The O'Rahilly

Download this image

More from this collection

Related by Where

Research Help!

Where: Dublin, Ireland

Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.

When: 01 January 1913

Try to find the date or year when this image was made.
The O'Rahilly! The name for a generation of Irish children generated images of a dashing, courageous and heroic figure cut down in his prime as he fought in 1916. Beyond that few knew any more about him and for many this would be the first time they actually saw a photograph of him, It would be interesting to read more about him?

As the contributors on this image point-out, this is unequivocally an image of Michael Joseph O'Rahilly (1875–1916), seemingly captured of him in the uniform of the Irish Volunteers. Attributed to the Lafayette Studio in Dublin (who either took the original image or made a copy), the general consensus is that this photograph was perhaps taken during or after 1913 (formation of the Irish Volunteers) and certainly before April 1916 (death during Easter Rising).....


Photographer: Lafayette Ltd, photographers

Collection: Irish Political Figures Photographic Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1900-1916. Probably after c.1913 (formation of Irish Volunteers). Certainly before 1916 (death)

NLI Ref: NPA POLF231

You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie

Info:

Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
Views: 15599
irishpoliticalfiguresphotographiccollection nationallibraryofireland politicalfigured ireland theorahilly 1916 leader moorelane michaeljosephorahilly mícheálseosamhórathaille mícheálseosamhuarathghaille anrathailleach óglaighnahéireann politicalfigures orahilly itwasagoodfightanyhow goodbyedarling humphreys lafayettestudio

Add Tags
  • profile

    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Jan/2018 08:40:36

    POINT OF INFORMATION On Wednesday 31st January 2018 the NLI Flickr Photostream with all the research and information gathered will be archived. The Irish Web has been archived by the NLI over the past several years and this has led to the archiving of the photostream. Carol has been linking the information gathered on each shot to the catalogue and now the archiving will ensure that it is preserved for future reference for those who may wish to research!

  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Jan/2018 09:01:31

    Wikipedia on The O'Rahilly. Datewise, this must surely be after the formation of the Volunteers in 1913.

  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Jan/2018 09:07:41

    Streetview of the plaque marking his place of birth.

  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Jan/2018 09:21:53

    We have visited Ballylongford before: Ballylongford, Co. Kerry

  • profile

    Inverarra

    • 30/Jan/2018 09:46:11

    One of the truly heroic figures from those times. Thanks for the photo. Hadn’t seen it before.

  • profile

    domenico milella

    • 30/Jan/2018 09:47:03

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album.

  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Jan/2018 09:50:57

    There is another (worse) copy of this in the archive, on which the notes say: Inscription on verso reads "A. O'Rahilly / 54 Northumberland Road".

  • profile

    Carol Maddock

    • 30/Jan/2018 09:58:01

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Intrigued by the address, as I always thought he lived in Herbert Park around 1913-ish onwards. That seems to be the case. According to this Humphreys family page, 54 Northumberland Road was the Humphreys home...

  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Jan/2018 09:59:30

    The O'Rahilly was not at home in 54 Northumberland Road for the 1911 census, but there is one Aine Ní Rathghaille, 32. My money says that is his sister Anno, hence the A. O'Rahilly on the verso.

  • profile

    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 30/Jan/2018 10:02:44

    Flickr is sometimes amazingly oval - via https://www.flickr.com/photos/merrionstreet-ie/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/merrionstreet-ie/25844003310/

  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Jan/2018 10:11:09

    Per the humphrysfamilytree page, O'Rahilly sold up in Ballylongford in 1898, married and living in New York in 1899, and returned in 1902, missing the 1901 census. In 1911: Micheál ua Rathghaille, 35, is living in Herbert park Road, which agrees with the humphrys page again.

  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Jan/2018 10:15:25

    Streetview of 40 Herbert Park, which was new when they moved here in August 1910.

  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Jan/2018 10:25:20

    He died in 1916 in what was then Sackville Lane (on the 25"), which was renamed O'Rahilly Parade in his honour (Streetview.) That plaque reproduces the note he wrote while dying.

  • profile

    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 30/Jan/2018 11:30:22

    dashing fellow. And I've learned something new

  • profile

    Domhnallcos

    • 30/Jan/2018 18:42:00

    Like many in the Gaelic revival of the time, O'Rahilly had an interest in the old clan structure, going so far as to make himself the O'Rahilly clan head, hence the prefix 'The'. This was mocked by some as a little pretentious, but Yeats in his poem, 'The O'Rahilly' defended his right to it: SING of the O'Rahilly, Do not deny his right; Sing a 'the' before his name; Allow that he, despite All those learned historians, Established it for good; He wrote out that word himself, He christened himself with blood. How goes the weather?

  • profile

    guliolopez

    • 30/Jan/2018 22:53:20

    The catalogue entry attributes this image to "Lafayette Ltd., photographers". Lafayette was one of the oldest studios in Dublin. Based primarily from Westmoreland Street. If the image was taken by Lafayette, then it would likely have been captured in that studio. Otherwise, as we've seen before (especially with the Keogh Brothers collection), it could equally be a copy made and published by Lafayette after the fact.

  • profile

    sam2cents

    • 31/Jan/2018 00:25:14

    In some ways he was (arguably) the most interesting person who took part in the Rising, although there were a lot of very interesting people involved. By the way, is that the same Lafayette who take the college graduation photos?

  • profile

    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 31/Jan/2018 00:38:20

    His sister was in prison in 1916. See the column to the left of the "Hear The New Edison" advert. chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn90059959/1916-06-03/ed-...

  • profile

    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 01/Feb/2018 00:13:55

    Thanks all. With apologies for the delayed update, I've updated the description and date. And, given the attribution, mapped it to the Lafayette Studio on Westmoreland Street. Thanks again!

  • profile

    Dr. Ilia

    • 01/Feb/2018 09:00:05

    Wonderful capture