The Emerald Isle truly is a grand place to visit. Ireland is a gorgeous expanse of green rolling pastures, narrow roads with stone fencing, and kind, welcoming people. I started this post with an Irish Proverb rather than a quote that resonates with how I felt the first time I visited Ireland.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was born in Ireland and became one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. One of the most influential figures in literature, Yeats stayed true to his Irish heritage. Many of the characters in his poems and plays were heroes and legends of Ireland.
John Locke (1632-1704) was an English philosopher and physician. Many regard him as influential to those referred to as Enlightenment thinkers. He wrote about the human mind and the acquisition of knowledge, philosophy, and theology.
Dinah Maria Craik (1826-1887) was an English novelist and poet. She wrote about–and sometimes criticized–the ideals of the English class and its citizens.
Enya (born 1961) is from Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland and is a singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. First trained as a classical pianist, she declared in an interview once “the musical influence of being Irish is always going to be there.”
Katharine Tynan (1861-1931) was Irish writer known mainly for her novels and poetry. She was born just outside of Dublin and participated in the Irish Literary Revival. Her writing explored issues of feminism, her Catholic faith, and Irish nationalism.
Conrad Arensberg (1910-1997) was an anthropologist. In 1932, he joined a Harvard anthropology department study of Ireland. Assigned the project of exploring the Irish rural life in County Clare, he used the data collected in his dissertation and his Ph.D. He went on to write his first book The Irish Countryman based on this information.
Dora Sigerson (1866-1916) was born in Dublin and became an Irish poet and sculptor. She played a major part in the Irish Literary Revival.
Luke Gerson is a mystery to me. I tried to research him, but couldn’t find anything. If you have information to add, please let me know in the comments below or fill out a Contact Us form found in our main menu.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was born in Dublin and became an author and playwright. He wrote more than 60 plays and won many awards, including the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925.
Charles Haughey (1935-2006) was Taoiseach–Prime Minister– of Ireland, serving three terms in office. This is my favorite because my sister took this photo near her home in Ireland!
I’ve never felt so at peace, so at home anywhere before — Ireland has a spiritual and visual beauty beyond compare!
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Till next time, Sandra