This is an intriguing little one! We've been at Gracedieu
in Co. Waterford before (or Gracediew, as it's sometimes spelled), but never accompanied by an armed guard. The Irish Civil War was "over" for nearly 4 months before this photo was taken, so why the need for Free State soldiers?
P.S. A Mr Kierney ordered/paid for this photograph.
Photographer: Poole Photographic Studios
Date: Thursday, 27 September 1923
NLI Ref: POOLEWP 3123
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons