Maud Gonne MacBride (Maud Nic Ghoinn, Bean Mhic Giolla Bhríde, 21 December 1866 – 27 April 1953) was an English-born Irish revolutionary, feminist and actress, best remembered for her turbulent relationship with William Butler Yeats. Of Anglo-Irish stock and birth, she was won over to Irish nationalism by the plight of evicted people in the Land Wars. She was also active in Home Rule activities.
In 1890 she returned to France where she once again met Millevoye. In 1891, she briefly joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a magical organization with which Yeats had involved himself. Between 1893 and 1895, she and Millevoye had two children together. Only the second, a girl named Iseult Gonne survived, and would later marry the Irish-Australian novelist, Francis Stuart.
In the same year, she joined the Roman Catholic Church. She refused many marriage proposals from Yeats because she viewed him as insufficiently nationalist and because of his unwillingness to convert to Roman Catholicism.
In 1918 she was arrested in Dublin and imprisoned in England for six months. During the War of Independence she worked with the White Cross for the relief of victims of violence. In 1921 she opposed the Treaty and advocated the Republican side. She settled in Dublin in 1922.
I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
Few poets have celebrated a woman's beauty to the extent Yeats did in his lyric verse about Gonne. From his second book to Last Poems, she became the Rose, Helen of Troy (in No second Troy), the Ledaean Body (Leda and the Swan), Cathleen Ní Houlihan, Pallas Athene and Deirdre.
Maud Gonne, Tara and Raiders of the Lost Ark; Heavenly Treasure: A Tense Moment for Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark Hill of Tara: Is This Where the Ark Was Left? Maud Gonne: Foiled Plan to Plunder Tara
Dec 03, 2008; Byline: Lynne Kelleher A GROUP of imperial fanatics plan to plunder a sacred site, steal the lost Ark of the Covenant and lead an...
How the Abbey theatre really began ; Tomorrow is the centenary of a humble production in St Teresa's Temperance Hall which led to the founding of the Abbey. Toms Mac Anna pays tribute to Maud Gonne, Annie Horniman, Frank Fay - and Willie Fay, who searched Dublin on his bicycle for a location for the new theatre
Apr 01, 2002; When Lady Gregory died in 1932, quite a controversy arose over who were the real founders of the Abbey Theatre. Annie Horniman in...
Waif of the Revival who lost her way ; The missives written by Maud Gonne's daughter to Yeats and Ezra Pound reveal a troubled and unhappy young woman
Feb 28, 2004; Letters to W.B.Yeats and Ezra Pound from Iseult Gonne: A Girl that Knew All Dante Once. Edited by A. Norman Jeffares, Anna...