This fine group of sportsmen taken by Mr. Poole is a bit of a puzzle. If they were oarsmen, there would surely be an oar or two on display. Fooballers would have a ball or two to play with. Hurlers would have hurleys, but these lads have what looks like a telescope? Who were they? What was their sport, and what are those devices the two in the front rank are holding?
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Well, safe to say that everybody had a good time yesterday with this one! The spikes on the shoes certainly prove running/athletics. But were these chaps fire brigade men? Are those implements fire hose nozzles? Can't see this one being left to lie fallow, so bated breath here at Library Towers for a definite solution!
Photographer: A. H. Poole
Collection: Poole Photographic Studio
Date: Circa 16th March 1921
NLI Ref: POOLEWP 2900
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons