"Intelligence" photograph from 1921

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Where: Unknown

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When: 01 January 1921

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This is a very unusual image and clearly one that was used to identify police and military figures for future reference. A line of people stand in honour of a funeral or some form of remembrance. And while the photographer, perhaps unintentionally, captures their image it is later used to identify them. Who might have been privy to such information and why might it have been used?

Photographers: Various

Collection: Irish Political Figures Photographic Collection

Date: 1921


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    • 24/Apr/2019 08:41:12

    Looks like it might have been taken at Dublin Castle or at an army barracks in Dublin. It identifies a few detectives from 'G Division' of the Dublin Metropolitan Police and other military figures, so it was probably used by IRA Intelligence, perhaps under the direction of Michael Collins.

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    steady deer

    • 24/Apr/2019 08:44:26

    #4 Col Johnstone en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Edgeworth-Johnstone

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Apr/2019 11:31:26

    The yard at Dublin Castle: Streetview.

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    • 24/Apr/2019 17:11:32

    Here is some info on Cas[s]maker, the Auxiliary.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 28/Apr/2019 19:36:07

    NOTE: A number of comments, not really related to the image and not all reflective of the spirit/vision for this project, have been removed. Apologies if anyone's intervening comments have been errantly removed from the thread as a result

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    • 30/Apr/2019 07:31:17