December 23, 1930

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When: 23 December 1930

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Pupils of Our Lady of Lourdes, Holy Faith school at Rosbercon, New Ross, Co. Wexford. Looks as if they were dressed up for a Nativity Play, but what the hell was the Wicked Witch of the West doing as part of the cast?

Date: 23 December 1930

NLI Ref.: P_WP_3785


Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    pennylrichardsca (now at ipernity)

    • 23/Dec/2011 13:34:42

    Maybe it was an early multicultural pageant, and she was La Befana?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 23/Dec/2011 15:44:20[email protected] Ooooh! Should have remembered! Spent Christmas in Rome a couple of years ago, and was astounded at all the witches on sale on street stalls alongside cribs, etc.

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    instinctive mind

    • 23/Dec/2011 21:26:02

    Very nicely taken. Nice Place. They are Beautiful. A lovely Crew & I believe that one is not a young lady - - -

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    • 24/Dec/2011 16:47:11

    love this -- Seen on your photo stream. (?)

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    It's The Internet Ghost!!!

    • 25/Dec/2011 13:32:56

    thanks for sharing ( :

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    • 27/Dec/2011 10:08:49

    The Wicked Witch of the West, 4th from left back row, was trying to put a hex on Tall-Mary O'Hara, 3rd from left back row, to prevent her from copping the Guiness Book of Records title of the Tallest Sot in the West.

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    third letters

    • 28/Dec/2011 12:43:22

    Thank you for free lisence... Used the pic for an article about fary tails in a blog in German language. Beautiful pic, very playful although they look like statues...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 28/Dec/2011 13:21:32[email protected] Always nice to see our photos taking on new life, and thanks for letting us know!

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    • 30/Dec/2011 07:55:35

    Very interesting photo.Pity there are no smile's.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Dec/2011 12:52:18 Girl up the back is *almost* smiling!

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    • 14/Sep/2012 18:35:00

    Perhaps she was one of the Wise Men, but they only had a costume left over from another play. Can't see the Catholics allowing anything secular into a Nativity Play.

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    calculating crib

    • 25/Sep/2012 15:17:37

    Good Photo Invite the grup[email protected]/?added=1

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    enu fan

    • 04/Oct/2012 08:09:40

    i like it

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    • 06/Oct/2012 14:00:41

    excellent shot

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    • 02/Dec/2012 22:40:16

    Maybe she was not the Wicket Witch of The West. Maybe she was a pagan.

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    • 29/Dec/2012 10:51:08

    Oh!! milacle!!!

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    • 12/Mar/2014 13:38:25

    A tremendous old image.

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    Lisa Lovingtree

    • 01/Apr/2014 13:46:16

    ...and why is Wicked Witch wearing pearls???

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    [email protected]

    • 20/Apr/2014 02:09:24


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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 26/May/2016 17:51:37

    I have just added this photo to our 50,000+ Views Album.

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    Tommer G

    • 06/Feb/2017 20:49:59


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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Aug/2021 09:25:22

    Check out this streetview of the back of the convent school at Rosbercon - Streetview - a rectangular window with 4 panes, and an arched window on a return to the right. So they are at the South East corner : Aerial view

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Aug/2021 09:29:16 Looks good to me.