|Group photo in the embassy, includes 4½ Swedes - Tom's book - Tom (right) presents book to ambassador|
|Frederick Douglass - Daniel O'Connell|
When they met in 1845 Douglass was about 27, O'Connell was 70.
So you could say these images are ill-chosen, for which I can only apologise
|Top, O'Connell Bridge over the Liffey in Dublin: broader than it is long. |
Bottom, Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge over the Anacostia in Washington, D.C: rather dull.
Can't finish this post without saluting John Green, Chairman of the Glasnevin Trust, who was the fixer for the day. Not only did he fix the embassy meeting, but also a lecture for Tom at Dublin’s Glasnevin Museum a couple of days earlier, and moreover he fixed a guided tour of London’s Tower Hill Memorial where my Swedish great uncle Axel is remembered. My mother’s sister Barbro was especially keen to see this. Axel lost his life on a torpedoed British merchant ship in 1917.
No space here for an essay on Glasnevin Cemetery. Originally established by Daniel O’Connell in 1828. If you’ve an interest in Irish history, the cemetery and museum are a must. My cousin Meta and I had a guided tour in twilight, magical!
And finally, I said Douglass is little known on this side of the Atlantic. But Meta tells me our uncle Gösta used to give his books as presents, so maybe I ought to have said “little known to me” …
|John Green, fixer and Chairman of Glasnevin Trust|