Today is the day, the Photo Detectives exhibition
opens at 12.30. I found a to-do-list on the other Marys desk earlier. It read: "Tan / Nails / Hair / Pedicure / Shoes / Bag / Dress / Hat? / Coat / Umbrella?
". (A woman's work is never done :) )
Now, getting back to the knitting, our late eighteenth and early nineteenth century photos often feature elegant people in sumptuous surroundings. However, this photo I feel shows the lot of the majority of the Irish people in stark focus. I wonder what happened to the two boys? What part did they play in the formation of our nation?
And, while some of us were distracted by the #PhotoDetectives exhibition
, the ever dutiful O Mac
held down the fort, and filled-in several of the blanks on this image. It is possible that the people pictured are (or are at very least neighbours of) the Finnertys of Kilglass
near Clonbrock County Galway. They could well be pictured in this previous image of the local school
. OMac is confident that the house still stands - near the junction
of the road to Ballyforan....
Photographers: Dillon Family
Contributors: Luke Gerald Dillon, Augusta Caroline Dillon
Collection: Clonbrock photographic Collection
Date: Catalogue date c.1900
NLI Ref: CLON492
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