Desmond FitzGerald Photographs


This collection of photographic prints forms part of the papers of Desmond FitzGerald (P80). The majority of theses photographs arise out of the Civil War but other smaller series relate to the aftermath of the Easter Rising and to the War of Independence. There are also other series of army portraits and of historical occasions photographs.

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Loreto 1916


A collection of material related to the Easter Rising 1916 from the IBVM (Loreto) Institute & Irish Province Archives, including contemporaneous accounts of the Rising as observed by the Loreto Sisters at St Stephen’s Green Dublin and Loreto Abbey Rathfarnham. The material is collated from three separate Loreto archival collections: the community archives of Loreto Abbey Rathfarnham; Loreto College, 53 St Stephen’s Green; and M. Michael Corcoran IBVM, Superior General 1888 – 1918. The collection comprises of two manuscript community annals, a military permit, picture postcards from Loreto Abbey Rathfarnham and Loreto College, 53 St Stephen’s Green, and a typed letter from M. Michael Corcoran IBVM, Superior General 1888 – 1918.

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[Fourteen photographs of the aftermath of the rising by an unknown photographer.]


[Fourteen photographs of the aftermath of the rising by an unknown photographer.]

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A young man in uniform: three quarter length studio portrait


Three quarter length studio portrait by Keogh Brothers of a young man in uniform; he is identified as ‘Mr Savage'.

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Sailors hanging mattresses over the railing outside the wheelhouse


Photograph by W.D. Hogan of three sailors (one a ship's officer) hanging mattresses over the railing outside the wheelhouse, possibly for the purposes of fortification.

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A group of civilians, one is holding a tricolour


Photograph by the Press Photographic Agency, London, of a glum group of civilians; one is holding a tricolour aloft to which is attached a small holy picture of the sacred heart; a priest and a very formidable looking woman are holding rosary beads while the man beside them is touching his hat and looking very perplexed.

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A woman in a hat pushing her bicycle along an overgrown country lane


Photograph by W.D. Hogan of a woman in a hat pushing her bicycle along a rather overgrown country lane.

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Façade of a four storey prison


Photograph by W.D. Hogan of the façade of a four storey prison; the windows of three floors are barred and what appears to be a cat is peering in through one; a yard encased by barbed wire is in the foreground (date stamped 25 July).

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General Richard Mulcahy, Chief of Staff, Irish Free State Army: full length portrait


Full length portrait of General Richard Mulcahy, Chief of Staff, Irish Free State Army, in uniform.

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General Eoin O'Duffy, GOC, South Western Command: three quarter length portrait


Three quarter length portrait of General Eoin O'Duffy, GOC, South Western Command, in Irish Free State Army uniform; he is standing beside an open window looking out at a river.

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General Richard Mulcahy, Chief of Staff, Irish Free State Army: three quarter length portrait


Three quarter length portrait of General Richard Mulcahy, Chief of Staff, Irish Free State Army, in uniform.

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General Eoin O'Duffy, GOC, South Western Command: three quarter length portrait


Three quarter length portrait of General Eoin O'Duffy, GOC, South Western Command, in Irish Free State Army uniform; he is seated at a table viewing maps.

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[Photograph of a wall-mounted commemorative display of sketches and prints of the leaders of the 1916 Rising.]


[Photograph of a wall-mounted commemorative display of sketches and prints of the leaders of the 1916 Rising.]

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Soldiers outside a restaurant in ruins


The three photographs have some differences in detail. The restaurant interior has been destroyed although its façade, including decorative ironwork, appears to be largely intact; the soldiers are helping to salvage furniture. Further down the street there is even greater devastation of buildings with debris and wrecked vehicles lying around.

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Gutted interior of a building


Photograph by W.D. Hogan of the gutted interior of a building; the interior consists of a mass of twisted metal; through the breached walls a more imposing building, also damaged, is visible (possibly the mezzanine storage treasury of the Public Record Office although the window apertures are church-like).

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A wide street on the outskirts of a country town


Photograph of a wide street on the outskirts of a country town; large numbers of Irish Free State Army soldiers appear to be preparing to board personnel carriers with a view to departing; some may have luggage; a number of civilians watch from the pavement; a church with a spire and a thatched house are visible in the background and in the foreground a commercial van with the name Ja[me]s Boyd Ltd.

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Front façade of a burned out barracks


Photograph of the lengthy front façade of a burned out barracks; the walls and chimney stacks are intact but show heat and fire damage; small numbers of civilians, and a dog, are strolling past the building; a group of people are working at one wing of the building and a (policeman?) stands in front of it.

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Two young boys, one with a rifle, protecting a bread van


Photographs of two young boys, one with a rifle, protecting a bread van; the horse-drawn van bears the slogan Machine made bread and contains batch loaves; a barricade at the end of the street is visible in the background.

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Irish Free State Army members in defensive positions on board ship


Photograph of Irish Free State Army members in defensive positions on board ship. The railings have been partially fortified with sandbags. A headland is visible in the distance and most of the soldiers are scrutinising it through binoculars.

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Irish Free State Army officers on board ship deep in conversation


Photograph taken on board ship of two Irish Free State Army officers deep in conversation; a sailor looks on; a quayside and buildings (in county Cork?) are visible in the distance.

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Coastline with buildings in the foreground: view taken from on board a ship


Photograph taken from on board ship of a coastline with buildings in the foreground (in county Cork?).

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A large, jubilant group of Irish Free State Army soldiers and civilians


Photograph of a large, jubilant group of Irish Free State Army soldiers and civilians running along what appears to be a side street between two buildings or the yard of an institution; all look very happy; many have upstretched arms and are waving hats and caps at the cameraman; there is an air of liberation; none of the soldiers carry weapons; some women and men in white aprons stand at the side and in the background looking on.

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A large group of people standing in front of a wooden hut with a sign Athletic Club


Photograph of a large group of people, mainly children, standing in front of a wooden hut with a sign Athletic Club; a row of terraced houses is in the background; the accompanying Publicity Department caption identifies the group as Catholics who were refugees from their own home which has been looted and burned and were now being accommodated in makeshift huts.

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A family loading furniture onto a handcart outside a terraced house


Photograph of a family loading furniture onto a handcart outside a terraced house; one of the children is barefoot; further up the street furniture has been loaded onto a horse drawn cart outside another house.

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