maps of the Hare Trail can be found at Arnotts, Easons, St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre and The Chester Beatty Library.

Wexford People