Updated: 12/02/13 : 06:26:33
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Noted relation of historic figures dies in Sligo

THE NOTED grandson and nephew of two of the most famous figures in modern Irish history has died in Sligo.

The Irish revolutionary Maud Gonne was grandmother of Ian Stuart, who died last weekend in his 87th year.

He was a nephew of the Lenin Prize and Nobel Peace Prize winner, the late Sean MacBride.

A sculptor, the late Mr Stuart lived in Laragh in Co Wicklow, a picturesque village once labelled ''the Irish Camelot.'' He is survived by his wife Anna and five daughters.

The late Mr Stuart will be interred on Thursday in Glendalough Graveyard Co Wicklow after noon Mass in St Kevin's Church, Laragh, where he resided.

He went to Germany in 1948 to study sculpture under Otto Hitzberger, an expressionist.

There he met his first wife Imogen Stuart, still alive, whose later commissions included Mary Robinson while she was President of Ireland.

The photographic work of two of Mr Stuart's daughters, Laragh and Suki, is especially widely known, as it features in best selling cookery books by TV star Rachel Allen.

Death notices this week state Mr Stuart died in Sligo and records that his father was the noted Irish writer, Francis Stuart, who died 13 years ago and that his mother was Iseult Gonne, who died 59 years ago.

Also Infatuated

Their marriage, which took place after an elopement, was the subject of a 1936 poem ''Why Should Not Old Men Be Mad'' by WB Yeats, who had proposed to Iseult when she was 30 years his junior.

Yeats, of course, was also deeply infatuated with Iseult's mother, Maud Gonne -- as most humorously depicted by the drawings of Sligo-based author and illustrator Annie West.

Interestingly, the will of Maud Gonne did not recognise her daughter Iseult, who, even in her lifetime, was sometimes, especially in Ireland, introduced as a niece rather than a daughter.