‘Being a collector and committed patron of the arts down the years’, says Josie (nee Mc Culligan,Cornageeha Cross,Mullabawn),’it has always been a passion of mine to own my own shop. One where I could go about my business, humming and hawing and singing my own songs-such as (Come Back) Paddy Reilly To Ballyjamesduff, and of course the ever-popular and enduring-down-the-years Psycho Killer.
When I’m asked what particular type of paintings, sculpture, films, what have you, I prefer-I always answer ‘In fact my taste is very varied-everything from Marty & The Wee Birds (a once-celebrated sixties showband not so very well-known, I’m afraid, these days-biggest hit “Quit it, Mary!’) to Rauschenburg,Nano Reid and Luis Bunuel.
I suppose this tendency is reflected in my personality, in that I am a very busy and private person who doesn’t like too much gossip-especially these days with that book you hear them all talking about where people can say anything they like-‘Face’ it’s called, and now this Tik Tok.
Mostly I am fond of making art out of rubbish and cardboard and am partial to the odd ‘good yarn’ with a ‘wee’ glass of wine – pref, red, combined with a big slab of Victoria Sponge.
I would have to insist, however, although I have been all over(Aughnacliffe, Mullinachta, Drumlish town and Ballinalee),I remain an Ulster woman at heart. Perhaps because my great-granny originally came from Enniskillen.
I always welcome visitors into my shop, with my paper family all around me-and of late, the artist Margot Quinn has popped in regularly for a chat or simply to lend a hand-never getting in the way or annoying me with questions-that’s because she has manners and knows who’s boss.
I hope youse’ll all enjoy my humble wee shop!
I remain, yours sincerely,
Josie Mc Culligan, Mother-Of-The Arts,
Cornageegha Cross-not far from Willie Mc Corkindale’s bicycles, on the Leitrim side of the Cavan/Longford border.)