Prints by David Rooney
Eoin MacNeill (1867–1945), from the Glens of Antrim, was an eminent Gaelic scholar and UCD professor. Envisioning an armed volunteer force to pressurise for implementation of home rule, he was principal founder in 1913 and commander of the Irish Volunteers. Opposed tactically to armed rebellion, on learning belatedly that IRB infiltrators were conspiring to lead the Volunteers into insurrection, he issued an order countermanding the Easter weekend 1916 mobilisation, resulting in postponement of the rising to Easter Monday and a drastic reduction in the numbers participating.
- The portrait is lithograph printed onto 500x 500mm (image area 280x270mm) cuts of uncoated Munken Lynx rough paper (170 g/m2), signed and numbered by David Rooney and limited to just 100 pressings.
- Prints conveniently fit Ikea ‘RIBBA’ frames.
Illustrator David Rooney’s artwork features in publications by The Folio Society, London, and in cultural centres such as the Titanic Experience, Belfast, King John’s Castle, Limerick; and the Stonehenge visitor centre.