Patricia Louise Hughes's Blog (13)

Book Review: 'The Longing'

Book review

"The Longing," by Kimberly Mae

Friesen Press, 2015

Reading this warm-hearted book was a precise reminder to me of the full range of…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on April 22, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

The Real Honor Bright

Mary Kate Neill was born on June 11th, 1900 in the tiny township of Graiguenaspiddoge in County Carlow. The 1901 census shows her ten months old. Her mother was Catherine or Kate Neill (née Cullen) aged 38, and her father Michael Neill aged 51. Born in 1850 just after the potato famine of 1845-7, he was a blacksmith. Graiguenaspiddoge was a row of 28 houses beside a main road in the countryside,…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on January 1, 2015 at 5:59am — 1 Comment

Mr William Butler and Mrs George Yeats

When Olivia Shakespear introduced her ex-lover, W.B. Yeats, to her niece-by-marriage, Georgie, in London in 1917 she knew he was looking for a young wife and hoped they would be compatible. From…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on December 31, 2014 at 4:07am — 5 Comments

The Pending Birth of Yeats' Illegitimate Son

On a Picture of a Black Centaur by Edmund Dulac

by W.B. Yeats

Your hooves have stamped at the black margins of the wood,

Even where horrible green parrots call and swing.

My works are all stamped down in the sultry mud.

I knew that horse-play, knew it for a murderous thing.

What wholesome sun has ripened is wholesome…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on December 18, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Yeats Declares His Love

The year before his marriage Yeats had published ‘Easter 1916’, about the Dublin uprising and the relentless British…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on December 2, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Yeats Falls in Love

By 1919, W.B. Yeats was writing Ego Dominus Tuus (Latin: I am your Master). For the first time he uses Latin, the common voice of Catholicism. Also for the…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on October 27, 2014 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

The Murder of Lily O'Neill, known as Honor Bright, in 1925

The murder had made a big stir from the start, despite the  mayhem in Dublin a few years earlier. The police photo in situ shows a large crowd gathering to stare, and according to reporters they flocked to see the body in the back shed of Lamb Doyle’s public house outside…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on October 11, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

Yeats's poem A Prayer for My Son - which son was he referring to?

“A Prayer for My Son”  by William Butler Yeats

Bid a strong ghost stand at the head

That my Michael may…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on October 6, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lily O'Neill, known as Honor Bright, photographed by the Garda Siochana

This is one of the photographs taken of 'Honor Bright' by Garda Sgt Andrew Gordon on the morning of 9th June 1925. The photos were not used in court. In fact the court allowed no evidence about her at all apart from her name, address, age and her location on that night of 8th of June, the hottest night of the year, in relation to the location of the two accused murderers. Her words, emotions and actions or any closer description of her were objected to by the counsel of Leopold Dillon, who…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on September 25, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

My new book "Who Killed Honor Bright? How William Butler and George Yeats Caused the Fall of the Irish Free State"

Hello Wild Geese!

I've decided to write this blog to get congratulations - yes, for me - for not only finishing writing my book, but also this week publishing a readable copy of it. I actually published it in August but the print was so small only leprechauns could read it. Now I've improved it and it looks quite nice - just have a look and see on www.HuesBooks.com.

Finishing my project is quite a surprise. Now another has turned up. I…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on September 24, 2014 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Irish Free State history

I'm getting more and more people, mainly in Ireland but all over the world, looking at my website www.HuesBooks.com to find out the recent development in the history of the Irish Free State.

Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on September 4, 2014 at 11:53am — No Comments

Honor Bright

Does any Dubliner remember the story of Honor Bright, who was murdered in Ticknock? What have you heard about her?

Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on September 4, 2014 at 11:51am — 2 Comments

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