Dun Emer (Freeman’s Journal, 1904)

1.367. The Freeman’s Journal, (Dublin), Wednesday, 3 February, 1904, 4; Thursday, 4 February, 1904, 5.

Two Extracts from The Freeman’s Journal, relating to Dun Emer.

These two extracts from The Freeman’s Journal’s daily ‘By The Way’ column establish, firstly the attraction of Dun Emer products for students in England with an enthusiasm for the Irish language and `Hibernian’ culture, (albeit at Cambridge rather than Oxford) and, secondly, the diversification of Dun Emer beyond books into other areas of Irish manufacture. The exhibition referred to here was reported on in The Freeman’s Journal on Friday the 5th of February:

The Hibernian Club of Cambridge University is a centre of Irish activity. It has just celebrated its second annual dinner, having as its guests on that occasion Mr. A. P. Graves and Mr. J. P. Boland, M.P., the latter of whom prefaced his reply to the toast of “Eire go brath,” with some well-chosen sentences in Irish. With two such earnest students of the language as Messrs. Kane and Hone among the undergraduates, it is not surprising that Cambridge should emulate Oxford in this respect. Among the seniors, Mr. Quiggan, a Manxman by birth, is not only a worker in Irish philology, but, by frequent visits to the West of Ireland, has made himself acquainted with the modern language. That a product of the Dun Emer embroidery class and the latest volume of poems by “A. E.” should be found in an undergraduate’s room, does not, therefore, cause any surprise.

Apropos of the reference to Dun Emer industries in this column yesterday, it is interesting to note that to-day there will be a sort of field-day at Dun Emer, when the numerous friends of the undertaking will be invited to a display of the banners and carpets which have been worked for Loughrea. It is hoped that many priests will attend and see what Irish art is capable of doing in this direction. The object of the Dun Emer industry is to revive that subtle and delicate industrial art which made the works of Irish craftsmen so famous in ancient days. The printing press at Dun Emer has already become famous for the beautiful finish of the work it produces. Its embroideries will no doubt soon obtain equal renown.