Happy Island :
child poems /
by Crawford Neil.
|Main Creator:||Neil, James Crawford, 1887-1916|
|Published / Created:||
Dublin : Máire Nic Shiubhlaigh, 1916.
Edited, with a preface by F. R. Higgins.
LO P 995 is inscribed by Neil's fiancée, Gypsy Walker, to the noted Irish Republican politician, Michael Noyk (1884-1966). Published by Gypsy Walker's sister, Máire Nic Shiubhlaigh. Crawford Neil (1887-1916), a Presbyterian by religion, lived in Drumcondra. He worked as a library assistant in the National Library of Ireland. On Tuesday 26 April the Library was closed due to the Rising, so he travelled to Glasthule, a village near Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire), to visit his fiancée, an actress named Patricia ('Gypsy') Walker, a sister of Máire Nic Shiubhlaigh, also an actress and one of the Cumann na mBan women then ensconced in Jacob's biscuit factory. On his way home it appears that he was remonstrating with a looter when he was shot in the back, possibly by a stray bullet, or by a bullet fired by a soldier or Volunteer who mistook him for a looter. He died on May 10th. He was a promising poet just about to have this, his first collection, published.
Physical description: 24 pages ; 20 cm.