The craft of Barney Corr – Painter

Barney Corr of Kilmascally, Ardboe (1876-1962) was a farmer who had a part-time occupation – painting banners. During a long working life Barney painted banners for organisations and groups throughout Ireland: whether Orange or Green, religious, civic or trade union, mattered not at all to Barney, he gave each commission his fullest commitment and artistic skill. In later years one of Barney’s sons – Barney junior – also learnt the craft and they became known in Ardboe and wider afield as Barney Corr (The Oul Painter) and Barney Corr (The Young Painter).
Fortunately there still exists a Corr banner which shows the standard of workmanship which went into the painting of banners in the 20th century and earlier. It is a banner which was commissioned in 1950 by Ardboe Central Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Barney Corr (The Oul Painter) received £6 and 15 shillings for his work. Ardboe Central carried the banner on the Fifteenth of August 1952, when the Hibernians assembled at Duff’s Corner and paraded to the Battery for their demonstration. The only known photograph of this parade shows the Hibernians marching down Duff’s hill on their way to the Battery, behind the banner painted by the Corrs.

Barney Corr (The Oul Painter) and his son Barney Corr (The Young Painter) pictured at their home in Kilmascally

Barney Corr (The Oul Painter) and his son Barney Corr (The Young Painter) pictured at their home in Kilmascally

‘With banner and band’ – Ardboe Central lead the parade down Duff’s Hill to the Battery – Friday 15 August 1952

‘With banner and band’ – Ardboe Central lead the parade down Duff’s Hill to the Battery – Friday 15 August 1952

The front of the Ardboe Central banner, featuring the Battle of Benburb (1646)

The front of the Ardboe Central banner, featuring the Battle of Benburb (1646)

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The reverse of the Ardboe Central banner, featuring Mass in the Penal Days

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Close-up of the front of Ardboe Central’s banner, featuring the Battle of Benburb (1646)

Close-up of the reverse of Ardboe Central’s banner, featuring Mass in the Penal Days

Close-up of the reverse of Ardboe Central’s banner, featuring Mass in the Penal Days

Barney Corr (The Young Painter) of Kilmascally (1909-74) pictured in Devlin’s during the filming of David Hammond’s The Tern and the Swallow around 1972

Barney Corr (The Young Painter) of Kilmascally (1909-74) pictured in Devlin’s during the filming of David Hammond’s The Tern and the Swallow around 1972

AOH DIVISION No.139 ARDBOE CENTRE DEFENDERS OF THE HOLY FAITH This banner, possibly dating from the 1890s, was found in the course of renovations at the Corr homestead around 1974 The building workers who discovered the old banner used makeshift poles to unfurl it for a photograph. From left – Sean Devlin of Sessia, Peter Coyle of Killygonland (1908-77), Pearse Hagan of Clunto-richardson (1946-2006), Pin’s Matthew Quinn of Kinrush (1925-2009) Photo courtesy John Hurl senior

AOH DIVISION No.139 ARDBOE CENTRE
DEFENDERS OF THE HOLY FAITH
This banner, possibly dating from the 1890s, was found in the course of renovations at the Corr homestead around 1974
The building workers who discovered the old banner used makeshift poles to unfurl it for a photograph. From left – Sean Devlin of Sessia, Peter Coyle of Killygonland (1908-77), Pearse Hagan of Clunto-richardson (1946-2006), Pin’s Matthew Quinn of Kinrush (1925-2009)
Photo courtesy John Hurl senior

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