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Poor auld Morning Mary may be proven wrong in the end but the two young ladies in this lovely Poole image seem to be dead ringers for each other. I love the light of hope and anticipation in the eyes of the bride and the shy look on the bridesmaid nearby. Commissioned by Mr. Mathew O'Brien ,Killinick, Co. Wexford it was clearly taken in the Poole Studio as the manky floor covering will attest!

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: September 1949


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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Aug/2023 08:15:32

    Too recent for the irishgeneology records.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Aug/2023 08:20:24

    There are 7 O'Briens in Killinick in 1911, but probably not any of these folks from the look of them. Thomas, 48, has children from 17 down to 5. The other two and Andrew and Ellen, both single. I don't see a Mathew O'Brien in the births in Wexford either, but he could be born after 1920 and not published, or (given the time gap), he might just have moved, the spoilsport.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Aug/2023 08:29:43

    The previous shot in the catalogue is 14 September, the next dated on is two along, 23rd November. I don't have an archive subscription for the Irish Times, but there I do get a hit on Mathew O'Brien in Births, Marriages and Deaths for Saturday 22nd October 1949.

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    John Spooner

    • 30/Aug/2023 08:47:17

    Not exactly earth-shattering, but the New Ross Standard needed something to fill some space at the bottom of a column on Friday 13 January 1950

    Mr. Matthew O'Brien, Killinick, last week collected a large quantity of blackberries on an outfarm. The fruit was in excellent condition.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 30/Aug/2023 10:16:00 Niall, I've checked Saturday, 22nd October 1949, and can't find that hit on Mathew. Searched back page with all the usual Births/Marriages/Deaths, and also page 7 with social announcements, engagements, and "marriage will take place between..." and can't find any O'Brien...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Aug/2023 11:39:15 Bogus search result on my part, so.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Aug/2023 11:50:52

    Here is a death record for a Mathew O'Brien in 1962, aged 51, farmer, in Ballydoyle, Ballycogley, Wexford. Wife Mary present. Ballycogley looks to be about 3km from Killinick. If he is 51 in 1962. he was born around 1911.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Aug/2023 12:44:32 I looked at the Irish Times for the day you mentioned but alas nothing to do with this wedding. Mary

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    • 30/Aug/2023 17:36:18

    tatty carpets again... if I was paying for a wedding photo I would not be happy with studio litter !

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    • 30/Aug/2023 17:37:19

    oh in the thumbnail image, it looks like she is holding the priest's hand... but it's a glove :-)

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    Bernard Healy

    • 11/Sep/2023 10:39:46

    I did an Irish Newspaper Archive search for O’Brien, Killinick. On 15 Dec 1971, the Evening Echo reported the death of Miss Margaret O’Brien (22) of Ballymenane, Killinick, Co. Wexford who died in a road traffic accident. In 1932, Mrs Jane O’Brien of Sanctuary, Killinick was - per the Cork Examiner - put on trial for shooting her nephew John Cousins. There are various other minor mentions of O’Briens, but nothing as dramatic as those two.