‌•The Assumption, 2014

The Assumption, pages 6 to 7. Our lead (Fionnuala) finds out that the local human rights solicitor has been murdered.

The Assumption, page 11. John Furphy (Murphy?) is hit by a bullet.

The Assumption, page 5. Our lead (Fionnuala) stops by the older Catholic graveyard on the walk home from school.

The Assumption was created in response to Julian Barnes’ Shipwreck, reimagining the themes of truth, propaganda and tragedy in the context of Irish history.

On 18th August 1879 a 12 (or 10) year old boy named John Furfey and a 55 (or 45) year old man named John Smith (or Smyth) were killed during a riot (or parade) in Lurgan, Co. Armagh, when the police opened fire on an unarmed crowd. The deaths of John Furfey and John Smyth are commemorated on Furfey’s headstone, standing in Lurgan’s Dougher graveyard roughly ¼ of a mile from where they were killed. The gravestone presents a different version of events from that of the official inquest, memorialising the child’s death for the local community 135 years later.