Wedding of Jack Heaslip and Eilish Long: commissioned by Mr. John Heaslip, c/o Miss Nellie Long, Ballyhale, Co.Kilkenny

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Where: Waterford, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1952

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A Poole shot with a difference, a "modern" wedding taken in the '50s and so very different to those earlier images we have become used to. The names are readily available so this may not facilitate the Treasure Hunt that past images have. Nonetheless, it is nice to see such a handsome group on their big day!

With thanks to today's contributors, apart from a lovely day out, we've achieved the trifecta of date, subject and location on this one. An extract from the Munster Express in mid-September 1952 confirms that this was the wedding of John (Jack) Heaslip (son of Nurse Heasilp and the late Mr. D Heaslip of Knocktopher, to Alice (Eilish) Long (daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phil Long of Ballyhale). The best man was Timothy Heaslip and bridesmaid was Alice's sister, Nurse Nellie Long. The photo was almost certainly taken on the steps of the Imperial Hotel, Waterford.


Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: Catalogue range c.1952. Likely c.September 1952.

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 4649

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 07/Nov/2017 08:51:38

    Three priests - is that usual ?

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    derangedlemur

    • 07/Nov/2017 08:54:18

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Rectors and curates, more likely. Heaslips generally are COI. There was a Jack Heaslip who was the curate in Malahide for a while, but he'd have been a generation later than this. Coincidentally, he was followed by a Mr Long (I can't remember his christian name). Edit: Kingsley Long - that was his name.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 07/Nov/2017 09:05:19

    There is also a studio shot of the central four, if that is any help - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000595315

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    derangedlemur

    • 07/Nov/2017 09:20:06

    Mind you, in 1911, all the Kilkenny Longs and the only two Kilkenny Heaslips were RC, so maybe they're priests after all.

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    John Spooner

    • 07/Nov/2017 09:38:48

    Narrowing the date very slightly, familysearch.org shows Jack John Heaslip marrying Eilis Long in the 4th quarter of 1952 in Thomastown registration district.

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    Ger Cos

    • 07/Nov/2017 09:55:29

    And move to Ennis, in county Clare, where they opened business on O'Connell Street, the business is still there under the same family.

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    John A. Coffey

    • 07/Nov/2017 10:32:38

    Ballyhale and not a hurl in sight.

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    derangedlemur

    • 07/Nov/2017 10:48:13

    Another possible hint at religion is the presence of what looks like Pioneer shields on the groom and an associate.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 07/Nov/2017 11:12:13

    Are they on the steps of the Imperial Hotel, Waterford? Near Mr Poole's studio. See the distinctive doorbells and railing - https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/28088890641/

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    Bernard Healy

    • 07/Nov/2017 12:03:11

    This seems to be Jack Heaslip in his shop in Ennis in 2006. And he (or a son?) seems to be mentioned in this 2016 newspaper article. But 66 O’Connell Street is to remain John’s permanent address. Therefore he and Jack Heaslip will continue to be the only people to live on their premises in the town’s main street. His wife Eilish (RIP) died during or before 2012 as Mass is offered for her in Ennis Cathedral in 2012. It seems quite likely that the couple would be well known in Ennis and that it shouldn't be too hard to find someone who could identify the people in the photo.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 07/Nov/2017 12:14:36

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Yup! That's definitely a Pioneer Pin that the groom is wearing.

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    derangedlemur

    • 07/Nov/2017 16:37:40

    www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy/ I guess that makes them definitively of your parish. We'll leave you to dig all the details out of the archives.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 07/Nov/2017 17:53:34

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Parish records post-1900 or so aren’t online or publicly available so I doubt there’s much more out there for me to find online.

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    guliolopez

    • 07/Nov/2017 23:36:08

    I found a "local news" note in the Munster Express of Friday 19 September 1952. (Below a note on a nun's golden jubilee and a gymkhana [unrelated], and above a note on a divisional junior football semi-final). It lists a chunk of the wedding party. Including the four figures in Beechcomber's studio shot. It reads:

    Wedding Bells - The congratulations of their many friends will be extended to Mr. John Heaslip, son of Nurse Heasilp and the late Mr. D Heaslip, Knocktopher, and Miss Alice Long, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phil Long, Ballyhale, on their marriage, which was solemnised recently. Best man was Mr. Timothy Heaslip, and the bride had as attendant her sister, Nurse Nellie Long, England. Both parties are well-known and esteemed in Ballyhale parish. The bride-groom is travelling salesman for the firm of Donnelly's, Dublin. - Munster Express - Fri 19 September 1952
    www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/38197428356/

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Nov/2017 00:24:32

    Excellent - Thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]. Coupled with https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia's confirmation on the location, that would seem to be game/set/match on date/location/subject! Description, map and date all updated.

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    philfluther

    • 08/Nov/2017 11:31:51

    Bully, bulling. Miraculous Medal, reflection color.