James Clarence Mangan
Oliver sheppard, 1909
James Clarence Mangan (1803 - 1849)
Some regard Mangan as the greatest poet of the nineteenth centaury.
Mangan is a thread in the rich tapestry that is Dublin's literary history. His intemperance estranged him from human society and rendered him all but unemployable. There are many descriptions of his personal appearance, recording lean figure, blue cloak, witch’s hat and umbrella that he carried regardless of the weather.
He died of cholera.
The inset figure represents Róisín Dubh (The Black Rose), the last known work of Willie Pearse who was executed following the 1916 rising along with his brother Padraig Pearse.