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When: 01 January 1883

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This is allegedly a bust of Denis Florence MacCarthy. Now I suspect that many of us plebs never heard of this gentleman, so one wonders who was he to be preserved for all time in marble? It is a fine-looking sculpture with excellent detail, so this is a particularly singular honour for Denis. Google search on the way!!!!

+++ UPDATE +++
No idea why our catalogue record had a question mark after Bust of Denis Florence MacCarthy? as it quite clearly states what it is on the tin, or in this case, marble plinth. Thanks to Suck Diesel for the list of the great and good of Irish society in 1882, who came together to contribute to a memorial fund to perpetuate “in a fitting manner the memory of this distinguished Irish poet”. We’re assuming this bust was the outcome of that fund? And we now know that Mr MacCarthy (1817-1882) was an Irish poet, translator, and biographer, born in Sackville Street Lower (now O’Connell Street), Dublin.

Photographers: Various

Collection: Political Personalities Photographic Collection

Date: After 1882 (date of death is on the plinth)

NLI Ref: NPA POLI41

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 21/Apr/2020 08:00:16

    good image

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    suckindeesel

    • 21/Apr/2020 08:05:40

    Denis Florence MacCarthy (1817–1882) was an Irish poet, translator, and biographer, born in Lower O'Connell Street, Dublin Wikipedia Would this bust be the merorial referred to? "Memorial to Denis Florence MacCarthy.Memorial to Denis Florence MacCarthy. A Committee of friends and admirers of the late Denis Florence MacCarthy has been formed for the purpose of perpetuating in a fitting manner the memory of this distinguished Irish poet. Among the contributors to the Memorial Fund are Cardinal Newman, Cardinal MacCabe, Cardinal MacClosky; Most Rev. Dr. M'Gettigan, Most Rev. Dr. Croke, Most Rev. Dr. Butler, and many of the Irish Clergy; Lord O'Hagan, the Marquis of Ripon, Archbishop Trench, Judge O'Hagan, Sir. C. G. Duffy, Aubrey de Vere, Sir Samuel Ferguson, and Dr. J. K. Ingram. Subscriptions will be received by the Lord Mayor, Mansion House, Dublin; by Dr. James Brady, 38 Harcourt-st; Mr. W. L. Joynt, D. L., 43 Merrion-square; Rev. C. P. Meehan, SS. Michael and John's; or by any Member of the Committee. A Committee of friends and admirers of the late Denis Florence MacCarthy has been formed for the purpose of perpetuating in a fitting manner the memory of this distinguished Irish poet. Among the contributors to the Memorial Fund are Cardinal Newman, Cardinal MacCabe, Cardinal MacClosky; Most Rev. Dr. M'Gettigan, Most Rev. Dr. Croke, Most Rev. Dr. Butler, and many of the Irish Clergy; Lord O'Hagan, the Marquis of Ripon, Archbishop Trench, Judge O'Hagan, Sir. C. G. Duffy, Aubrey de Vere, Sir Samuel Ferguson, and Dr. J. K. Ingram. Subscriptions will be received by the Lord Mayor, Mansion House, Dublin; by Dr. James Brady, 38 Harcourt-st; Mr. W. L. Joynt, D. L., 43 Merrion-square; Rev. C. P. Meehan, SS. Michael and John's; or by any Member of the Committee." www.gutenberg.org/files/12622/12622-h/12622-h.htm

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    B-59

    • 21/Apr/2020 08:07:39

    "Ah! my heart is weary waiting, Waiting for the May: Waiting for the pleasant rambles Where the fragrant hawthorn brambles, Where the woodbine alternating, Scent the dewy way; Ah! my heart is weary, waiting, Waiting for the May." Denis Florence MacCarthy (That's worth a bust I think)

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    Rory_Sherlock

    • 21/Apr/2020 08:27:09

    It should be reversed, as the lettering is currently back-to-front

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Apr/2020 08:32:46

    Bust by Thomas Farrell. Now in Blackrock College per www.libraryireland.com/irishartists/sir-thomas-farrell.php

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    Foxglove

    • 21/Apr/2020 08:43:45

    I admin a group called "upsidey downsie" (where something in life are best seen upsidey downsie). I sometime think that NLI secretly hosts a "back to frontie let's reversie". Ireland! its secret history in reverse. hope everyone is in good health and really pleased that NLI can still admin it's Flickr account in difficult times ...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Apr/2020 08:44:09

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] your wish is my command - Flipped

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    Rory_Sherlock

    • 21/Apr/2020 08:45:42

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Thank you! He looks so much better!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Apr/2020 08:50:14

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove Well thank you, I think we are all enjoying it too!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/Apr/2020 09:17:00

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley According to that list, Thomas Farrell also sculpted a bust of Mrs Goodbody ... ...

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    xpisto1

    • 21/Apr/2020 10:33:01

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] B-59 Very much worth one.

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    suckindeesel

    • 21/Apr/2020 11:51:24

    "Ah! my heart is weary waiting, Waiting for the May-- Waiting for the pleasant rambles, Where the fragrant hawthorn brambles, With the woodbine alternating, Scent the dewy way. Ah! my heart is weary waiting, Waiting for the May." -Dennis Florence MacCarthy

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Apr/2020 12:41:22

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] What is going to happen in May? That is the question. We are all waiting!!

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    B-59

    • 21/Apr/2020 16:03:53

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland For the end of the corona lockdown!

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    suckindeesel

    • 21/Apr/2020 20:23:51

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Yes, you got it in one. Hope the wait is not in vain.

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    suckindeesel

    • 21/Apr/2020 20:34:11

    His portrait in the National Gallery onlinecollection.nationalgallery.ie/objects/2670/portrait... A younger man with no beard.

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    silverio10

    • 21/Apr/2020 22:17:00

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

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    moccasinlanding

    • 22/Apr/2020 01:58:42

    He aged well.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 22/Apr/2020 12:06:12

    The inclusion of Cardinal Newman in the committee reflects the fact that McCarthy served as first Professor of Poetry in Newman's Catholic University in Dublin in the mid-1850s. It was Fr David Moriarty of All Hallows, later Bishop of Kerry - who brought McCarthy to Newman's attention. McCarthy's contemporary Robert Ornsby, Professor of Classical Literature, described McCarthy as 'mainly a literary man, and his literary tastes are rather of the magazine description;' but he had 'a remarkably painstaking and industrious mind, and … a good deal of real genius.'

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 22/Apr/2020 21:00:12

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy Hi Bernard, good to see you.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 22/Apr/2020 22:05:52

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Thanks! I’m currently doing research on Newman so that connection came immediately to mind.

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    salah_souissi

    • 04/May/2020 16:22:33

    immortalisé !