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Legendary Liberties poet remembered at Francis Street gallery

The Life and Works of Michael Moran by Liam O’Meara was launched in Gallery Zozimus on February 23rd.

The book tells the tale of Michael Moran, commonly known as Zozimus.

Zozimus was born in 1794 and was blinded from a young age. He spent his life in the Liberties, composing his own rhymes and poems and performing them all over the Liberties area.

Zozimus died in 1846 after a short illness and is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery.

Vincent Kelly, one of the owners of Gallery Zozimus, said, “The book launch went very well. We had guest speakers on the night and over 100 people showed up. It was a great night.”

Gallery Zozimus takes its name from the poet who died over 100 years ago.

“We found the name Zozimus in an old book. We did some research into the name and decided to name the gallery after Zozimus”, said Vincent.

“When Liam, the author of the book, came to us we were delighted to have the book launch here as it is so closely linked with the name of the gallery.”

When asked about how business was, Vincent said: “It’s ok. Art is not high on people’s wish lists in these times of financial difficulty. People think that galleries are very expensive but that is not the case with Zozimus. You could pick up a unique piece of art in Zozimus for a very reasonable price.”

Gallery Zozimus is located at 56 Francis St. Dublin 8.

For more information visit www.galleryzozimus.ie or “like” Gallery Zozimus on Facebook.

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