Virtual Exhibition



 George Russell – a man in love with the future


 About this Virtual Exhibition


George William Russell (also known by the pseudonym A.E.), journalist, poet, artist and economic agriculturalist was born 150 years ago. Selections of his poetry, pamphlets concerning social and political issues and publications such as The Irish Homestead (a weekly journal edited by ‘A.E.’) are shown here.  The famed Irish novelist Frank O’ Connor was asked to say a few words of farewell over A.E.’s grave.  He spoke of the gratitude of two generations of Irish writers who were indebted to A.E. for his encouragement and help. He said however, the greatest service A.E. rendered to Ireland was the creation of new modes of life – ‘he was a forerunner, a man in love with the future’. Libraries NI holds a large collection of his work​. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​