Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
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
The caption from one of those images, very similar to this one: WITH CAPTAIN HANNON, ONE OF THE WOUNDED.
I don't think the cheeky chappie wounded in this one is Captain Hannon though, the Captain looks to be taller and more elegant.
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.
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)
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.
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?
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] Would your Dad still have been in Gormanston Camp in 1923?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I think it's just the hotel sign...
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!
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:-)))
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?
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???
http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie I had a quick look but couldn't spot any Mulligans.
www.limerickcity.ie/Library/LocalStudies/LocalStudiesFile... Whole bunch of stuff on the city council page, Green on Green is interesting...
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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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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.