NAPOLI KATHLEEN (Nee McKenna) (1897 - 1988)
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Artist: Thomas PradzynskiTitle: Frutti Di NapoliDimensions: 35 3/4in. by 35 3/4in.Edition: From the rare limited edition of 150Medium: Original serigraph on paperCondition: ExcellentSignature Details:
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typed letter signed to Colonel Padraic O' Farrell, Rome, Italy, 24 August 1982 with manuscript emendations and postscript. NOTE: Kathleen McKenna (1897 - 1988) was born in Oldcastle ,Co Meath, to a strongly nationalist family, whose circle of friends included Arthur Griffith,Douglas Hyde and the poet Brian O Higgins. In 1919 she joined Sinn Fein and was given the task of typing and printing the Irish Bulletin, the new underground publicity organ envisaged by Arthur Griffith and the Ministry of Propaganda, then under the direction of Desmond FitzGerald.In 1921 she went to London for the Treaty negotiations as secretary to Arthur Griffith, head of the Irish Delegation. She later served as private secretary to Desmond FitzGerald when he was minister for External Affairs and later Kevin OHiggins and William Cosgrave. In 1924 she was secretary to the Boundary Commission, and in 1926 she was one of the secretaries to the Irish Delegation attending the Imperial Conference in London.She resigned in 1931 to marry Capt Vittorio Napoli of the Italian Royal Grenadier Guards, moving to Libya and Albania before settling in Rome. She was a regular contributor to the Irish Independent, the Irish Times and other Irish and international newspapers. (Source: The Irish Times 21 March 2014)