Eithne Coyle, Eileen Gray & Knockdrum Stone Fort

October 17, 2021

Leading Irish republican Eithne Coyle was featured recently on the BBC website. She was one of the few women who used a gun during the War of Independence, speaking about her experiences to the Bureau of Military History - read more here. The image above shows Eithne (centre) at rifle practice at an IRA training camp in Carlow in 1922.

The wonderful designer Eileen Gray was included in an article in the Guardian about house museums this week. Her villa E-1027 in the south of France was featured alongside the houses of photographer Lee Miller (Sussex), architect Luis Barragán (Mexico City), Kawai Kanjirō (Kyoto) and sculptor JB Blunk (California).

The Irish Aesthete's blog featured the sad story of Drum Manor in Co Tyrone, rebuilt from an earlier house in 1829 and demolished in 1975. The image below from the blog and further information about the house can be found on the Archiseek website.

Yesterday was International Archaeology Day and to mark this, we were re-reading some of the excellent posts on archaeology on the Roaringwater Journal blog, including two about Knockdrum Stone Fort near us in West Cork: one on the Fort itself and another on the man who excavated it, Henry Boyle Somerville, younger brother of writer Edith Somerville.

And finally, as part of the Decade of Centenaries commemorative programme Cork County Council is undertaking a project to audit commemorative memorials across Cork, including memorials relating to the Irish revolutionary period. The public is asked to submit details of sites in their locality to commemorations@corkcoco.ie. Click here to see the Project Statement. Click here for the Survey Form.