|Lissadell House - Music Room|
GREAT WINDOWS OPEN TO
TWO GIRLS IN SILK
ONE A GAZELLE
(words of WB Yeats, written at Lissadell House, Sligo Ireland where he spent much time as a guest - a tribute to Constantine and Eva Gore Booth)It is believed that WB Yeats held a torch for Constance a.k.a "The Gazelle".
Lissadell House, built by architect Francis Goodwin and completed in 1833. The House was build to take advantage of the views from within. Each room affords spectacular views, of the ocean, Ben Bulben Mountain, Sligo Bay and the pastorial lands from the Drawing Room.
|Ante Room window engraving by Constance Gore Booth and her sister Mabel in 1898 (graffiti even then!, engraved with their diamond rings)|
The Music Room has remarkable acoustics. Oval in shape, lit by a clerestory and skylights and is 65 ft in length.
Original paintings by Jack B Years (brother of WB Yeats), Sir John Lavery, AE, Walter Osborne and more adorn the walls.
|Helen in Music Room at Lissadell House 2011|
The Garden at Lissadell is worth visiting and deserves an entire post.
Both Mabel and Constance Gore Booth were artistic. Mabel pursued gardening and design. Constance was sent to the Slade School in England, then onward to France where she studied art. While there, fell in love with Count Casimir Markievicz, married and returned to Lissadell House, a child namely Maeve Alleys was born. Constance continued to paint and exhibit. The Count Casimir tired of life at Lissadell and Dublin and returned to the Ukraine.
A life of painting and leisure was not enough for Constance. In her journal as a young girl she wrote
"Nature should provide me with something to live for, something to die for" She turned to politics. In 1908 Constance publicly spoke in favour of the nationalist cause from a Sinn Fein platform. Constance was sentenced to death for her part in the Dublin 1916 rising - the sentence got reduced to commuted life imprisonment (in England) She was released in a general amnesty in 1917 and the following year was elected a Sinn Fein member of the English House of Commons, the first woman ever elected to Westminister. Constance decined to take the seat and was appointed Minister for Labour in the Dail (Irish Parliment). Politics was her life and she died in 1927 - her coffin was carried by the President of Ireland, Eamon de Valera. 300,000 people attended her funeral. (She was known as "Madame" to the poor of Dublin).
|Constance with James Connelly 1916 Dublin|
UNDER BENBULBEN TO THE
THE BEAUTY OF HER
WITH ALL YOUTH'S LOVELY
SHE SEEMED TO HAVE GROWN
CLEAN AND SWEET
LIKE ANY ROCK-BRED
MANY A TIME I THINK TO SEEK
ONE OR THE OTHER OUT AND SPEAK
OF THAT OLD GEORGIAN MANSION, MIX
PICTURES OF THE MIND, RECALL THAT
TABLE AND THE TALK OF YOUTH,
TWO GIRLS IN SILK KIMONOS, BOTH
BEAUTIFUL, ONE A GAZELLE
(WB YEAT POEM ON LISSADELL HOUSE0
What outstanding brave women or gazelles do you admire?