In this lovely if damaged glass plate, from the Clarke Collection, a member of the Dublin Metropolitan Police appears to have at least one prisoner on their way to the station. In the background some onlookers are watching the action!
While there is perhaps a perfectly innocent explanation for what (we think) is captured here, the "snatched" nature of the shot suggests that Clarke was quickly trying to capture something fleeting. And hence that there is something more to this than just three people walking nonchalantly down Eden Quay. Whether with prisoner(s) in tow or not, our resident law-enforcement expert tells is that this peeler (collar number C22) was likely attached to Store Steet station. And likely on his way back there....
Photographers: J. J. Clarke
Collection: Clarke Photographic Collection
Date: Catalogue range c.1897-1904? Possibly after 1902 (helmet badge)
NLI Ref: CLAR73
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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