Civil List Pensioners from Ireland

These include the national poet of Ireland as he was called: George Moore, the scientist and mathematician Sir William Rowan Hamilton, James Joyce (the greatest story writer and novelist in the English language of the twentieth century) and William Butler Yeats (also a Nobel Laureate). There are several others including the Blind Poetess of Donegal. These were pre independence Pensions. Yeats refused a knighthood because of his republican leanings for which he was famous and became a Senator of the Free State. These republican leanings did not in any way affect the respect in which he was held in Britain as the greatest poet in the English language of the early twentieth century. Joyce emigrated to Zurich, where there is a James Joyce Cafe and for his piercing honesty, was banned in Ireland until about the late eighties.


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