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Where you can find the London addresses that were important to famous Irish people and of people who were important to Ireland.

Archive for the category “literature”

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

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.”

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

Snow time

File:52 Canonbury Park South N1.jpgMap of 52 Canonbury Park N, London N1 2JT

Louis MACNEICE , poet (born Belfast 1907 died 1963) lived at 52 Canonbury Park South, Islington, N1 from 1947 to 1952. Perhaps a good time of year for his poem ‘Snow’ follow the link below to read it and hear it read aloud it only takes a minute. I hope this is the kind of site that takes you on paths less well trodden.

http://www.thepoetryexchange.co.uk/uncategorized/snow-by-louis-macneice-2/

Photo of house by Spudgun67 on Wikimedia Commons, map from Google. 

Was ‘A School for Scandal’ inspired by Dublin or London?

A very warm welcome to the new followers of On Pavement Grey.

Please bear with me as I get comfortable with this whole scene. I hope this blog returns at least some of the pleasure yours have already given me.

Among other achievements, today’s notable wrote the play A school for Scandal. He was also a member of parliament and owner of the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane.

Map of 10 Hertford St, Mayfair, London W1J

Richard Brinsley SHERIDAN, dramatist born Dublin 1751 lived at 10 Hertford Street, London, W1 from 1795 to 1802. Buried at Poet’s Corner, Westminster Abbey 1816 – see the entry for Oliver Goldsmith. To defend the honour of his lover he fought a duel on the site of what is now Apsley House – see the entry for the Duke of Wellington.

Images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Mrs Brinsley Sheridan by Gainsborough and Richard Brinsley Sheridan.

‘Dracula’ was born in Dublin but lived among us in London

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Bram STOKER, author of ‘Dracula’ was born in Clontarf, Dublin 1847 and lived at 18 St Leonard’s Terrace, London SW3. He died in 1912 and is buried in Golder’s Green, London.

Map of 18 St Leonard's Terrace, Chelsea, London SW3 4QG

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