Photo by Lafayette Ltd.
|Summary:||Three-quarter length, profile portrait of The [Michael Joseph] O'Rahilly, in uniform, holding a hat in his right hand. |
|In collection:||Irish Political Figures Photographic Collection|
|Published / Created:||
[ca. 1913-April 1916].
|Notes:||Title inscribed on sleeve on verso in pencil. Includes inscription in ink "3 photographs". |
Inscription on mount l.c. of print reads "Lafayette Ltd. / Photographers to the King & Queen / London, Dublin, Glasgow, Manchester & Belfast.".
Original date range for this photograph was ca. 1900-1916. Research by our Flickr Commons users narrowed the date to ca. 1913-April 1916.
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Physical description: 1 photographic print : mounted, in mylar. b&w ; 21.2 x 14 cm ;
The O'Rahilly! The name for a generation of Irish children generated images of a dashing, courageous and heroic figure cut down in his prime as he fought in 1916. Beyond that few knew any more about him and for many this would be the first time they actually saw a photograph of him, It would be interesting to read more about him?
As the contributors on this image point-out, this is unequivocally an image of Michael Joseph O'Rahilly (1875–1916), seemingly captured of him in the uniform of the Irish Volunteers. Attributed to the Lafayette Studio in Dublin (who either took the original image or made a copy), the general consensus is that this photograph was perhaps taken during or after 1913 (formation of the Irish Volunteers) and certainly before April 1916 (death during Easter Rising).....
Photographer: Lafayette Ltd, photographers
Collection: Irish Political Figures Photographic Collection
Date: Catalogue range c.1900-1916. Probably after c.1913 (formation of Irish Volunteers). Certainly before 1916 (death)
NLI Ref: NPA POLF231
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Wikipedia on The O'Rahilly. Datewise, this must surely be after the formation of the Volunteers in 1913.
One of the truly heroic figures from those times. Thanks for the photo. Hadn’t seen it before.
Congratulation for your beautiful Album.
There is another (worse) copy of this in the archive, on which the notes say: Inscription on verso reads "A. O'Rahilly / 54 Northumberland Road".
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Intrigued by the address, as I always thought he lived in Herbert Park around 1913-ish onwards. That seems to be the case. According to this Humphreys family page, 54 Northumberland Road was the Humphreys home...
The O'Rahilly was not at home in 54 Northumberland Road for the 1911 census, but there is one Aine Ní Rathghaille, 32. My money says that is his sister Anno, hence the A. O'Rahilly on the verso.
Flickr is sometimes amazingly oval - via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/merrionstreet-ie/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/merrionstreet-ie/25844003310/]
Streetview of 40 Herbert Park, which was new when they moved here in August 1910.
dashing fellow. And I've learned something new
Like many in the Gaelic revival of the time, O'Rahilly had an interest in the old clan structure, going so far as to make himself the O'Rahilly clan head, hence the prefix 'The'. This was mocked by some as a little pretentious, but Yeats in his poem, 'The O'Rahilly' defended his right to it: SING of the O'Rahilly, Do not deny his right; Sing a 'the' before his name; Allow that he, despite All those learned historians, Established it for good; He wrote out that word himself, He christened himself with blood. How goes the weather?
The catalogue entry attributes this image to "Lafayette Ltd., photographers". Lafayette was one of the oldest studios in Dublin. Based primarily from Westmoreland Street. If the image was taken by Lafayette, then it would likely have been captured in that studio. Otherwise, as we've seen before (especially with the Keogh Brothers collection), it could equally be a copy made and published by Lafayette after the fact.
In some ways he was (arguably) the most interesting person who took part in the Rising, although there were a lot of very interesting people involved. By the way, is that the same Lafayette who take the college graduation photos?
His sister was in prison in 1916. See the column to the left of the "Hear The New Edison" advert. chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn90059959/1916-06-03/ed-...
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Thanks all. With apologies for the delayed update, I've updated the description and date. And, given the attribution, mapped it to the Lafayette Studio on Westmoreland Street. Thanks again!