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We are having trouble connecting to the NLI website this morning so detail on this image from the Poole Collection cannot be inserted just now. We will come back to it later when Library Towers have stoked the fire and heated the system up a bit! The elves and the shoemaker toiled through the night to evict the gremlins. Everything is ship shape again...

The catalogue title on the image is “Rice's Tomb in the Protestant Cathedral: commissioned by Lord Walter Fitzgerald.”

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Collection, Waterford

Date: Between ca. 1901 and 1954

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 2421

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    cargeofg

    • 03/Sep/2020 07:43:48

    Ah yes these steam powered computers. You need to use best quality steam coal. Household stuff does not work so well. Next Irish truck passing I will but a pallet of Welsh coal on for you !!!!

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    cargeofg

    • 03/Sep/2020 07:52:51

    I wonder what Poole was trying to mask behind. You can still see tablet for Captain Goff but only part of the text. I presume we are in Christ church Cathedral Waterford from tags and header notes. No pictures of Rice in their picture Gallery. christchurchwaterford.com/

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    cargeofg

    • 03/Sep/2020 08:04:03

    www.megalithicireland.com/Christ%20Church%20Cathedral,%20... James Rice Lord Mayor of Waterford. Held the post 11 times in the 15th century.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 03/Sep/2020 08:33:37

    Flickr is sometimes amazing! In 2006 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/hansvanderboom/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/hansvanderboom/3985117274

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 03/Sep/2020 08:35:11

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Nothing like good Welsh coal to warm the cockles! Looking at the image on the lid it appears to be a "cadaver" rather than the usual fine robes? I don't think I've ever seen that on a sarcophagus before!

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    cargeofg

    • 03/Sep/2020 09:03:26

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland It is certainly unusual the way he is portrayed as a cadaver. The other end of the spectrum from the finery of yesterdays statue. The analysis of the symbolism employed is worth reading in the megalithicireland notes.

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    cargeofg

    • 03/Sep/2020 09:31:18

    www.flickr.com/photos/davidstanleytravel/49159682838/in/p... Brass plague in background Micheal W FitzGerald any conection to Lord Walter?

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    suckindeesel

    • 03/Sep/2020 12:39:12

    This is an actual tomb, containing bodies, unlike our recent memorial to Lord Portlester. Looks considerably darker in the modern shots. The depiction as a cadaver is a not so subtle reminder of our eventual fate.

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    John Spooner

    • 03/Sep/2020 13:30:58

    Not dissimilar as a reminder of mortality is this gravestone in SW Scotland, with skull, bones, coffin, an hourglass and cherub. I wonder if there's any more below the current ground level. Skull and Crossbones Gravestone, St Medan's

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    acceptable lip

    • 03/Sep/2020 13:58:37

     Great stuff ;-)

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    John Spooner

    • 03/Sep/2020 15:17:49

    His own idea, apparently. An article on James Rice from the Waterford Chronicle on Wednesday 26 June 1844, says that:

    previous to his death, he expressed a wish that his body should be disinterred a month after burial, and that an exact representation of the ghastly remnant of humanity should be cut in stone and placed over his grave

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 03/Sep/2020 16:49:46

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Probably runs Windows 3.1 in that case.

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    Swordscookie

    • 03/Sep/2020 19:43:58

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner How about this one from the graveyard attached to Beaulieu House near Drogheda in Co. Louth? Some terrific detail or even horrific detail depending on which way you look at it. https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie/6103819967/in/dateposted/ I especially love the worm crawling in one earhole and out the other:-)

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 03/Sep/2020 21:22:06

    Thanks elves and shoemaker! Is that a frog, toad, or rat on his stomach? See megazoom - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000592850

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    O Mac

    • 03/Sep/2020 21:48:27

    Frogs and toads are emerging from the body which is surrounded by a Latin inscription that translates as Here lies ‘James Rice,one time citizen of this city,founder of this chapel,and Catherine Broun, his wife. Whoever you may be, passerby, Stop, weep as you read. I am what you are going to be, and I was what you are. I beg of you, pray for me ! It is our lot to pass through the jaws of death. Lord Christ, we beg of thee, we implore thee, be merciful to us! Thou who has come to redeem the lost condemn not the redeemed. www.google.com/amp/s/pilgrimagemedievalireland.com/2014/1...

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    sharon.corbet

    • 11/Sep/2020 13:31:14

    Lord Walter Fitzgerald was also connected to the photo from St. Audeon's - there's a bit about him there: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/50265752213

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 14/Sep/2020 08:00:10

    Intriguing