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Iseult Stuart Headstone

A grab-shot taken just before sunset this afternoon - Valentine's Day, the most romantic day of the year - at Glendalough cemetery, County Wicklow. Being a fan of the poetry of late William Butler Yeats, I was pleasantly surprised to find this headstone about twenty years ago.

 

On a very quick photo-tour of Wicklow this afternoon, while returning home from Dublin, I was just in time to capture this in the failing light. It's a short distance from the back (west side) of Glendalough's round tower, and beside a small gate.

 

The fascinating love-stories of Iseult, her mother - Maud Gonne-McBride, W.B. Yeats and others is quite captivating. You can read a nice concise version at:

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iseult_Gonne

 

Maud Gonne was considered to be one of the most attractive ladies in Ireland during her era. Despite it being during the early days of photography, an Irish photographer managed to take a life-size picture of her on a specially made Irish camera, using a life-size negative. You can see and read all about that at Club na Múinteóirí/The Teachers' Club, Parnell Square, Dublin.

 

This simple but exquisite granite memorial is the work of sculptress Imogen Stuart. The little granite dove, in what resembles a church window, fits in well here in this unique valley so famous for it's historic religious past . . . and seven ancient ruined churches. Even on this cold day in February, there were visitors go leór in the area including many foreign students. We met one young couple from Russia at Glenmacnass, a few miles away.

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Taken on February 14, 2012