Notable Members

In our 125 year history the ILS has had many members and guests notable for their artistic and political achievements. Throughout our 125th anniversary year, 2017, we will be filling out this section of the website with profiles of some of these key figures.

A painting by Bernard Canavan has been donated by the artist to the Irish Literary Society. The painting is titled ‘Early Irish Literary Society Figures’ and depicts some of these early notable members. The artist is a long time member of the Society. The work now hangs in the Seamus Heaney Library in the Bloomsbury Hotel.

image of Early Irish Literary Society Figures. By Bernard Canavan (2014)

Early Irish Literary Society Figures.
By Bernard Canavan (2014)
(back from left): D.J. O’Donohue, W.P. Ryan. Front: Francis Fahy, Dora Sigerson Shorter, T.W. Rolleston and W.B. Yeats. The artist is a long time member of the Irish Literary Society (ILS).