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Where: Limerick, Ireland

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When: 01 July 1922

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... a hotel which we've seen before, though in less turbulent times! I've upcycled this one as it has to date been entirely untroubled by comments. Any information on this photo or the Civil War in Limerick would be most welcome...

Photographer: W.D. Hogan

Date: July 1922

NLI Ref.: HOG133

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Nov/2013 08:59:57

    There was a barricade across the street in front of the Hotel at one point, see pictures here at Limerick City Museum from the Illustrated London News, Saturday 29 July 1922

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Nov/2013 09:01:39

    The caption from one of those images, very similar to this one: WITH CAPTAIN HANNON, ONE OF THE WOUNDED.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Nov/2013 09:06:05

    I don't think the cheeky chappie wounded in this one is Captain Hannon though, the Captain looks to be taller and more elegant.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Nov/2013 09:10:37

    From the blurb for the book The Battle for Limerick City: The opening shots of the Irish Civil War in Limerick city were fired on 11 July 1922. The city was of vital strategic importance in the fight for control of the newly independent Ireland, and both Free State and republican troops were determined to secure the city for their respective causes. At the outset the republicans controlled the citys four military barracks and Thomond and Sarsfield bridges. The Free State forces held the custom house, Limerick prison, the courthouse, William Street RIC barracks and Cruises Hotel. Battle lines were drawn and over the course of the following two weeks, fighting raged throughout the city until superior numbers and arms gave victory to the Free State army.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Nov/2013 09:42:35

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Definitely not Captain Hannon! So July in 1922 then, thanks Niall. (Still trying to have a proper look at the Illustrated London News photo, but our interweb is playing up today)

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    Swordscookie

    • 21/Nov/2013 10:57:15

    The field guns borrowed from the British and used in the siege of the Four Courts were used in the sieges of the various barracks in Limerick. My father was involved in the Strand Barracks on the Republican side and at one of the breaches the defenders put up a blanket to inhibit snipers picking people off as they crossed the square inside. The Free State soldiers fired a machine gun continuously at it for some time and the blanket fell to the ground. When one of the lads went to lift it and put it back in place he was unable to do so as it was full of bullets that had become ensnared in the fabric! Dad ended up serving time in Gormanstown with the likes of Sean T.

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    derangedlemur

    • 21/Nov/2013 11:13:13

    What's the beer sign? It looks familiar but I can't place it - two bears or lions or something facing each other, maybe with a palm tree or a lance between them. Or is it just the Royal Hotel's sign with a lion and a unicorn?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Nov/2013 12:44:14

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] Would your Dad still have been in Gormanston Camp in 1923?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Nov/2013 12:46:07

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I think it's just the hotel sign...

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    TEXASJOHN

    • 21/Nov/2013 13:12:22

    Nice!

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    Swordscookie

    • 21/Nov/2013 15:46:34

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland He was released sometime in 1923 and there was an autograph or two at home as well as some other mementos. The old place is gone now and I don't know where the bits and bobs are gone!

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    Swordscookie

    • 21/Nov/2013 15:47:32

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland I seem to remember that that was the crest of Cruises Royal Hotel when I was going there for the dances:-)))

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Nov/2013 15:49:33

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie I wonder if he's in our Autograph Book then? And for the dances? Is that where we met Mrs Swordscookie?

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    Swordscookie

    • 21/Nov/2013 16:04:23

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland No, we met in the Jetland Ballroom out in Caherdavin way back in the mists of time! I'll have to examine the autograph book and see???

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Nov/2013 16:19:37

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie I had a quick look but couldn't spot any Mulligans.

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    ofelialoberto

    • 22/Nov/2013 06:46:37

    great!

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 22/Nov/2013 14:17:52

    www.limerickcity.ie/Library/LocalStudies/LocalStudiesFile... Whole bunch of stuff on the city council page, Green on Green is interesting...

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    arkelly1001

    • 28/Nov/2013 01:53:12

    Salute!! !

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    Info Hotel Murah di Indonesia

    • 22/Jul/2014 22:55:47

    interest! Info Hotel Murah » Tempat Wisata » Kuliner Indonesia

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    ark_gha

    • 19/Nov/2014 06:58:48

    great soldier.. Penginapan Murah

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    O Mac

    • 10/Jan/2015 19:12:02

    The same lads can be seen here at 18.30 minutes into this Pathe newsreel. www.britishpathe.com/video/irish-revolution-1922/query/cork

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Jun/2015 13:36:22

    Hi I have just added this photo to our 50,000+ Views - this is the 80th entry. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/sets/72157651136879037

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    tomais1

    • 07/Sep/2019 11:55:31

    The officer with the cig butt and collar flashes is none other than the boul Michael Brennan. Lieutenant-General Michael Brennan (1896 – 24 October 1986) was the Irish Defence Forces Chief of Staff 1931-1940. Brennan was born in Meelick, County Clare, and joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood in 1911. Two years later, he helped form the Volunteers in Limerick city and soon he was training men in and around Meelick. He took part in the Easter Rising and spent the next five years in and out of prison, danger and trouble, becoming the first O/C, East Clare Brigade, and later in charge of all three Clare Brigades of the IRA. This became the First Western Division, which De Valera president of the Irish Volunteers described as the best in the country.