A rare indoor shot from Dr. Clarke for this one, with two National Library Staff (please note that there are no women) concentrating on their work! I'm not too sure what we can find out about it, but It does show how little has changed in the Reading Room in the interim.
To all those who extended kind wishes for my recent surgery I would like to say they were much appreciated! I now have a new knee to keep me occupied and am making progress day by day. Thank you all!
As Carol Maddock
point out, it is longstanding lore in Library Towers that this image captures Seán T. O'Kelly
. One-time Library Towers employee (1898-1902), and later President of Ireland (1945-1959). While this story/theory has not been corroberated by today's inputs, it equally hasn't been discounted.
Photographers: J. J. Clarke
Collection: Clarke Photographic Collection
Date: Catalogue range c.1897-1904?
NLI Ref: CLAR71
You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie
Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
A few suspects from 1911. There are fewer in 1901 claiming the NLI specifically, A roundup of 1901 suspects. Some more of them.
Libraryview I see that the notes in the catalogue wonder if that is Sean T. O'Kelly. Glad you're feeling better!
Congratulation for your beautiful Album.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet That's always been the word on the street here at Library Towers! Would be great to prove/disprove that it's Seán T. O'Kelly, one way or the other...
It might be Mary's Da!!
The same John Kelly in the 1901 census, aged 18, Library Assistant. (Later the 2nd president of ireland from 1945).
Ooo! The bentwood hatstand (beyond the boy) has moved . . . goo.gl/maps/GQAi5BzmXFB2 (and the glove is still unclaimed!)
Good to have you back Mary, I hope that knee bends to your wishes.
Mr Kelly parted his hair on the right, [ed] and had a mole near his left nostril - see his wikipedia photo - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Se%C3%A1n_T._O%27Kelly "... O'Kelly joined the National Library of Ireland in 1898 as a junior assistant to T. W. Lyster, remaining there until 1902, and becoming a subscriber to the Celtic Literary Society. ..." More information kneeded !
Although it must be nearly 30 years since I was last in the Reading Room, accompanying my late mother on her genealogy research visits, I recognised it immediately.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] The "mole" is gone by 1954 - I think it may be a blemish on the photo rather than Mr. O'Kelly. That image also says 1909, but it looks older than 26 to me.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] sticky bun for you sir.
card catalogues are the way to go. no computers.
There is supposedly a "Photograph of Sean T. O Ceallaigh as a boy c. 1900" in the Sean T. O Ceallaigh Papers.(MS 27,672). Which would be about this time period.
It's hard to tell when most Sean T photos are decades later, but I'd say NLI lore, ear, nose and chin, all suggest that it is Sean T.
Sean T. was very small, he must be sitting on a high stool here.