Daniel O'Connell's Derrynane Silk Scarf
This delightful long silk scarf is from the House of Kerry “Where the heart sings” collection. From a distance the design and pattern is abstract with beautiful blues and golds and a splash of red. If you look closely though you will see my hand drawn watercolor painting of Daniel O’ Connell, the Irish political leader in the first half of the nineteenth century (otherwise known as the “Liberator” or “Emancipator” in Irish history), walking along the beach at his beloved Derrynane, Co. Kerry with two wolfhounds. Daniel spent his childhood at Derrynane and It was here immersed in the natural beauty of the landscape that he found his retreat from the pressures of his working life. He looks out to the future where there is a three mast tall ship on the horizon resembling the Jeanie Johnston but he wouldn’t have seen this particular ship as he died a year before its construction in Canada was complete in 1847. He also would not have yet seen the “Tricolor” which he campaigned and worked for as it was to come much later. He wears his “artist cap” or “Cap of Liberty” a gift to him from Irish artists John Hogan and Henry MacManus at the famous monster rally at Mullaghmast in 1843. The hat was to become synonymous with Daniel O’Connell and the Sculptor John Hogan even immortalised it in stone when he carved O’Connell likeness in stone on the east door of St. James Church in Dublin.
Derrynane is a stunning place on the Ring of Kerry well worth a visit. The Prince of Wales and Camilla recently took a stroll on this famous beach in 2018 on a special trip to Kerry and Cork!
This would make a perfect gift for a nature or history lover!
34 x 176 cm approx silk satin
Hand rolled edges