This portrait hangs in my Aunty Mary’s house and depicts my great great uncle James Friel. James was born in Fanad Co. Donegal in the late 1800’s and this portrait was painted at the turn of the last century. He worked as a foreman of a mine in Scotland and was in charge of explosives and blasting. He also smoked a pipe and one day put the pipe, still warm, in his breast pocket along with a stick of dynamite. It did not end well for great great uncle James. When the smoke cleared and the dust settled all that was left was his pipe which resides in my parents house to this day #greatgreatunclejames #blowntokingdomcome #jamesfriel #familyhistory #family #fanad #donegal #friel #rinboy #ancestors #1900’s #history #irishhistory
Sir Roger David Casement. (1864-1916)
A forgotten hero from history.
Sir Casement was a humanitarian, a diplomat, anti imperialist and an Irish nationalist. He was described as the father of the twentieth century human rights investigations. He was honoured for his report, the Casement Report on atrocities committed by Belgian colonizers in the Congo and in 1911, he was knighted for his report on human rights abuses in Peru. Because of his experience with how imperialist Nations treated indigenous populations. He was a founding member of the Congo Reform Association, of which Joseph Conrad, Arthur Conan Doyle and Mark Twain were supporters of. He began to distrust imperial policy. He participated in the Easter rising in 1916 to gain independence for Ireland from the United Kingdom. He was arrested and hanged for his “treasonous activities”. Sir Casement was stripped of his titles and honour and the British government distributed his private diaries describing his homosexual activities. The veracity of the diaries was disputed but in 2002, it was proven to have been his handwriting. The diaries decreased the support for clemency from the public and he was hanged in 1916. Sir Casement remains one of my favourite unsung heroes of history. #history #irishhistory #congo #unsungheroes #lgbthistory
The grass is totally greener on the other side. Excuse me while I creep up on botany students at @trinitycollegedublin 😬
Kilmainham Gaol. The cell of Grace Gifford Plunkett, an Irish artist and cartoonist. She was active in the Republican movement, and married her fiancé Joseph Plunkett in Kilmainham only a few hours before he was executed for his part in the 1916 Easter Rising.
During the Civil War, Grace Plunkett was arrested with many others in February 1923 and interned at Kilmainham Gaol for three months. She painted pictures on the walls of her cell, including one of the Madonna and Child. She was released in May 1923.
#kilmainhamgaol #gracegiffordplunkett #easterrising #ireland #irishhistory #travelling #dublin
KILKENNY Castle. The first castle was build around 1173, possibly on an older side, by Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, commonly known as Strongbow, whom was granted the lordship of Leinster. In 1391 the castle was bought by James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormonde, who established his family as the rulers of the area. In 1967 James Arthur Butler, 6th Marquess of Ormonde sold the castle for £50 to Kilkenny Castle Restoration Committee after long neglect. The contents were already sold by the family for £ 6.000 in 1935 when they moved to London. Living costs weren’t affordable any longer and death duties of £ 166.000 in 1919 upon the death of the 3rd Marquess made it rather impossible to stay on. Since the seventies when the Irish state took over the castle, huge restoration efforts haven been made and the castle is now one of the most visited sites in Ireland. Accompanying @charles.in.amsterdam on a part of his road trip through Ireland. #ireland #roadtrip #kilkenny #castle #neglect #restored #exteriors #ormonde #irishhistory #familyestate #taxduties #sale