Life of WW1 chaplain explored in exhibition

Alderman James Tinsley, David and Susan Wilson (Rev Corkey's grandchildren) alongside the artist, Colin Corkey
Alderman James Tinsley, David and Susan Wilson (Rev Corkey's grandchildren) alongside the artist, Colin Corkey

An artwork dedicated to Rev David Corkey (1882-1984), Minister at Dundrod Presbyterian Church and Chaplain to the 36th (Ulster) Division during WWI, was recently presented to the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum.

The generous donation by the artist Colin Corkey, Rev Corkey’s great-nephew, was celebrated at a lunchtime opening of an exhibition exploring the Chaplain’s life, which was attended by a large audience, including the grandchildren and family of Rev Corkey.

After a talk from Museum staff on the historical background to the exhibition the artist, local resident Colin Corkey, discussed the inspiration behind his artwork.

The Triptych is a three-panelled artwork exploring the life of his great uncle during and after the Great War, and weaves together poetry, prose and biblical verse. The artwork is accompanied by a display of objects, letters, photographs and ephemera relating to Rev Corkey, from his time in the Shankill mission to experience at the front during the war.