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Celebrating Oliver Goldsmith

This weekend, the London life of Oliver Goldsmith (featured here earlier) will be celebrated in one of Ireland’s longest-runing literary festivals, the Oliver Goldsmith Festival near his birthplace at Ballymahon, Co. Longford .

It’s good craic and Oliver would surely approve. Take a look at http://www.olivergoldsmithfestival.com

Terrible Beauty: the 1916 Rebellion in London

 

Death and rebirth. Love and loathing. Independence and Empire; this tour has it all.

After Dublin, London was the city most connected to the Easter Rising. Not just as the seat of government from which the rebels fought to break free but through the deep connections many of them held with this city.

Exactly 100 years on, this lively tour will turn the walk from Trafalgar Square to Whitehall into an amazing journey through the vortex of change released by the rebellion. This is the London side of the 1916 story.

Turn up on the day and relive the excitement of those times with expert London Blue Badge Tourist Guide, Tony McDonnell. You can phone Tony on 07850 184790 for more information.

Get involved; Sunday 24 April: 4.30pm: Nelson’s Column, Trafalgar Square (Tony is easy to spot) Price: £10, concessions £8.

Just some of the names with London connections., from left: Padraig Pearse, father born in London. Erskine Childers, born in London. Countess Markievicz, born in London. Michael Collins worked in London. Pictures with thanks to Wikimedia Commons

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Kitchener was a Kerryman

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Picture credit: Alfred Leete [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Horatio Herbert Kitchener (Lord Kitchener of Khartoum), secretary of State for War. Born Ballylongford Co. Kerry 1850 lost at sea 1916 when his ship, HMS Hampshire, hit a mine (the subject of conspiracy theories, one involving Irish Republicans).

All Souls’ Chapel in the North West of  St Paul’s Cathedral is dedicated to Lord Kitchener’s memory.  

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Blue-Badge Tour Guide, Tony McDonnell, brings all these topics to life in his Emerald City Tours of London, his number is 07850 184790.

 

A London walk this weekend

The erudite and entertaining Tony McDonnell will be leading his famous Camden walk, When the String Broke, literally exploring the Irish connection with Camden – which was as far as the poor migrant got from Euston before the string broke on the suitcase.

The walk starts from Camden tube station (Kentish Town side) at 10:30 this Sunday.  There is a fee but it’s great value for the two or more hours of education, entertainment and light exercise that Blue-Badge guide Tony offers. He will be happy to answer your questions, his number is 07850 184790.

Last Sunday, on the Emerald City Tour, Tony led a very convivial group from St Paul’s to Covent Garden. In about two and a half hours we walked in the footsteps of Oscar Wilde, GB Shaw, WB Yeats, Oliver Goldsmith, Samuel Johnson and William Gladstone to name the proverbial few.

As Goldsmith might have said, “…and still they gazed and still the wonder grew that one small head should carry all it knew.”

The art of war and peace

Sir William ORPEN, painter born Stillorgan, Dublin 1878 died 1931, lived at 8 South Bolton Gardens, London SW5 (Studied art at the Metropolitan School and at the Slade School) an official war artist with an astonishing portfolio of powerful work.

His paintings and drawings say more than I can, and urge a visit to: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:William_Orpen

William Orpen, The signing of peace in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, 28 June 1919. 

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Ready to Start. Self-Portrait, 6 octobre 1917.Both pictures courtesy of the Imperial War Museum, London via Wikimedia commons

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An artist in the dark art of propaganda

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This is photograph BU 6911 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

William JOYCE (Lord Haw-Haw) broadcaster (of fascist propaganda) born New York 1906 to unionist, Irish parents, grew up in Galway and executed in Wandsworth prison, London SW18 in 1946. With his wife Margaret, he left for Germany just before the outbreak of World War Two where they enjoyed an ‘interesting’ relationship. Announced with his droning of “Germany calling, Germany calling…” Joyce’s broadcasts were tuned into by millions of people.

The verdict of treason that led to his execution was controversial in that he lied to get the British passport he held and not being a legal British citizen could not have be guilty of treason against Britain – had his passport expired he would probably have escaped hanging.

The life of William Joyce contrasted with that of Brendan Bracken, previous entrant here, this contrast was the subject of Double Cross a play by Thomas Kilroy.

It’s a long way from Tipperary to 10 Downing Street

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Dignitaries on the terrace at the Citadel overlooking Quebec Harbour, 18 August 1943. Seated are Anthony Eden (Foreign Secretary); President Roosevelt; the Countess of Athlone; Winston Churchill. Standing are the Earl of Athlone (Governor General of Canada); Mackenzie King (Prime Minister of Canada); Sir Alexander Cadogan (Permanent Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs); Brendan Bracken (Minister of Information).

Photograph: H 32144 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums via Wikimedia Commons. Photograph of No. 10 taken by Leonard Bentley via Wikimedia Commons.

Brendan BRACKEN, Minister for Information during World War II, Private Secretary to Winston Churchill, Privy Counciller and publisher born near Templemore Co. Tipperary 1901 lived on North Street (number required) and, for the duration of the War, at 10 Downing Street. Having led a full and prosperous life (he was a founder and Chairman of the Financial Times), he died in 1958.

Recommend looking up Bracken House, Cannon Street/Friday Street, near St Paul’s London EC4. This fellow blogger has a very authoritative feature, https://baldwinhamey.wordpress.com/2015/01/ 

Nineteen names and a big thank you

A big thank you to the increasing number of followers, commenters and visitors. You make it all worthwhile. Wishing you all the happiest of new years. And, thank you, to many of these other bloggers whose work I am enjoying.

The list of names here so far features a range of great Irish names from diverse fields (and mostly good London addresses!). There are more ready to be posted and yet more under research. I hope they will surprise and inform in equal measure. As a reminder here they all are, in reverse order, not forgetting the thousands commemorated at the Crown, Cricklewood,

William Butler YEATS

Sir Francis BEAUFORT

George Bernard SHAW

Sir Ernest Henry SHACKLETON

Dr Thomas John BARNARDO

Duke of WELLINGTON

Francis BACON

Countess Constance MARKIEWICZ

Erskine Robert CHILDERS

Daniel MACLISE

Oliver GOLDSMITH 

Bernardo O’HIGGINS

Daniel  O’ CONNELL

John Henry FOLEY

Bram STOKER

Richard Brinsley SHERIDAN

St Oliver PLUNKETT

Katharine O’ Shea

Louis MACNEICE

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