Saturday, 17 August 2019

984) Muriel Gifford

Muriel Enid Gifford (1884 - 1917). Eight child of the twelve children of Frederick and Isabella Gifford, an Irish couple of. unionist-leaning politics.
She was trained as a nurse and in 1912 married the political activist Thomas MacDonagh. They had two childrem, Donagh and Barbara.
Thomas MacDonagh was executed in 1916 and Muriel died of a heart attack a year afterwards, while swimming.

- "Growing into adulthood, Muriel was described as a tall, striking woman with long red hair."…/today-in-irish-history-9-j…/…

- "The pupuls sensed more than a passing affair when this red-haired young lady appeared on the scene. [...] fairly tall, with a roseleaf complexion, dark eyes and masses of Titian hair..."…

- "Several of the girls, inculding Muriel, were red-headed and their mother was ashamed of the fact."…

983) Tim Healy

Timothy Michael Healy, (1855 – 1931). Irish nationalist politician, journalist, author, barrister and one of the most controversial Irish Members of Parliament (MPs) in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. His political career began in the 1880s under Charles Stewart Parnell's leadership of the Irish Parliamentary Party (IPP), and continued into the 1920s, when he was the first Governor-General of the Irish Free State.

- "Short in stature, flaming red haired, with a square forehead and staring eyes..."…

982) Vladimir K. Zworykin

Vladimir Kosmich Zworykin (1888 – 1982). Russian-American inventor, engineer, and pioneer of television technology. Zworykin invented a television transmitting and receiving system employing cathode ray tubes. He played a role in the practical development of television from the early thirties, including charge storage-type tubes, infrared image tubes and the electron microscope.

- "Because of the grumblings and rumblings of this red-haired, red-tempered genius, the whole of the TV spectrum has not been surrendered to vaudeville clichés and verbal Irish sweepstakes."…

Friday, 16 August 2019

981) Alice Milligan

Alice Milligan (1865 – 1953) Irish nationalist poet and writer, active in the Gaelic League.
ogether with her father she wrote a political travelogue of the north of Ireland in 1888, Glimpses of Erin. She wrote her first novel, A Royal Democrat, in 1890.
After the death of C. S. Parnell she became an ardent nationalist. In 1894 with Jenny Armour she founded branches of the Irish Women's Association in Belfast and other places, and became its first president. With Ethna Carbery she founded two nationalist publications in the 1890s, The Northern Patriot, and later The Shan Van Vocht, a monthly literary magazine published in Belfast from 1896 to 1899.
She was a figure of the Irish literary revival, and a close associate of Douglas Hyde. She was also 'on first-name terms' with WB Yeats, James Connolly and Roger Casement. Tomas MacDonagh, writing in the Irish Review in September 1914, described her as 'the best Irish poet of his generation'.

- "This “red-headed Nationalist” was a figure of gossip and controversy and was branded a “black mark” on her family’s reputation."…/

- "... a young woman with bright red hair, a hat... My companion said excitedly: There is Alice Miligan.…

980) Mary Colum

Mary Colum (née Maguire, 1884 – 1957). Irish literary critic and author.
She co-founded The Irish Review (1911–14) with David Houston, Thomas MacDonagh et al. and she and her husband Padraic edited the magazine for some months of its four-year career.
In July 1912 she married Padraic Colum and they moved to New York in 1914, living occasionally in London and Paris. In Paris Colum associated with James Joyce and discouraged him from duping enquirers about the origins of the interior monologue in the example of Edouard Dujardin.

- "... got his revenge by making Colum’s curly red hair look wild in the finished portrait, despite the fact that she had had a finger wave put in to keep it under control."…

- "Mary was a very lovely young woman, and was described as having “a cascade of beautiful red hair”.…/an-irishman-s-diary-on-mary-ma…

- "... taking young, red-haired witty Mary Colum along..."…

- "... both pursuing a red-haired Sligo girl named Mary Maguire, who taught at St.Enda's with MacDonagh."

979) J. J. "Ginger" O'Connell

Jeremiah Joseph "Ginger" O'Connell (1887 – 1944). Irish revolutionary, active in the Irish War of Independence, and later a senior officer in the Irish Defence Forces.
At the time the 1916 Easter Rising, O'Connell was operating in Dublin under instruction from Joseph Plunkett. He was dispatched to Cork by Eoin MacNeill to try to prevent the Rising. Following the Rising, he was arrested and held in Frongoch internment camp from April to July 1916. In 1918 he was again arrested and interned, spending time in Wandsworth Prison with Arthur Griffith for the alleged involvement in the fabricated German Plot.
During the Irish War of Independence, he was a member of the Irish Republican Army headquarters staff, as Assistant Director of Training and, after the killing of Dick McKee, as Director of Training. He coordinated, and was the principal lecturer, for a training course for military officers.
In the IRA split after Dáil Éireann ratified the Anglo-Irish Treaty, O'Connell took the pro-Treaty side. He was made Deputy Chief of Staff in the National Army. On 26 June 1922, he was kidnapped by anti-treaty forces in reprisal for the arrest of an anti-treaty officer; his kidnapping was a precipitating factor in the formal outbreak of the Irish Civil War, when government pro-treaty forces two days later attacked anti-treaty forces occupying the Four Courts. O'Connell survived the fighting and spent the rest of the civil war as General Officer Commanding the Curragh Command.

- "He was nicknamed "Ginger" because of his red hair.

978) Frank Jenks

Frank Jenks (1902 – 1962). Acid-voiced American supporting actor of stage and films.
Jenks began in vaudeville and went on to a long career in movies and television, mostly in comedy. He was one of the more familiar faces and voices of the Hollywood Studio era. For almost ten years beginning in the early 1920s, Jenks was a song and dance man in vaudeville.

- "With his shock of wavy red hair slicked back tight on his head, Frank had an infectious Irish grin..."…