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Galway Express 12th February 1916

Arrest of Mr. Claude A. Chevasse

Mr Claude A. Chevasse (1886-1971), of Oxford, well known in Irish language circles, has been arrested by the police in Ballingeary and taken to Macroom. The news of the arrest came as a shock to his numerous friends in Galway. Mr Chevasse has been frequently in this county, and was a regular attendant at St. Nicholas’s Church when visiting this city. His picturesque Irish costume always attracted attention, and he delivered a series of lectures on the Irish language in almost all the National Schools in the county. Mr Claude Chevasse is a cousin of Major Henry Chevasse, Whitfield Court, a gentleman who has served with distinction in the present war and also in South Africa.

It is stated that the cause of the arrest was that he [Claude] declined to speaking English when questioned by the police. Mr Chevasse is an M.A. of Oxford University. At Macroom Petty Sessions…Claud Chevasse…was charged under the Defence of the Realm Act with refusing to answer questions reasonably. The majority of the Bench decided to impose a fine of £4 and £1 costs. Mr Power (for accused) said his client would not pay the fine, and he asked to have an alternative named. The alternative of one moth without hard labour was arranged. The accused was offered a week to pay the fine in case an appeal was not proceeded with.

We are delighted to have a full-length portrait of Claude by the artist Pádraic Woods (1893-1991) wearing his traditional Irish costume. It was presented by the Friends of The National Collections.

Claude Chavasse 1886-1971

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