Aug 25

Exploring Universal Identity

 

The Identity Series explores our common (universal) identity with Ireland as the initial focus

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Exploring ID

 

Apr 30

Who was Gerald Keogh?

Who was Gerald Keogh after whom the Series is Named?

Gerald Keogh

Volunteer Gerald Keogh

A RARE VIGNETTE OF 1916

Irish Volunteer Gerald Keogh was killed at dawn on Easter Tuesday 1916 by Anzac troops defending Trinity College Dublin. His eldest brother, J. Augustus Keogh—who lived in London where he was stage manager at the Royalty Theatre—on hearing of his brother’s death, immediately made moves to return home. He convinced W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory that he was well qualified to become manager of the Abbey Theatre in the aftermath of the troubles and, indeed, the troubles which the Abbey had with its former manager, St John Ervine.

Being an aficionado of G. B. Shaw, J. Augustus gave this playwright a valuable theatrical presence in Dublin after Shaw had criticised the execution of the 1916 Irish leaders. Shaw’s box-office appeal in England slumped but Dublin audiences were swamped with his works.

This is how an Anzac bullet came to boost Shaw’s theatrical presence in Dublin in 1916.

Our Facebook Page also carries more about this little-know story of the Easter Rising.

A photo of J. Augustus is shown (below left). Also shown is a photo of Michael McHugh (Anzac sharpshooter—of Irish descent) who was among the troops that gunned down Gerald in Grafton Street.

Joseph A Keogh eldest brother of Gerald Keogh

J. Augustus Keogh

 

 

McHugh allegedly killed Gerald Keogh

Michael McHugh

The poignancy of Gerald’s death is captured in the song Digger in Dublin composed by songwriters Kevin McCarthy and Geoff McArthur in which Mick McHugh laments his part in the killing of Gerald.

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UPDATING THE STORY

1916: Incredible meeting as families on opposite sides reconcile after 100 years at the foot of Grafton Street

(24/04/16. No Repro Fee) *** Easter Rising Families Reconcile after 100 Years *** Patrick McHugh born in Cairns, North Queensland, Australia and Raymond Keogh from Bray, County Wicklow met at Trinity College today 23rd April in advance of the unveiling of a plaque by Dublin City Council (on Monday 25th April 2016) to commemorate the death of Irish Volunteer Gerald Keogh, Raymond’s grand-uncle, who was shot outside Trinity College on 24th April 1916, reputedly by Australian soldier (Anzac trooper) Mick McHugh, great-great-uncle of Patrick, during the Easter Rising 1916. Irish Volunteer Gerald Keogh and Australian trooper Mick McHugh were both young soldiers of the same age (22) but on opposite sides in the 1916 Rising. Mick was ordered to defend Trinity College during Easter week. Mick is reputed to have killed Gerald while the Irish Volunteer was carrying out direct orders from Patrick Pearse. PICTURED: Patrick McHugh and Raymond Keogh meet for the first time in front of the tower in Trinity college where it is alleged that Patrick's great great uncle shot Raymond's grand-uncle outside Trinity College on 24th April 1916. PIC: Joe Keogh.

Patrick McHugh born in Cairns, North Queensland, Australia (left) and Raymond Keogh from Bray, County Wicklow (right) met at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) where their relations were involved in fatal combat on opposing sides of the 1916 Rising.

Raymond’s grand-uncle Irish Volunteer Gerald Keogh was shot at the foot of Grafton Street outside TCD on 25th April 1916 (Anzac Day) reputedly by Australian trooper (“Digger”) Mick McHugh, great-great-uncle of Patrick.

Mick was ordered to defend TCD during Easter week and is reputed to have killed Gerald while the Irish Volunteer was carrying out direct orders from Patrick Pearse. Full story here

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