Maggie Moon/Mother Ireland

© By Martin Forker

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“Maggie Moon” was the nickname of a destitute figure who walked the streets of North Belfast. Just like Morrigan the Irish moon goddess, the image of Maggie Moon/Mother Ireland represents the moon as a ‘polluted’ mother and crone seen in the phases of the full moon, and the waning moon. She is a dangerous boundary figure. Maggie Moon is depicted as a crone-like destitute mother clutching a wooden cross who is incapable of lamenting her martyred children, and drinks their sacrificial blood. As such, she reflects the ugliness and supremacy of motherhood as a nation: she is the life giver, and the life taker.

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Oil on Canvas


90 x 85 cm