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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 tag “poetry”

He Died For a Dream

Tom Kettle, Nationalist MP and poet born Artane, Dublin is commemorated on the Parliamentary War Memorial in Westminster Hall.

He left us the lines, “…Died not for flag, nor King, nor Emperor But for a dream, born in a herdsman’s shed And for the secret scripture of the poor”. From, To My Daughter Betty, The Gift of God.


image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons


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


Francis BACON

Countess Constance MARKIEWICZ

Erskine Robert CHILDERS



Bernardo O’HIGGINS

Daniel  O’ CONNELL

John Henry FOLEY


Richard Brinsley SHERIDAN


Katharine O’ Shea


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.


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

Two writers and a meteorologist

SHAW George Bernard, writer and dramatist (born Dublin 1856 died 1950)
lived here from 1887 to 1898 – 29 Fitzroy Square, W1 (Warren Street, Great Portland Street)

BEAUFORT Sir Francis, developer of the wind force scale, (born Navan, Co Meath 1774 died 1857)
lived here, 51 Manchester Street, W1 (Bond Street, Baker Street)
He is buried in the church gardens of St John at Hackney, Lower Clapton Rd E5 0PD (Hackney Central/ London Overground)

YEATS William Butler, poet and dramatist (born Dublin 1865 died 150 years ago 1939)
lived here – 23 Fitzroy Road, NW1 and his poem,’ The Lake Isle of Inisfree’ conceived on The Strand, featured the line that inspired the name of this blog.

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