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Where: Clare, Ireland

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When: 11 July 1917

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Éamon de Valera in full flight on the steps of Ennis Court House, Co. Clare. Wanted to find out if this was in 1923 (rather than any other year in which the Long Fellow might have been electioneering), and also that he was arrested shortly after this speech. Thanks very much to DannyM8 for proving fairly conclusively that this photo was taken circa Wednesday, 11 July 1917!

As usual, any and all information about this photograph will be welcomed with open arms!

Photographer: Keogh Brothers

Date: c.Wednesday, 11 July 1917

NLI Ref.: Ke 132

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 30/Oct/2013 08:49:10

    GoogleMapsStreetView - goo.gl/maps/gQcgN

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    DannyM8

    • 30/Oct/2013 08:49:32

    www.britishpathe.com/video/de-valera-ireland-arrested A video of him being arrested.

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    DannyM8

    • 30/Oct/2013 08:51:32

    De Valera was arrested on 15 August 1923, under the Public Safety Act, as he was about to make a speech at Ennis and was imprisoned until July 1924. Despite this, Clare elected de Valera top of the poll in the general election on 27 August 1923. Eamonn de Valera continued to represent Clare for the rest of his active political career. Does not like "Before"?? clarelibrary.blogspot.ie/2010/07/eamonn-de-valera-arreste...

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    Flame1958

    • 30/Oct/2013 08:55:21

    Wonderfull image, the expression on the face of the priest, the guy over Dev's shoulder, so much in this shot

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    DannyM8

    • 30/Oct/2013 08:57:06

    NOT 15th August? “From the early hours things were astir and it was evident that the meeting would be of immense proportions. Large contingents from districts with bands and flags arrived by motor car and foot prior to and during the progress of the meeting,” reported the Clare Champion. “At 2pm the dimensions of the crowd had swelled to an enormous extent and punctually on the stroke of 2pm, de Valera arrived. He was dressed in a black overcoat and plain dark suit. He wore a black hat, a white flanned collar and a brown tie. www.irishidentity.com/extras/patriots/stories/devarrest.htm

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    DannyM8

    • 30/Oct/2013 08:59:11

    “The soldiers are coming,” went the shouted warning to Dev as the soldiers moved in. “Armed with rifles and bayonets fixed, the soldiers surrounded the platform. They were accompanied by an armoured car on which a Lewis gun was mounted.” reported the Champion. “Do you want me,” said Dev to the officer in charge. “I do,” replied the officer. “I want to take you prisoner,” he added. “Very well. I am ready but have consideration for the people,” said Dev. “They are coming for me,” Dev then told the crowd. “It will be alright. I am going with them but I am glad it was in Clare that I was taken,” he added. www.irishidentity.com/extras/patriots/stories/devarrest.htm

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    DannyM8

    • 30/Oct/2013 09:06:59

    Could be Tuesday 10th July 1917 or soon thereafter. EDIT - The telegram seems to be dated 11th July. www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/claremuseum/news_events/1917_ri... Polling took place on Tuesday, 10th July and de Valera was elected by a majority of 2,975 votes. De Valera informed his wife of his victory by simply sending her a telegram with votes for each candidate written upon it. Afterwards, de Valera appeared on the steps of the Courthouse in Ennis wearing his Volunteers uniform accompanied by Countess Markievicz, Count Plunkett MP, and Sinn Fein Leader Arthur Griffith. For De Valera, it was the start of a long political career representing County Clare which continued until 1959 when he went on to serve two consecutive terms as President of Ireland. Image of the telegram here - www.clareherald.com/2009/11/de-valera-victory-telegram-pu...

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    DannyM8

    • 30/Oct/2013 09:17:31

    maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V1,533936,677992,7,9 Courthouse was an unlikely place for a rally - to constrained

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    DannyM8

    • 30/Oct/2013 09:21:17

    irishvolunteers.org/pages/irish-volunteers-photo-gallery/... See photo here - I am sure this is 1917 not 1923 [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/10570986605/]

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    DannyM8

    • 30/Oct/2013 09:45:15

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/10571234416/ Confirms 1917

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Oct/2013 09:46:31

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Looks like 10?? July 1917 alright, thanks very much! Bonging the "Date Established" tag bell in vigorous manner... :)

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    DannyM8

    • 30/Oct/2013 10:20:11

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland 11th Most likely

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Oct/2013 10:38:25

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Grand. We'll go with Circa Wednesday, 11 July 1917 then, just to cover all the bases.

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    Swordscookie

    • 30/Oct/2013 10:45:28

    Brilliant one Carol, the long fella looks good standing there with the RIC man just four people away from him. What I think is great is the big ear just to the right of the RIC mans ear - both listening carefully to every word:-))) Well done Danny, great search and identification even if there wasn't a dog within earshot!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Oct/2013 10:56:54

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie There will be dogs tomorrow to reward http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]!

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    DannyM8

    • 30/Oct/2013 11:28:11

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland DOGS (like plural?)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Oct/2013 11:58:49

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Plural dogs!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Oct/2013 13:01:05

    Call to Arms, Flickroonies! There's a photo of Scotch Street in Armagh over on NIrelandeye's photostream. He has circa 1880 as a date for it, but wants to be as accurate as possible. Can you help him out?

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    Sean Barden

    • 30/Oct/2013 17:31:46

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Thanks Carol

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    ronaldperkins463

    • 31/Oct/2013 19:08:36

    looks like benny hill LOL great photo though

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    Inverarra

    • 01/Nov/2013 16:08:53

    Great post. Better than any episode of "Hercule Poirot" or Miss Marple". Well done

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 16/Sep/2016 10:51:32

    Who took the photo ? Was it the lady in the pale hat at the left of the group on the steps seen above, which is a cropped version of this - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000030981 and megazoomable. And is she the Countess Markievicz ?