Cumann na nGaedhael Committee Rooms : commissioned by Henry D. Keane Esq., Solicitor, O'Connell Street, Waterford

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Where: Waterford, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1932

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A photograph from the Poole collection which denotes Waterford, but with streams of posters to provide further information. If memory serves, Cumann na nGaedhael changed their name following the election around the time of this image.

With thanks to today's contributors, we have confirmation that this building (now gone) stood on Manor Street in Waterford. The posters visible demonstrate the divisive post-Civil War politics and the lead-up to the 1932 general election - which saw WT Cosgrave's Cumann na nGaedhael party defeated and the first Fianna Fáil government of the relatively young state...

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: c.15 February 1932


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    Niall McAuley

    • 11/May/2016 07:40:59

    Manor Street, the office is centred on this GeoHive OSI 25" map. Manor street school next door burned down, see this related archive shot Completely redeveloped now, see Streetview In last week's episode: February 11, 1932

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    • 11/May/2016 09:25:41

    The car, best guess, is a Ford model A.

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    • 11/May/2016 09:40:24

    A couple of the posters are available in the NLI: A Hot Record [] Fianna Fail's Game Shadow of the Gunman [] We want no reds here [] Our New Half Sovereign His Master's Voice

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    O Mac

    • 11/May/2016 10:42:16

    It was said that Cumman na nGaedheal were a party "who one wished would be open to ideas, until one saw the kind of ideas they were open to". doubt a reference to the colour of some of their shirts. The 1932 general election was held the day after this photograph was taken with Fianna Fail taking 72 seats to Cumman na nGaedheal's 57.,_1932

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    • 11/May/2016 12:59:27

    The building was originally the home of Bishop John Power and was later used as a constabulary barracks and also used for a while by the newly formed Civic Guard after 1922. The Manor school, next door on the left, burnt down on the 11th February 1932.

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    • 11/May/2016 13:51:03

    Great detail. A bit of a breeze blowing on the day, judging by the street banner. Thanks again for another great photo.

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    O Mac

    • 11/May/2016 14:05:42[email protected] I see a plaque on the wall between the two lower right hand windows MOST Rev PROCTOR JOHN POWER 1764-1918 LIVED IN THIS HOUSE Considering the animosity between the two political parties it's rather ironic to see the words "DANGER HIGH TENSION" carved into the ESB pole.

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    Omri Suissa

    • 11/May/2016 17:45:05

    :-)) great

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 11/May/2016 22:38:27

    Brilliant - thanks all. In honesty we'd forgotten that we'd posted a similar image from Manor Street previously. The men at the door (and the plaque that[email protected] highlights) add additional context however.

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    • 12/May/2016 13:58:35 Definitely a Model A or possibly a Model AF (special smaller-engined version for markets with displacement-based car taxes).