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This interesting shot from the Keogh Collection shows a group of men gathered around a car at an election rally. The man on the ground has a fine set of "mutton chop" sideburns. The candidate has a hat that has been crushed many a time and has taken on a shape all its own. Who, where and when?

Rory_Sherlock was first to suggest (and we have many strong reasons to accept it) that this image was taken at the courthouse in Ennis, County Clare. Perhaps around the same time (1917) as a similar Keogh Brother's image of De Valera on the steps of the court house - as part of his successful by-election bid that summer. We don't have the who/where/when trifecta however - as we're none-the-wiser as to who the central figures are here....

Photographer: Brendan Keogh

Collection: Keogh Photographic Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1920s. Perhaps c.1917 (see comments)

NLI Ref: Ke 144

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    • 02/Apr/2019 08:19:18

    It may have been taken outside the courthouse in Ennis, with the houses of Steele's Terrace on the Gort Road in the background: www.google.ie/maps/@52.8479719,-8.9806017,3a,26.1y,341.94... We know Keogh was at a political meeting at Ennis courthouse, so perhaps this was taken on the same day: catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000030981

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    • 02/Apr/2019 08:34:51

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Good call! Perhaps July 1917 like this one (see comments)? - https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/10570624475/

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    John A. Coffey

    • 02/Apr/2019 10:18:44

    "Hatman" looks like Spike Milligan.

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    • 02/Apr/2019 13:15:54

    Window details confirm Ennis courthouse.

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    • 02/Apr/2019 22:08:16

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

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    • 03/Apr/2019 09:45:18

    everyone seems pleased to his visit apart from the man his gives the wet fish, he looks definitely uncertain or unimpressed

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 03/Apr/2019 21:55:03

    Thanks all. I've updated the map, date and tags. I had considered adding a short note that perhaps one of the older men pictured (Mutton Chops or Spike Milligan) could have been De Valera's opponent: local clare IPP candidate Patrick Lynch. However, Lynch would only have been in his early 50s. And those two gents look a little longer in the tooth than that....

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Oct/2022 13:33:50

    There is a tiny pic here of Patrick Lynch, does not look like this gentleman.