George William Joy, a talented artistic advocate of the unity of the British Isles; and a strong opponent of “Home Rule” for Ireland, was born on July 7th 1844 in Dublin. He painted several powerful patriotically British works, including, “The First Union Jack” (1893).

He also painted “General Gordon’s Last Stand” also known as “The Death of General Gordon, Khartoum, 26 January 1885” (1893; Leeds City Museum), as well as the painting of three women together who are, “Rose, Shamrock and Thistle” (1889); and the anti-republican, “The King’s Drum Shall Never be Beaten for Rebels, 1798” (1891; Bournemouth, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum) which shows a British drummer boy after destroying his drum so his enemy cannot have it.

He died on October 28, 1925 in Purbrook, Hampshire.

Today in Irish history: July 5th

1790 - The Irish mail coach makes its first run from Dublin to Waterford

1798 - Rebels break camp and march north. They collide with a government force led by General Duff. They retreat south and turn to fight Duff at Ballygullen, near Craanford. The battle is indecisive but with three other Government columns converging on them, the rebels divide into two columns and retreat south. The smaller column moves west and into the hills near Carnew. It eventually makes its way to Glenmalure where it joins up with a group of Wicklow rebels. The main column retreats south to Carrigrew; that evening it marches north and camps in the Wicklow Mountains

1812 - Frederick Maning, judge and writer among the Maori, is born in Johnville, Co. Dublin

1828 - Daniel O’Connell wins the Clare election

1838 - The Board of Trinity College decrees the establishment of a Chair of Irish

1936 - Brendan Halligan, economist, Labour politician and Europhile, is born in Dublin

1950 - Veronica Guerin, crime journalist, is born in Dublin

1993 - U2 releases “Zooropa” worldwide, except in North America which will get the album a day later

1998 - All bus services in Belfast are suspended as riots spread across the city

2000 - Storms cause tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage and leave thousands of homes without power

2001 - A two-year project to transcribe the official records of Dáil debates since 1919 is completed; the entire archive is available at Ireland Gov.

2002 - A new EU survey shows that electricity costs for the Irish consumer are among the cheapest in Europe, but gas users are paying some of the highest rates

2002 - Over €2 billion is wiped off the value of companies on the Irish stock exchange as markets around the world continue to see sharp falls amid concerns about improper accounting standards.

Ich kenne viele Menschen, die in der Gesellschaft gut zu reden wissen: aber ich kenne wenige, die gut zu hören verstehen.

I know many people who know how to talk well in company: but I know few who know how to listen well.

Christian Garve (1742 – 1798), German philosopher


Some Sunset,sky, sun and dusk  -   Eugène Delacroix

French 1798-1863

Sunset on the Sea, watercolor on paper, c.1854

Sunset on the Sea, watercolor on paper

Sunset 1850

Study of Sky, Setting Sun   1849  pastel ,  Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

Study of the Sky at Sunset  1849 pastel ,Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

Study of the Sky at Sunset, pastel on blue paper

Study of the Sky at Dusk, 1849 ,  pastel Musée du Louvre  ,France - Paris

Study of the Sky, 1849 ,  13.7 cm X 23.7 cm, Private collection

An Egyptian-style cloak was worn by Napoleon the night before the battle of Waterloo 1815. The Emperor had a fascination with Ancient Egypt since he invaded the country in 1798. The cloak was looted from his carriage after the battle. [2000x4300]

In seiner Stube ohne Menschen eingeschlossen zu seyn, auch wenn man Bücher zu Gesellschaftern hat, bringt doch auf die Länge eine gewisse Leerheit und Trockenheit des Geistes hervor.

To be locked up in your chamber, even when you have company of good books, causes in the long run a certain emptyness and dryness of the spirit.

Christian Garve (1742 – 1798), German philosopher

Today in Irish history: June 22nd

1770 - James Smyth, MP for Dundalk, is killed in a riding accident

1798 - Rebel southern column marches through Sculloge Gap, into Co. Carlow. Rebel northern column marches to camp at Croghan

1798 - Execution of John Kelly, also known as ‘Kelly of Killane’

1866 - Archbishop Cullen becomes the first Irishman elevated to Cardinal

1921 - First Ulster parliament, led by Sir James Craig, is formally opened by King George V, who appeals for peace

1922 - Longford-born Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson is shot and killed by the IRA on the steps of his home in London (link to Wild Geese)

1930 - Sir Hugh Annesley - RUC Chief Constable - is born in Dublin

1932 - Eucharistic Congress in Dublin begins. The high point is when over a million people gather for Mass in Phoenix Park

1940 - The last tram to Donnybrook, Dublin leaves

1959 - Birth of Michael Kinane - jockey - in Killenaule, Co. Tipperary

1973 - Hilton Edwards and Dr. Micheál Mac Liammóir are given the Freedom of the city of Dublin

1997 - Orange parades pass off quietly amid growing fears of a further stand-off at Drumcree

1998 - An urgent appeal is made to Ireland’s drivers to slow down after eight young people lose their lives in a black weekend on the country’s roads

2002 - U2’s Edge marries longtime girlfriend Morleigh Steinberg in a Jewish ceremony at the Garden of Eze in the south of France. Bono is the best man.