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Archive for the tag “1916”

The First Woman Bishop

 

 

A slight change of direction to mark international Women’s Day, Wednesday 8 March.

St Bride’s Church Fleet Street EC4Y 8AU, honours Brigid (Kildare), one of Ireland’s best known saints. She was mistakenly and irrevocably consecrated a bishop thus gaining equal status about 1,500 years ago.

If you cannot visit the church, then a visit to its website is recommended – www.stbrides.com  Here, in its rich history you can learn how its steeple inspired the traditional, tiered wedding cake and about the well-known couple who renewed their vows here on March 5 2015. 

image courtesy of      Wikimedia Commons

image courtesy of Wikimedia commons

 

Three free tours, a hundred-thousand welcomes and a big thank you

 

Next, and slightly overdue, a hearty welcome or ‘cead mile failte’ to our new followers. We hope you are enjoying this perspective of London.  

 

Also overdue, a big thank you or ‘go raibh maith agat’ to London Street Views and London Details, two excellent sites that name us among their favourite sites. We will return the compliment and provide you with a link to them very soon.

 

Finally, our great, blue-badge friend, Tony McDonald, has been busy, he has organised three walking tours featuring the Irish history and geography of London:

March 16th is London and the 1916 Rising, in and around Whitehall

March 17th (St Patrick’s Day) The Emerald City Tour, from St Paul’s to Covent Garden

March 18th is, When the String Broke, a tour of Irish Camden.

All are free, a part of the Mayor’s St Patrick’s Day events  – so go now to www.walkinglondonhistory.co.uk for the details. Tell him we sent you – please.

 

Give at least one of his walks a try, he can really bring information like this to life.

 

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The ‘big fellah’ lived in London for nearly a third of his life

Michael Collins, revolutionary, born 1890 in Sam’s Cross near Clonakility Co Cork. He left there in 1906 to work in London where he lived and worked for nearly a third of his life.

 

In 1914 he moved into a flat at 5 Netherwood Road, W14 which he shared with his sister Hannie. A discreet plaque commemorates its illustrious resident.

Around the corner and behind the Olympia Exhibition Centre at 23 Blythe Road W14, is Blythe House, the Post Office Savings bank where he worked until 1910.

 

Thanks to Katie Walsh for sourcing these gems.

For more information, especially on Collins’ life in London, see Michael Collins: A Life by James Mackay, Mainstream Publishing 1996.

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photo courtesy of Wikimedia commons

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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Not your average clergyman’s daughter

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Photo By Henry Herschel Hay Cameron – Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37933743

Alice Stopford Green, Historian and Nationalist (born Co. Meath 1847 – 1929). Lived at 30 Grosvenor Road SW1 where she helped plan the Howth gun-running.

She used her own money to partly pay for 1,500 rifles plus 45,000 rounds of ammunition. In 1914 these were brought across the North Sea in the yacht, Asgard, whose skillful crew included Erskine Childers. The arms and ammunition were landed at Howth Harbour on July 26th.  She was the daughter of a Church of Ireland clergyman and married to the Oxford historian J R Green.

Entry courtesy of research by Tony McDonnell. Discover the Irish Geography of London and walk in the steps of the greats of Irish history this Thursday 17 March and again on Sunday 20 March, both at 2 O’ clock from the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Email Tony at, tonymcdonnellbbg@hotmail.com phone him on 07850184790 – or better still just turn up for this exciting tour.

Making them come alive – this month

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This St Patrick’s Day – Thursday March 17th – and on Sunday 20th March Blue Badge Tourist Guide Tony McDonnell will lead two Emerald City Tours.

The erudite and entertaining Tony can bring Irish history alive conjuring up characters as large as Wolfe Tone, Daniel O’ Connell and W.B. Yeats. Both tours will start at at 2 p.m., from the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral they take about two hours (including a break) and are an easy walk – if you need more information  please phone Tony on 07850 184790.

The £10 charge is terrific value – and you can ask about the 1916 tour he is planning.

Take the first step and discover Irish history in London.

 

 

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.

 

Mayfair – the crucible of the 1916 rising?

Erskine Childers (Snr) CHILDERS Robert Erskine, revolutionary and author (born Mayfair 1870 – 1922) and his son, CHILDERS Erskine Hamilton, former President of Ireland, born 13 Embankment Gardens London SW3 1905 (died, Ireland 1974).

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