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    PORTRAIT SCULPTURE OF LORD MAYOR DYING ON HUNGER STRIKE

    Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

    Albert Power – Study of Terence MacSwiney

    It looks a bit like a death mask but in fact this 1920 head of Terence MacSwiney, Lord Mayor of Cork, was sculpted in 1920 shortly before he died on hunger strike in Brixton Prison by Albert Power. It sold for a hammer price of 11,000 at the James Adam Country House Collections sale at Townley Hall.

    Attempts to force feed the Lord Mayor were undertaken in the final days of his strike. Albert Power, whose name is synonymous with Irish nationalist sculpture, visited the Lord Mayor as he was dying in prison.  He fell into a coma on October 20, 1920 and died five days later after 73 days on hunger strike.  Terence MacSwiney is buried in the Republican Plot at St. Finbarr’s Cemetery in Cork.
    Power’s commissions included bronze busts of the new Irish President Arthur Griffiths and the army chief Michael Collins.  He also completed death masks for both men which were added to the Cenotaph on Leinster Lawn at Dail Eireann.

    A SILVER DISH RING GIVEN TO TERENCE MACSWINEY AS A WEDDING PRESENT

    Monday, April 4th, 2016
    The silver dish ring by Egans of Cork given to Terence MacSwiney as a wedding present in 1917.

    The silver dish ring by Egans of Cork given to Terence MacSwiney as a wedding present in 1917. UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,200 AT HAMMER

    An inscribed silver dish ring given as a wedding present to Terence MacSwiney – the Republican Lord Mayor of Cork who died on hunger strike in Brixton Prison in 1920 – comes up at Fonsie Mealy’s Centenary Sale at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin on April 23.  The pierced dish ring was a gift from the girls of St. Ita’s, the independent school in Cork founded by his sisters Maire and Aine MacSwiney after Maire was dismissed from her teaching post following her arrest during the Easter Rising.

    Terence MacSwiney was a founder member of the Irish Volunteers in Cork.  Though the planned Rising in Cork did not take place he and other Volunteers were arrested and detained in England and Wales.  In June 1917 he married Muriel (Muirgheal) Murphy of the Cork brewing family.  They had one daughter.  In 1920 after the assassination of  Lord Mayor Tomas Mac Curtain, Terence MacSwiney became Lord Mayor of Cork.  On August 12 he was arrested at Cork City Hall and sentenced to two years imprisonment for possession of a military cipher. He died on hunger strike in Brixton Prison 74 days later. His funeral was enormous. His death was a turning point in public support for the Republican struggle.
    The dish ring by Egans of Cork, with Dublin hallmarks for 1916, is inscribed: “M  .. / Agus / T. Mac S. / La a bposta / 9 / 6 / 17”.  The lower rim is inscribed “O Chailinibh Sgoil Ite Naomhta” (from the girls of St. Ita’s).  It is estimated at 2,000-3,000.  In 1916 Easter Sunday fell on April 23.
    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 3,200 IN A SALE WHICH MADE JUST UNDER 500,000