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Where: Dublin, Ireland

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When: 09 May 1909

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The title on this image is so detailed as to render research virtually unnecessary: "Bust of James Clarence Mangan, Stephen's Green, Dublin : Unveiled in Stephen's Green in 1909 May 3rd, by Dr. George Sigerson" says it all - or does it? There are some great ladies hats on view, the only knowledge I have of Sigerson is the competition among the colleges for the Sigerson Cup. So perhaps there is still something to be learned?

With thanks in particular to BeachcomberAustralia today (who was perhaps too awed by the poetic company to deign a ditty himself), we have solid suggestions on some of the dignitaries visible here. In addition to Sigerson (whose very speech bechcomber replicates for us below), there's a strong suggestion that the crown includes TD Sullivan, J Gwynn and at least a few relatives of the bust's subject - poet James Clarence Mangan....

Photographers: Various

Collection: Irish Political Figures Photographic Collection

Date: 3 May 1909


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    • 24/Sep/2018 07:49:42

    3 May 1909 was a Monday ...

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    domenico milella

    • 24/Sep/2018 07:56:25

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album.

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    • 24/Sep/2018 08:00:46

    Flickr is sometimes amazing! In 2013 via

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    • 24/Sep/2018 08:08:17

    Oh dear! This article thinks it was May 22nd, a Saturday. Read All About It ! ... Here is what Dr Sigerson said (while this photo was taken!) - ""In the name of the National Literary Society of Ireland, I now unveil and confide to the custody of the Commissioners and to the care of the public this memorial of Clarence Mangan. Against the dark background of his life he raised a fabric of fair poetry, which shines bright as 'apples of gold amid foliage of silver'— the admiration of other lands, the glory of his country. In gratitude for his genius, in memory of his patriotism, in evidenoe that our generation is not forgetful of benefactors, and in the hope of inspiration to future times, we erect this monument. Here, in the city of his birth, in the land of his love, we erect it, bearing its beautiful symbol of our Ideal Erinn, whose desire and whose honour abide in the noble affection of an undivided nation. Thus, finally, do we faithfully carry out the injunction of 'The Preacher* of old: 'And now let us give praise to men of renown, our fathers in their generations.' " (Applause).

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Sep/2018 08:22:29

    Here is the bould Sigerson himself in the 1911 census, a Physician and Professor National University, and at wikipedia, which confirms that the 3rd level GAA Sigerson Cup is named is his honour, what with him having paid for the trophy.

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    • 24/Sep/2018 09:02:05

    Via Trove, a contemporary description of Mangan from his first-cousin-once-removed (who is probably in this photo) -

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    • 24/Sep/2018 09:16:41

    Another description has a few more names, including T. D. Sullivan who was asked to speak. I think that is him seated second from left (see note).

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    • 24/Sep/2018 09:16:52

    Another interesting point is that the white marble sculpture under Mangan is of Roisín Dubh by Willie Pearse (brother of Padraig)

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    • 24/Sep/2018 09:24:00

    And "Professor Gwynn, T.C.D" - (see note)

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    • 24/Sep/2018 09:33:42

    Can anyone recognise "Miss Sara Allgood" who recited the poem 'The Nameless One'*, from her wiki photo? She was nominated for an Academy Award (Hollywood) in 1941 - * - 'The Nameless One' on YouTube - - text -

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    • 24/Sep/2018 11:04:02

    Smashing picture. Looking to getting back to Dublin again as soon as I can walk properly.

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    • 24/Sep/2018 22:24:56

    After lots of loitering around St Stephens Green, I eventually found the memorial. Those annoying ankle-biting railings are still there! Streetview -

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 25/Sep/2018 23:04:13

    Thanks With apologies for not acknowledging your intrepid investigations yesterday, I've since updated the map, tags and description - all almost entirely based on your inputs. Míle buíochas!