The View from Dalkey Hill: Shaw’s Formative Years

  • A. M. Gibbs


On Dalkey Hill, outside Dublin, the family into which Bernard Shaw was born in 1856 shared a summer residence, Torca Cottage, with the enterprising and eccentric conductor and music teacher, George Vandaleur Lee, with whose career as a musical entrepreneur in Dublin the Shaws had become associated. The cottage commanded views of vast expanses of sea and sky. All Dublin Bay was in view from the garden, and from the hall could be seen Killiney Bay, with the Wicklow mountains in the background. Shaw delighted especially in the skies, which he declared unequalled for beauty even in Italy: ‘and I always look at the sky’, he added.1 Perhaps their memory is recalled in the ‘great breadths of silken green in the Irish sky’ which are called for in the stage setting of John Bull’s Other Island.


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