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Where: Dublin, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1923

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It is quite a while since we posted a Hogan-Wilson photo so this is a good way to start the day! The catalogue caption on this image is "The Governor General entertaining guests Sir John and Lady Simon" so we have the task of establishing who was the Governor General and Sir John and Lady Simon!

The quick answer is that the Governor General was Timothy Michael Healy, first governor general of the Irish Free State, and first post-independence resident of the Viceregal Lodge (now Áras an Uachtaráin). His guests are slavery abolitionist Kathleen Simon, Viscountess Simon and her husband John Simon, Viscount Simon. We may never know who is lurking behind, but it could well be Healy's wife, Eliza Sullivan...

Photographer: W. D. Hogan

Collection: Hogan Wilson Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1922. Likely September 1923

NLI Ref.: HOG191

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    • 15/Oct/2018 08:18:45

    The Governor General was Tim Healy, who at least officially entered office on 6th December 1922. Sir John Simon was an English politician, whereas Lady Simon was a slavery abolitionist.

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 15/Oct/2018 09:00:09

    Fantastic shot

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    • 15/Oct/2018 09:10:37

    They seem to be checking the time of the sundial with their fob watches. Perhaps the sundial is new? O tempora O mores!

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    abandoned railways

    • 15/Oct/2018 09:55:13 Picture from 1910, with sundial in centre.

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    Longford Library, Heritage & Archives

    • 16/Oct/2018 09:49:03

    The Simons were regular visitors to Ireland it seems, especially around August/September. They seem to have been friends of Tim Healy's, and met with them in Dublin on a number of occasions, certainly in 1923 and 1926. 1923: Sept 1923 with photo:

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    • 16/Oct/2018 22:58:03 Perhaps they are noticing that the sundial is registering the "Dublin" time !!

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    • 17/Oct/2018 06:53:10

    [] Oddly enough, Tim Healy was involved with the Time (Ireland) Bill of 1916 !! - "... T. M. Healy opposed the second reading on the basis that "while the Daylight Saving Bill added to the length of your daylight, this Bill adds to the length of your darkness".[12] ... " From -

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 17/Oct/2018 16:49:18

    Thanks all! I updated the map, tags and date the other day. But completely omitted to round-out the description with the additional learnings. I've corrected that oversight since :)

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    Carol Maddock

    • 07/Dec/2018 13:55:02

    We can narrow date to ca. 10 September 1923! From Belfast Newsletter on Monday, 10 September 1923:

    MR. T. M. HEALY'S GUESTS. Sir John and Lady Simon have arrived at the Viceregal Lodge, Phoenix Park, Dublin, as the guests of Mr. T. M. Healy, Governor-General of the Irish Free State.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Dec/2018 23:53:37

    Ooh. Thanks Duly updated :)