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4 Harcourt Street.

Only a few doors down from Conradh na Gaeilge, on the godforsaken street that plays home to Copper Face Jacks, there is a small plaque one could easily overlook. It commemorates Edward Carson, the father of Irish loyalism, a barrister commemorated on the walls of unionist estates in the north as the founder of the Ulster Volunteer Force, and a complex Dubliner to say the least.

Of course, we should not forget Carson himself was a keen Gaeilgoir. When coupled with his ability as a hurler, praised in the Irish Sportsman journal of his time, it is apparent Carson represents a great diversity of Irishness.

It’s a great irony that only two doors up from the father of Irish unionisms historic home is 6 Harcourt Street, famous for being the office of Sinn Féin in the time of Griffith, and indeed the location of the offices of The Irish Bulletin paper, produced by the Department of Propaganda during the Irish War of Independence.

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“He is a man of lofty character and of high ideals, and evokes in men of the most diverse opinion a common admiration of his chivalry and honour”
Irish Literature-Volume 7 (1904), taken from the entry on John O’ Leary

Recently, we posted a series of images and audio recordings from the launch of a plaque to the memory of the Connolly siblings of the Irish Citizen Army. That plaque was put in place by the excellent North Inner City Folklore Project.

Yesterday, another most welcome plaque was unveiled north of the Liffey, this time in Palmerston Place. The plaque marks the home of Tipperary born Fenian leader John O’ Leary, and acknowledges his role as editor of The Irish People newspaper.

“…O Donovan Rossa, O’ Leary, Luby and others long associated with separatism and republicanism were regularly to be found in or around the Irish People office. And the paper always made the most of the fact that the Fenian Brotherhood in the United States was not a secret organisation…”
– Taken from The Green Flag by Robert Kee

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