MACHA BY ACIDSTARZART FROM BELFAST [PAINT-A-BOX STREET ART LOCATED IN STONEYBATTER DUBLIN 7]
This is the third example of paint-a-box street art produced by Acidstarzart for the Dublin Canvas 2023 programme.
"This artwork depicts the Goddess 'Macha' after whom Armagh is named. Morrigan sister Macha appeared out of the blue in the home of a struggling widower and began to live as his partner. After a few too many sups, her husband bragged about his ‘fairy wife’ at a banquet, claiming she could outrun the King’s horses, which enraged the King. Forced to take part in the race, a heavily pregnant Macha succumbed to the physical toll and met her end, but not before she cursed every Ulsterman in the stadium who had not come to her aid. This same curse is what would befall the Ulstermen in the Cattle Raid of Cooley, leading to Medb and Cú Chulainn's famous face off. Scroll back to see my depiction of Medb in my previous Dublin Canvas box. Armagh is named in honour of Macha and the colour palette of this box pays honour to that. The colours on the side are a nod to the Armagh GAA badge, and the background colour and Macha's dress were chosen with specific reference to Armagh."