Lennox Robinson bids you all a Happy New Year

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A name I have heard many times in the course of my life and yet I could tell you little about him. Lennox Robinson looking rather dapper with a fine wool overcoat, suit and dicky bow tie!
We are back though many of those who normally visit us here will not be back just yet! For all of you may we wish you a Peaceful, Happy and safe New Year and especially for our friends in Australia. We watch in horror at the fires and you are all in our thoughts and prayers!

UPDATE: Thanks especially to suckindeesel for giving us Tim Pat Coogan’s lovely description of this “tall, thin, tweedy man”...

“When I knew him, he lived in a flat, large and comfortable, but still only a flat ... at Longford Terrace, Monkstown. ... One of the great sights of Monkstown in those years was Lennox, a tall, thin, tweedy man with a distant expression, being led by a very tiny Sealyham dog, at the end of a very long lead, on his peregrinations to and from Goggins pub, the very epitome of the Irish expression ‘the relics of auld decency’.”

Photographers: Various

Collection: Irish Personalities Photographic Collection

Date: Circa 1920-1958

NLI Ref: NPA PERS71

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    sharon.corbet

    • 02/Jan/2020 09:09:43

    Esmé Stuart Lennox Robinson was "was an Irish dramatist, poet and theatre producer and director who was involved with the Abbey Theatre " according to Wikipedia .

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    sharon.corbet

    • 02/Jan/2020 09:42:46

    One of his plays is on at the Abbey at the moment - Drama at Inish.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/Jan/2020 09:47:21

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet So the "Lennox" was part of a double barreled surname? Welcome back Sharon and a happy new year to you. It's nice to know that I am not the only one up and out of bed:-)

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 02/Jan/2020 09:48:17

    Ever hear of Laurel and Hardy? Kind of reminds me of Stan Laurel. Thanks, for your thoughts and Prayers - Ireland. I think the government economic strategy is to very gradually wean the dependence of the Australian economy off coal, while the climate is aggressively changing. Makes perfect sense, if you want to get re-elected.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 02/Jan/2020 10:15:30

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] Happy New Year to you too! And while I am up, I’m still on my holliers until the middle of next week! Doesn’t look like it's a double barreled name based on the 1901 Census, instead his parents named him after Esmé Stuart, Duke of Lennox.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 02/Jan/2020 11:23:10

    Here he is in the birth registry from October 1886.

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    Paddywhack56

    • 02/Jan/2020 15:30:43

    A very Happy New Year to all at https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland. Looking forward to your posts in 2020.

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    suckindeesel

    • 02/Jan/2020 18:30:06

    Of Anglo Irish descent, was a strong nationalist. The Abbey lost its patron Annie Horniman en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_Horniman when he refused to close the theatre during the 1910 death of Edward VII. “Ireland is no more theirs than ours, We must glory in our difference, be as proud of it as they theirs.” "The Big House", 1926 Not a popular opinion at the time. According to Wiki, the Abbey Players were prevented from attending his funeral under threat of excommunication.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 02/Jan/2020 20:36:48

    HNY 2020 flickeroonies! Hoping for 20/20 vision with the benefit of hindsight ... And a spot of rain! I like his coat. And we have met him earlier when he was older (if you know what I mean), walking his naughty little upskirting dog ... https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/34195798906/

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    suckindeesel

    • 02/Jan/2020 21:36:38

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia "When I knew him, he lived in a flat, large and comfortable, but still only a flat,.., at Longford Terrace, Monkstown....One of the great sights of Monkstown in those years was Lennox, a tall, thin, tweedy man with a distant expression, being led by a very tiny Sealyham dog, at the end of a very long lead, on his peregrinations to and from Goggins pub, the very epitome of the Irish expression 'the relics of auld decency'" Tim Pat Coogan, Ireland in the 20th century.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/Jan/2020 21:39:33

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Well remembered!!

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    sharon.corbet

    • 03/Jan/2020 00:56:29

    I feel obliged to point out that while he may have been photographed with a dog on one occasion, he was actually painted with a cat.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Jan/2020 08:22:40

    Here is the record of his death in 1958 aged 72. His address is given as 20 Longford Terrace as [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] reports, the red door in this streetview. His Occupation is still Writer and Producer. Cause of death long words meaning heart failure. No record of his marriage - wikipedia says they married in Chelsea and honeymooned in America with the Abbey on tour.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Jan/2020 08:26:10

    Also as https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] reports, that Wiltshire shot is indeed on the route from Longford Terrace to Goggins pub in Monkstown, which would be in sight if the photographer turned around to the right.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 03/Jan/2020 10:13:19

    Fantastic caricature by Tom Lalor from 1917 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000232809

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    Karin Joy Passmore

    • 04/Jan/2020 18:11:36

    Beautiful wool, truly wool, coat!!

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 12/Feb/2020 02:26:23

    1922: Dead Dublin, a city of Fears and Tears. per Mr. Robinson.The Washington times. [volume] (Washington [D.C.]), 29 Sept. 1922. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84026749/1922-09-29/ed-.... He was still popular well into 1930s America, Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.), 12 Jan. 1936. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1936-01-12/ed-...