Baby McCullagh

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Where: Waterford, Ireland

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When: 06 October 1904

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This is Baby McCullagh, Abbey House, Ferrybank, Co. Waterford, and what a lovely portrait it is. I am looking forward to hearing more about this young girl and her family.

Sharon.corbet in particular today was quick to let us know that the child pictured was very likely 1 or 2 year-old Irene Kathleen McCullagh. Irene was the daughter of Henrietta Jane McCullagh and John Charles McCullagh - who had a coal importers and ironmongers business. While Irene passed away in 1989, we love how this Poole image is something of time-capsule (and the stuffed dog - we're intrigued by the seemingly stuffed dog too :) )....


Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: c.6 October 1904

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 1391

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    sharon.corbet

    • 28/Jun/2016 06:09:04

    Here are the McCullaghs in the 1911 Census, making this Irene Kathleen, who was born ca. 1902/1903, as she's 8 in 1911.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 28/Jun/2016 06:09:47

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Excellent

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    DannyM8

    • 28/Jun/2016 06:27:00

    The black dog looks lifeless to me!

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    sharon.corbet

    • 28/Jun/2016 06:28:12

    OSI Map showing Abbey House.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 28/Jun/2016 06:34:46

    There's some info on the family on page 97 of this 1995 journal about the graves in Kilculliheen, including that of Irene and her mother. The father was a coal merchant moving to Waterford in 1904. Grace's Guide gives a snapshot of the McCullagh business in 1914.

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    domenico milella

    • 28/Jun/2016 08:19:09

    Nice shot.Wonderful.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Jun/2016 09:48:04

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] So Irene lived to be 86, and is buried just over the wall from the house she lived in at the time of this photo! (She did not live there her whole life, though, as the info you link says she and her mother lived at Grange Park. )

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    Inverarra

    • 28/Jun/2016 10:06:26

    Aaaaaahhhhhh

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    sharon.corbet

    • 28/Jun/2016 10:58:44

    Now that the catalogue is working again, some more photos of Irene for people to "awww" over :-)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Jun/2016 11:38:27

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] He's shuffled off his mortal coil!

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 28/Jun/2016 11:39:23

    The pony / horsey / carty toy thingy features in a few more of Mr Poole's kiddywinky photos - catalogue.nli.ie/Search/Results?lookfor=pony+toy&type...

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    La Belle Province

    • 28/Jun/2016 12:50:51

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia That pony trap certainly got a workout. Sorry about the dog, Danny!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 28/Jun/2016 23:27:32

    Thanks everyone - and https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] especially - have tried to summarise the key points in the description. I've mapped this to the same spot as many of the other Poole Studio shots (rather than the family home in Abbeylands...)

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    guliolopez

    • 29/Jun/2016 00:11:37

    Here's the obituary for Henrietta Jane McCullagh, mentioning Irene and her father John Charles and siblings (Munster Express 30 September 1949): www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/27968997325/ I also had a look for mentions of Irene McCullagh in south and south-eastern newspapers - and there are a number in "sporting notes" sections. Whether it is "our" Irene or not I cannot be certain, but there are several mentions of an Irene McCullagh who represented the south-east in tennis and hockey. While not 100% certain that this is the same person, the dates and age would seem about right. If it is, she reached a number of regional tennis finals, and was an established hockey player - travelling to the US with the ladies hockey team (Cork Examiner 4 November 1925): www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/27934884226/ Almost definitely the same Irene McCullagh however is the reference below. Some ruffian stole Irene's bike pump and lamp while at a Red Cross meeting (Munster Express 28 March 1941): www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/27934889536/

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/Jun/2016 12:13:10

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] There's a reference in Hockey Field and Lacrosse, Including Net-ball, Volume 12 (snippet view only unfortunately) which refers to the recent death of Mr. McCullagh, father of Irene and Doris in 1932. (Which would match with the above.) Apparently she was the Irish goalkeeper, and later when the family moved to Rye, was chosen to play for the South of England.

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    guliolopez

    • 29/Jun/2016 22:47:48

    Brilliant - thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] for that apparent confirmation. Much appreciated.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 17/May/2019 10:02:11

    Here is the birth record for Irene Kathleen, from which we learn she was born on 19th November 1902 at Richmond Terrace, Wexford. Father John Charles was a merchant, mother Henrietta was née Thompson. Here they are getting married on 4 June 1901 at the Methodist Church in Rathmines, Dublin.

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    el_papou

    • 13/May/2022 21:37:41

    Superbe...!