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Chief Superintendent Martin Lynch of the Irish Civic Guard resplendent in his uniform is the subject of today's image. A drastically cropped image given it's size which would make one wonder what else was in there? What can we find out about the Chief?

Photographers: Various

Collection: Irish Personalities Photographic Collection

Date: ca. 1920-1930

NLI Ref: NPA PERS40

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 24/Jun/2022 07:31:06

    It says in the NLI catalogue that A. H. Poole was the photographer. Maybe the 'original' is lurking in Mr Poole's collection?

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 24/Jun/2022 07:53:32

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Jun/2022 08:10:49

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia There are indeed two undigitized Poole shots called Chief Superintendent Lynch and Superintendent Sean Feore, Parliament Street, Kilkenny, they are dated ca. 1924

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Jun/2022 08:18:09

    There are thousands of POOLEK images, only 2 digitized. They range from 1920 to 1936.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 24/Jun/2022 08:28:23

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Brilliant!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Jun/2022 08:45:42

    The courthouse, the Bridewell and an RIC barracks are all on Parliament Street on the 25".

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Jun/2022 08:52:34

    From the catalogue entry on this image: Martin Lynch was a Irish Republican Army Brigade Adjutant in Laois in 1920 and became a Garda Síochána (Civic Guard) Chief Superintendent.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Jun/2022 11:03:34

    Mentioned in this Bureau of Military History 1913-21 statement as a Brigade Adjutant in 1921, interned until the general amnesty

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Jun/2022 11:21:40

    His death is recorded in 1947, aged 67. retired Chief Superintendent, in Wexford. So he would have been 44 in 1924.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Jun/2022 11:27:59

    Is this him, interned at the Curragh camp?

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    Aidrean S

    • 24/Jun/2022 15:41:16

    It could be him in the Curragh. He was a known personality at the time. Summary: Three-quarter length, front facing portrait of Chief Superintendent Martin Lynch standing in a garden in Garda uniform, holding a cane. Martin Lynch was a Irish Republican Army Brigade Adjutant in Laois in 1920 and became a Garda Síochána (Civic Guard) Chief Superintendent.

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    John Spooner

    • 24/Jun/2022 18:27:35

    From his obituary in the New Ross Standard on Friday 16 May 1947 (excluding the extensive list of mourners)

    MR. M. LYNCH, "SOMERTON" HOUSE. WEXFORD. Widespread regret was aroused by the death of es-Chief Supt Martin Lynch. G.S., which occurred at his residence. Somerton House. Newtown. Wexford, after a short iliness on Saturday of last week. He was born at Coolmeen, Co. Clare. Mr. Lynch went to Dublin at an early age and was prominently identified with the Irish Volunteer Movement, and was in the G.P.O. in the 1916 struggle. Subsequent to the surrender be was deported to England, afterwards released and on his return to Ireland again took up the struggle. He was appointed special organiser in the Midlands. He joined the Gardai force at its inception in 1922, and soon afterwards he was appointed Chief Supt. He was responsible for the formation of the Kilkenny Division of the Gardai and was later in Monahan,Cavan, Tharles and Wexford, where he retired in 1940. Such was his intense national spirit and staunch patriotism that he identified himself with the Local Defence Force on its organisation and he was Group Leader of No. 2 Group. He was subsequently appointed to the District Staff. Intelligence Officer. Mr. Lynch was most unassuming and courteous and endeared himself to all who knew him. ... Mr. T. D. Sinnott. former Brigadier of the 1.R.A., delivered a oration. He recalled that Mr. Lynch had been born in the quiet peace of Labasheeda, within sound of the Shannon. He had gone to Dublin as a young man, and had made immediate contact with those who were planning to attempt securing Ireland's freedom by force of arms. He joined the Insh Volunteer Movement at its inception, and on Easter Monday morning left a wife and five children to march to Liberty Hall and form one of the Garrison of the General Post Office. After the surrender he was deported to England and detained there until Christmas Day. Upon his release be immediately rejoined. Trusted as a most reliable man by the Headquarters Staff, he secured an appointment in the Midlands and given the task of special organiser. All through the months at struggle and terror. he was active eager and loyal. Those who had known him since his coming to Wexford would ever recall his kindly humanity, his natural courtesy and the unbending resolution which marked him when decisions had to be reached.

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    suckindeesel

    • 24/Jun/2022 21:00:14

    Was he camp commandant during the Garda mutiny?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 25/Jun/2022 04:59:05

    In Dublin, from Clare, aged about 31: I thinbk this must be him in 1911, married to Christina Lynch for 4 years, 2 children.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 25/Jun/2022 05:01:59

    So this is him getting married to Christina Delamere in 1907, from which we learn his father was Michael, a teacher.