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A wedding group commissioned by Mr. Harpur of County Wexford and they have a serious look about them. Probably disgusted at the debris on the carpet where they are posed? What can we find out about the Harpurs of Blackstone, Duncormack and when was this likely to have been taken?

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: Between 1901 and 1954 1940's?

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 4638

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Nov/2021 09:01:10

    John and Mary Harpur in Blackstone in 1911 with their sons Michael, Nicholas and uncle Matthew. I don't see a likely marriage record for Michael or Nicholas. From their marriage record, we learn Mary was née Coady. So here are younger brothers John, born 1914 and Martin, 1918. No further sign of Martin in the records. John Senior died in 1920. Aha! First possibility, John Harpur of Blackstone marries Annie Scallan in July 1939. Witnesses Matthew Harpur, Joan Sinnott, wedding at Tacumshane.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Nov/2021 09:27:20

    Mary Harpur died at 79 in 1956, son Nicholas present.

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    derangedlemur

    • 24/Nov/2021 09:33:51

    If Uncle Matthew is in the picture, this must be 1905. I don't think the fashions line up with that, though.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 24/Nov/2021 09:59:16

    Nicholas had a twin brother Matthew. But he died at 8 mths old.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 24/Nov/2021 10:09:38

    There's a description of the Harpur-Scallan wedding in the New Ross Standard of 18 August 1939. John Harpur is described as the second son of the late John and Mrs Harpur of Duncormack. The bride is Ann Dympna (Nancy) Scallan, daughter of Mrs Scallan and the late James of Bunargate Tacumshane. She was given away by her uncle, Mr. P Synnott (1 Pearse St, Dublin). The officiant was Rev. J. Nolan of Tacumshane, assisted by Rev. M. O'Byrne of Our Lady's Island. The bridesmaid was Miss Joan Synnott (Killinick), cousin to the bride. The best man was Matthew Harpur, brother of the bridegroom. The wedding breakfast was at Clancy's Hotel, Wexford, and the happy couple went to Dublin for their honeymoon.

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    derangedlemur

    • 24/Nov/2021 11:46:51

    Curious. If that's 1939, I'd expect all of them to be born already by 1911, but all the Matthew Harpurs are auld fellahs, and all the Matthew Harpers with an e live up north.

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    John Spooner

    • 24/Nov/2021 12:25:12

    Nancy died in 1999. "Tragedy struck the family in November 1982 when they lost their son Paddy through a motor accident in New York. U.S.A.. Her husband John predeceased her in November 1993 which was another big loss to her as they were a devoted couple. Nancy took great pride in her family, she was a loving wife and mother who cared for her husband and family with love and dedication. She was a hard worker all her life and worked both outdoors and indoors on the family farm. One of her main hobbies was playing cards and she was a loyal supporter of whist drives all over South Wexford for many years, and she was a very keen player." (New Ross Standard - Wednesday 28 July 1999)

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    eOceanic.com

    • 24/Nov/2021 13:18:37

    Ok... this is really weird. I logged in to add some CC sailing/history imagery for my site eoceanic.com and this photo was on my home page as it was being discussed. I have to say, I was taken aback to see my mother and father looking at me from the screen. This is their wedding photo I would say during the 40s but I will find out. Grata Harpur nee Keane, and Mathew Harpur who lived in Blackstone Duncomick Co. Wexford (you can pretty much trace the Harpur linage down to the Norman landings). The confusion in the dialogue is with Nancy and John Harpur (Lacken Duncormick) his brother, whose son Paddy had that accident in the US in 1982. Josephine Cleary on the left (still with us) with her Mother Elizabeth far left again and father Bernie behind. Right of Greta is her brother Johnny Keane a famous Wexford High Street Butcher in his day and the last man on the right I am not sure but can ask. That’s a bit of an odd surprise. I had not noticed the detritus on the floor well spotted and I can ask. How incredible 'National Library of Ireland on The Commons' what a wonderful resource 😉.

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    John Spooner

    • 24/Nov/2021 13:49:52

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Can't speak for the rest of them, but Namcy was in her 'early eighties' when she died in 1999, which would give a DoB of about 1916. And in 2001 87-year-old (therefore born c 1914) Annie Hobbs returned from the USA to visit Tacumshane, and remembered bringing Nancy Scallan to school on her first day, suggesting she was a little bit older than Nancy. (Wexford People - Wednesday 03 October 2001)

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    derangedlemur

    • 24/Nov/2021 14:28:41

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Brilliant! So is this John (the 3 year old)? www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Wexford/Killag/...

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    sharon.corbet

    • 24/Nov/2021 14:55:10

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Aha! I had been wondering a bit, because as https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] alluded to, they looked a bit too old to fit with the dates for John and Nancy Harpur. I see a marriage between a Matthew Harpur and (possibly) a Margaret Keane sometime in the second quarter of 1953 in Wexford, which might fit. (The complete records don't go up to 1953 but there are indices available with very limited info.)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 24/Nov/2021 15:30:28

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thanks Michael, we do try our best!

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    Salty Windows

    • 24/Nov/2021 21:02:28

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland "Probably disgusted at the debris on the carpet where they are posed?" Could be a photographer's technique. Using the shabby floor to enhance the stylish garb. NLI Flickr team in 50 years time might make a similar observation of the 'shabby chic' furniture in vogue today 😄

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 24/Nov/2021 22:13:28

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gerrydunne Mary, Mary and Mary might be retired by then!!

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 25/Nov/2021 06:04:37

    "Johnny Keane a famous Wexford High Street Butcher" - admiring his jazzy tie; it might have been a kipper tie but they hadn't been invented yet ... "... Wide neckties were fashionable in the 1940s: first among Zoot suiters rebelling against wartime austerity, and later as part of the "Bold Look" worn by World War II veterans returning to civilian life.[1] Ties of this period often featured bright colors and bold prints, including birds, animals, and floral designs like paisley. ... " See - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kipper_tie

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 25/Nov/2021 06:44:25

    Another happy lot. Must have taken lessons from Chicago mafia in their pinstripe suits. The guy with the big ears in the middle either has a pistol or his hat in his right pocket.

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    Karin Joy Passmore

    • 02/Dec/2021 17:58:08

    Platformed shoes? 1940s. Sacred debris on floor...

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    skipper cate

    • 04/Jan/2022 01:06:15

    😄