Garrison of the General Post Office many years later

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Where: Dublin, Ireland

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When: 23 October 1938

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The long and the short of it to finish this week. A wide group of people who served in and survived the siege of the General Post Office in 1916. In typical Irish fashion it would seem that the numbers have expanded somewhat since the great event - or am I being cynical?

Our typical goal in these matters is to identify date, location and subject. Fred Dean Snr and Niall McAuley were quick to confirm the first two: Croke Park in October 1938. Given the incredible number of subjects here, it may be some time before they are all named. But some of the bigger (read 'political') names and faces have been identified by Niall McAuley, Dún Laoghaire Micheál, and Swordscookie as likely including Seán T O'Kelly, Oscar Traynor, and Seán Lemass. Even Megazoom(TM) may not be enough to fully identify the rest....


Photographers: Unknown

Collection: Republican Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1916-1966. Likely 23 October 1938 (GAA records)

NLI Ref: NPA GPOG

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    abandoned railways

    • 09/Nov/2018 08:50:46

    Looks like the exterior of Croke Park.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Nov/2018 09:06:46

    The GAA say this picture was taken on the morning of October 23rd 1938 at Hill 16, Croke Park before the All Ireland Football Final.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Nov/2018 09:21:04

    Here are a few of them (named this time) in 1966.

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    Foxglove

    • 09/Nov/2018 10:03:35

    as with any post office, queues and attendance just gets bigger and longer ! feel I am getting close to being cheeky to national honour

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    abandoned railways

    • 09/Nov/2018 11:49:58

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove not at all, its like when the 'accident' at the rounabout, they flew out the pub an piled in before the ambulance arrived.lol

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Nov/2018 12:20:38

    On the numbers, per wikipedia: A joint force of about 400 Volunteers and Citizen Army gathered at Liberty Hall under the command of Commandant James Connolly. This was the headquarters battalion, and it also included Commander-in-Chief Patrick Pearse, as well as Tom Clarke, Seán MacDermott and Joseph Plunkett. They marched to the General Post Office (GPO) on O'Connell Street

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 09/Nov/2018 15:23:26

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Those in the smaller picture were not in the GPO but at King Street and "Reilly's Fort".

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 09/Nov/2018 15:24:09

    Anyone have a full list of names?

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 09/Nov/2018 15:36:42

    Lots more here . . . independentarchives.photoshelter.com/gallery/1966-Easter-...

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    Swordscookie

    • 09/Nov/2018 21:51:31

    Is that Sean T. O'Kelly on the extreme right (their left) third row from the front? He looks somewhat disgruntled, perhaps he felt he should be in the front????

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Nov/2018 07:05:44

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie Per the GAA page I linked earlier: The group included four ministers of the then-government. Ministers on that date were Dev, O'Kelly, James Ryan, Frank Aiken, Thomas Derrig, Sean McEntee, Sean Lemass, PJ Ruttledge, Gerald Boland, and Oscar Traynor. Dev was at Bolands Mill in 1916, Aiken was 18 and up North somewhere, Derrin was in UCG, no sign of Ruttledge (he was studying Law in Trinity at the time), Boland was at Jacob's. Traynor was next door the GPO, at the Metropole Hotel - probably counts. In the GPO itself were O'Kelly, Ryan, McEntee and Lemass, so these are the most likely four to be here, or maybe Traynor.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Nov/2018 07:25:31

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie And yes, that is certainly O'Kelly (noted). I think Lemass is nearby, one down and to our left.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Nov/2018 07:29:46

    That could be James Ryan below O'Kelly...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Nov/2018 07:41:14

    Here is a 1938 pic of Oscar Traynor with Dev and Hyde. Aha! There he is! (noted). He is 8th from the left of the 2nd row from the top, wearing glasses.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Nov/2018 07:47:24

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Well done Sean and Niall. I wonder if any of the people in the following photos are in the one above? Group of Irish Volunteers and Irish Citizen Army soldiers inside the General Post Office during the Easter Rising 1916 Two unidentified Irish Volunteers inside barricaded GPO during the Easter Rising 1916

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Nov/2018 09:30:08

    These three favourite photos recently made it to our 100,000 Views Album https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/sets/72157651599255125 https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/5786204856 https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/8366240991 https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/9421686276

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    Irrbloss

    • 10/Nov/2018 14:48:55

    I am certain this is not at stitched image but an image taken with a swing lens camera. The light band on the right is probarbly because of an imperfect mecanical condition in the camera.

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    Inverarra

    • 12/Nov/2018 12:49:25

    And now for a photo, twice as big, of those who claimed they were there.

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    Longford Library, Heritage & Archives

    • 15/Feb/2019 16:01:36

    Sorry we've abandoned ye for a while, but as a few Longford people were (unsurprisingly) in the GPO Garrison, this has piqued our interest. (www.longfordatwar.ie for more info). Rummaging around the Irish Newspaper Archive, we think that the original panoramic photo came from The Irish Press, who were selling large-scale copies of it. archive.irishnewsarchive.com/Olive/APA/INA.Edu/SharedView... Both the Irish Press of the 24th October and the Indo of the same day, gives a few names of those who were likely present. There is actually a good account of who the women are, just not their order (they publish a photo of the panorama being taken, snapped from behind the official photographers): archive.irishnewsarchive.com/Olive/APA/INA.Edu/SharedView... The Indo's version of the photo: archive.irishnewsarchive.com/Olive/APA/INA.Edu/SharedView...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 16/Feb/2019 09:39:23

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/longford_library You will always be welcome here. I like the "No Ladies Allowed" piece from your Irish Press link!

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    an poc

    • 25/Jul/2021 17:11:58

    9th from the left, third row from the front, looking to the left and holding his hat to his chest is Séumas Robinson. 27th from the left in the same row is Seán MacEntee (pale overcoat). 31st from the left in the same row is (I think) Domhnall ua Buachalla (pointy beard). https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 25/Jul/2021 21:40:23

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I have added the names to the photo, thanks Mary.