Lying out for the wake.

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When: 01 January 1920

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Today we have a photograph of a man "laid out" in other words who has died and is in his coffin/bed while his friends, relatives and admirers come to pay their last respects. For some reason I think that this is a clergyman though in those days most people were dressed in a "habit" when they were being buried. It probably also means that the traditional Irlsh Wake was not going to have quite the same vigour as most! What can we find out about him and how is he an Irish Political figure?

Photographers: Lauder Dublin

Collection: Irish Political Figures Photographic Collection

Date: 1900 - 1922


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    • 24/Sep/2019 08:04:52

    Google Image search thinks it's a polar bear!

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    John A. Coffey

    • 24/Sep/2019 08:21:31

    He seems to have long hair and a very long beard.

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    CHG PRO PHOTOGRAPHY incorporating the APL archives

    • 24/Sep/2019 09:22:12

    Lauder Bros became the famous Lafayette Studios.......

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    O Mac

    • 24/Sep/2019 09:57:18

    ‘Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone; it’s with O’Leary in the grave’ Could it be John O Leary? Irish Fenian.

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    • 24/Sep/2019 10:44:30

    [] I would say "Yes!" At first I thought John O'Leary's nose was too long. (1886) One of six artworks by John Butler Yeats in the National Gallery of Ireland - click the arrows on the link above. He died in 1907 -

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    • 24/Sep/2019 12:37:12

    Presumably not Lying out for the awake?

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    • 24/Sep/2019 20:59:56

    I thought it was that creepy Lenin body in Moscow

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    • 24/Sep/2019 21:12:18

    Not convinced re the O'Leary theories... John B Yeats painted O'Leary several times, the last time in 1904, less than three years before O'Leary's death at the age of 77. In the 1904 portrait O'Leary looks both older and greyer of beard than the corpse shown in the photo.