Eva Gore Booth and Esther Roper

Eva Gore Booth was a poet, suffragist and trade unionist. She met her partner Esther Roper while travelling in Italy in 1896. Together with like minded comrades, Gore Booth and Roper edited a privately-circulated journal titled Urania from 1916. The journal celebrated gender and sexual diversity. The couple were buried together in the same plot in London with a line from the Greek poet Sappho engraved on their tombstone.

Illustration: Lissadell Collection

Peter Doyle and Walt Whitman

Peter Doyle was born in Limerick city in June 1843. He emigrated to the United States with his family in 1852. After fighting with the pro-slavery Confederate Army in the American Civil War, Doyle worked as a horsecar conductor in Washington DC. In 1865, he met the poet Walt Whitman, with whom he had a long-lasting relationship.

Photo courtsey of Public Domain, William R. Perkins Library, Duke University