Gallery Details

Gallery Zozimus

56 Francis Street, Dublin 8, Ireland
01 4539057
Gallery Zozimus at 56 Francis Street, Dublin 8 opened its doors to the public. Officiating over the ceremony, in ebullient form, was Ms Nell McCafferty.
Nell, ever the storyteller, regaled the audience with tales of her experiences in purchasing “Vatican Council II” artworks and also, surrounded by the myriad colours in this art gallery, a challenging business at the best of times, was reminded of the comments of George Bernard Shaw, on hearing of the death of Michael Collins, to “hang up your brightest colours in his honour”.

The gallery holds a collection of Art Objects, comprising works by noted painters, ceramicists, and introducing some up and coming talent. It will also show art photography and wood art.
The gallery owners, Vincent Kelly and Charlie Meehan have a number of year’s experience of the retail, service and finance industries in Ireland and Great Britain.

Originally, from Sligo, Kelly, who has lived and worked in Dublin for the last 12 years will be the face of the gallery. His passion for art surfaced a number of years ago whilst assisting his son in law, Keith Richardson, prepare for an exhibition. Of course, Keith will be one of the exhibiting artists in Gallery Zozimus. True to his county, Kelly has encouraged other artists from his home county to also exhibit. He has plans to hold a “Solely Sligo” show within the next year.

Meehan, whose background in banking will undoubtedly be an asset, will remain a semi silent partner. The gallery will feature mainly Irish art but resulting from regular visits to Holland, Meehan has relations in The Hague; there will also be some European contributions.

The name of the gallery relates to the famous blind ballad singer Michael Moran AKA Zozimus.

MICHAEL MORAN was born about 1794s, in the Liberties of Dublin, in Faddle Alley. A fortnight after birth he went stone blind from illness, and became thereby a blessing to his parents, who were soon able to send him to rhyme and beg at street corners and at the bridges over the Liffey.
The best-known of his religious tales was St. Mary of Egypt, a long poem of exceeding solemnity, condensed from the much longer work of a certain Bishop Coyle. It told how a fast woman of Egypt, Mary by name, followed pilgrims to Jerusalem for no good purpose, and then, turning penitent on finding herself withheld from entering the Temple by supernatural interference, fled to the desert and spent the remainder of her life in solitary penance. When at last she was at the point of death, God sent Bishop Zozimus to hear her confession, give her the last sacrament, and with the help of a lion, whom He sent also, dig her grave.
The poem has the intolerable cadence of the eighteenth century, but was so popular and so often called for that Moran was soon nicknamed Zozimus, and by that name is he remembered.