An Cláir Abú in Port Lairge

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The De La Salle hurling team in Waterford but with a wonderful twist. Each of the players appears to have their native county's name As Gaeilge written on their hurley. You have men from Corcaigh (Cork), Gaillimhe (Galway), Cill Coinnigh (Kilkenny), Tiobraid Aran (Tipperary), Luimneach (Limerick the Current All Ireland Champions). The man with the sliothair (ball) and apparently the team captain proudly displays his county An Cláir (Clare). There are also two men with local club names who may have been actual Waterford men?

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: 9th June 1920

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 2858a

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    • 24/Mar/2023 09:20:49

    9 June 1920 was a Wednesday ... Dé Céadaoin a bhí sa 9 Meitheamh 1920 ...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Mar/2023 11:05:58

    Top right I see a house with quoins, and then an unusual gable end with tiles on it? Maybe this pair of houses on Newtown Road in Streetview, meaning the team are at the wall on the Western side of the grounds of the college.

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    John Spooner

    • 24/Mar/2023 11:18:26

    Several pairs of sock keeper-uppers on view. The poor lad on the extreme left looks as if he could do with a pair.

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    John A. Coffey

    • 24/Mar/2023 12:27:43

    Wikipedia tells us the De La Salle Club was formed in 1929 wonder is this a school team? The club won their first Senior County Hurling in 2008.

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    • 24/Mar/2023 13:40:23

    the Brother ... looks to be the toughest o' the lot of 'em

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    Bernard Healy

    • 24/Mar/2023 14:26:21 In the Waterford News 11th June 1920 - on the last page - we are told that on the previous Sunday evening (6th of June) that De La Salle defeated Butlerstown in Junior Hurling and therefore qualified to play Ballytruckle Rovers in the final of the Eastern Division. We can't know for sure, but one could imagine that this is that De La Salle team.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 24/Mar/2023 14:34:02

    [] He's also in this picture of the tug-of-war team

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Mar/2023 15:37:08

    Although we have seen many photos of De La Salle in Waterford over the years, I only just found out that it was a teacher training college from its foundation in 1881 until 1939, when teacher training was centralized in Drumcondra. The secondary school in this building only opened in 1948. This explains why the "boys" look so old!

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    • 24/Mar/2023 22:55:02 Looks like the same background in both photos