When you read the title you might expect a man in ermine and silks standing in a great hall with flunkeys at his beck and call? Instead here is a portly young man with a suit that is just a little tight and a very pleasant smile on his face. From a photographic point of view this is a dreadful crop from another photo!
Collection: Irish Personalities Photographic Collection
Date: 5th September 1928
NLI Ref: NPA PERS36
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
Did you hear about the Kerry genius? He was a man out standing in his own field.
That's Thomas Packenham's grandad, is it?
5 September 1928 was a Wednesday ... "Edward Arthur Henry Pakenham, 6th Earl of Longford (29 December 1902 – 4 February 1961) was an Irish peer, politician, and littérateur. Also known as Eamon de Longphort, he was a member of the fifth Seanad Éireann, the upper house of the Irish Parliament, in the 1940s. ... " From - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Pakenham,_6th_Earl_of_Longford So he is 25 here.
He owned the biggest oak in the country for years. It got struck by lightning since, so it's a bit less big now.
The 8th Earl, Thomas, is still alive and a most charming man. His book on trees is on the shelves in Easons.
Lots of lads in flat caps with their backs to him. Is he at a race, perhaps?
Via Trove, some contemporary newspaper cuttings - "The Shy Earl" (1922) - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/82498836 "Women were like a fire - nice to have in a room, but one was apt to get one's fingers burnt." Marriage (1925) - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/131451800 His sister, Lady Pansy, marries Australian-born artist a month before in 1928 - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/67606152
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] There was racing at Newbury on 28th September 1928. Nothing in Ireland (not in the newspapers, anyway).
I wonder who else was in the photo?
The outline of his hat has been inked in, I wonder what that is on his lapel?
‘My brother Frank lives in England and has become a pillar of the British political establishment, but is seen over here as an Irish patriot. I, on the other hand, live here and have given whatever talent I possess to the Irish language, Irish literature, and especially the Irish theatre – to which I’ve devoted my fortune. But I’m still regarded as a West Briton.’ (Cited by Sean MacReamoinn in The Irish Times, Jan. 1994) The suit may have gotten a little tighter with age, he was 24-stone at the time of his death.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner "28th"? This is Wednesday the 5th. Perhaps a slip of the quill ...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia D'oh! I should have just stayed in bed today.
Looks like he is wearing an Irish Thornproof. I have one hanging in my closet, though no cuffs.
Here he is at thepeerage. He is not Thomas's grandfather, he is his uncle. He died aged 58 without children, and his brother Frank referred to above was 7th Earl and Thomas's father. You can see that his entry is pretty thin compared to Francis, who has a long career as a politician and author.
National Library of Ireland on The Commons
FOGRA We appear to be having difficulty connecting to Library Towers this morning. As soon as the problem has been rectified we will upload todays image! Apologies from the Marys:-(
His bio on Ricarso www.ricorso.net/rx/az-data/authors/p/Pakenham_E1/life.htm He kept the Gate theatre afloat for many years with money from his own pocket.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Frank, his younger brother, was the 'Lord Longford' lampooned in Private Eye as 'Lord Porn'
Wonder what's in his pocket?
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamica1] Toffees? He reminds me of Billy Bunter. In a good way! "One of the most enthusiastic early supporters of the [Gate Theatre] venture was the corpulent old Etonian, Edward Pakenham, Sixth Earl of Longford, himself a playwright. He became Chairman of the theatre in 1930 and helped raised the funds that kept it alive. Longford could often be found patrolling from Parnell Square to O’Connell Street with a collection box actively seeking funds. ... " From - mylesdungan.com/tag/edward-pakenham/
Karin Joy Passmore
His eyes aren't smiling. I think he wasn't ready to be photographed in his work clothes! What is he holding behind his back? That gesture of his arms is straining the suit closure, so the fit looks off.