Monday, May 16, 2005
A Fine Emmet-ation
Okay, okay, so I’ve probably bored you a little in recent times with shots of folk imitating animals, so this week lets get back to the business of the imitation of statues of men...!
Many thanks to my friend Zoë, for sending in this photo of boyfriend Paul, stood by his statue of Robert Emmet in Dublin. Emmet was an Irish patriot and revolutionary, seeking a free Irish State. In July 1803, he led an uprising in Dublin that was quickly suppressed by the British Army. Shortly afterwards, a British special court condemned him to death by hanging. This statue depicts Emmet as he appeared while addressing the court, in a renowned oration:
“When my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then, and not until then, let my epitaph be written” - Robert Emmet, September 1803.
Fast forward 118 years and it finally happened.
Emmet has become one of Ireland’s favourite sons because of his courageous behaviour. So much so in fact, it is also possible to stand by your Emmet in Washington and San Francisco too! There’s also one in the town of Emmetsburg in Iowa, of all places, but I can’t find a picture of that one – there is an essay about it though.