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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Photograph of reception and presentation on Michael Tierney's retirement as President of UCD: Mrs. Oliver Fitzgerald, James Malachy O'Connor and Oliver Fitzgerald.


Photograph of reception and presentation on Michael Tierney's retirement as President of UCD: Mrs. Oliver Fitzgerald, James Malachy O'Connor and Oliver Fitzgerald.

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A truck containing Irish Free State soldiers and a mattress, driven by a man in civilian dress


Photograph of a truck containing Irish Free State soldiers and a mattress, driven by a man in civilian dress, which may have just completed the crossing of the bridge; a group of small boys is seated and standing on the wall of a river; many are waving their hats in jubilation; one little boy is barefoot, another is wearing a school uniform and is holding his school bag; other soldiers and an army vehicle are visible in the distance on the bridge.

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Irish Free State Army officers standing at ease and smiling outside a heavily fortified building


Photograph of two Irish Free State Army officers (including Eoin O'Duffy and possibly Michael Brennan) standing at ease and smiling outside a heavily fortified building; two little boys are sitting on sandbag, one of whom is barefoot.

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Irish Free State Army soldiers at the rear of an army mobile canteen


Photograph of a group of Irish Free State Army soldiers at the rear of an army mobile canteen; one is holding a mug, possibly of milk, two others are standing in the canteen guarding it with rifles; the remaining soldiers are standing at ease. Two substantial buildings are visible to the left and in the distance.

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Trucks passing by a barricade on a bridge over a river


Photograph of two trucks passing by a barricade on a bridge over a river; both trucks are carrying Irish Free State Army soldiers although the lead truck contains at least one civilian and household furniture; a group of soldiers and civilians standing beside the bridge are watching the progress of the first truck which is being driven cautiously; a pony and trap is waiting behind the blockade, presumably to follow the trucks.

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Irish Free State Army officers and men outside the Royal Hotel


Photograph of a group of Irish Free State Army officers and men outside the Royal Hotel (Limerick); some are smoking and one is sporting an injured arm; the group includes two clergymen and some civilians; the hotel was fortified with a barricade, wire and sandbags.

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Interior of a completely gutted building


The building possibly is on Sackville Street. A telegraph pole appears to be suspended in mid-air, debris is lying at the front of the building, and the cobbled street is full of puddles.

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A group of people standing at the junction of Westmoreland Street and Carlisle Bridge which is showing extensive damage


The two photographs have some differences in detail. The bridge damage is being viewed, in the rain, by onlookers. Some men are on a ladder repairing tram cables and soldiers are standing on duty.

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Badly damaged buildings and people looking among the ruins


The two photographs have some differences in detail. The buildings possibly are on Sackville Street. The foreground contains twisted metal including the remains of a tram and a sign advertising Nestle's.

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Demolition work on a building in Middle Abbey Street


A man is silhouetted against the sky at the top of a ladder high on the building.

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Liberty Hall showing extensive structural and artillery damage on one side


The two photographs have some differences in detail. Bricks have spilled out onto the street and workmen are in the process of loading them onto carts.

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Demolition of part of a building in Middle Abbey Street


The two photographs are taken from different angles. They show dust rising from the ruins and one photograph incorporates a group of people watching the process with curiosity. A building contractor's sign has been hung on the adjacent building.

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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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Man viewing the interior of a badly damaged building


The two photographs have some differences in detail. The man is viewing the gutted interior of very badly damaged buildings, possibly in the vicinity of the GPO, the parapet of which may just be visible. The foreground is a mass of twisted girders, and a long ladder is resting on part of the building.

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Labour Commission at Misses Ryans' farm, near Limerick Junction


A group of people standing in a farmyard with the ruins of a burned out cottage in the background. The caption reads ‘Labour Commission at Misses Ryans' farm, near Limerick Junction' (county Tipperary).

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Interior of a building which has been completely gutted by fire


The steel girders have remained largely intact.

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Patrick Street, Cork, Monday morning after burning


A number of civilians (and a tram driver?) looking at the remains of a burned out tram. The caption reads ‘Patrick Street, Cork, Monday morning after burning' (by Auxiliaries and Black and Tans on 11 December 1920?). Premises in background include James Mangan Ltd, Tivoli Restaurant and a tobacconist's shop. One little boy is smiling broadly at the camera.

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House smashed by Auxilliaries after Kilmichael ambush


Façade of a burned out house at Kilmichael, county Cork. The interior has been gutted and the roof has collapsed. A hen is standing outside the house. Sheets of corrugated iron lie around the ground from what was originally the porch. The caption reads ‘House smashed by Aux[illiaries] after Kilmichael ambush (right on spot of ambush)'.

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A group of Irish Free State Army soldiers on the point of firing artillery at the Four Courts


Unfocused photograph of a group of Irish Free State Army soldiers on the point of firing artillery near the Four Courts; two soldiers stand at some distance from the gun from which smoke is emitting.

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Burned out building


Possibly the creamery in Ballymacelligott, county Kerry. The roof has collapsed at one end and the interior has been gutted; a water tank is lying on the grass outside; a sign on the side of the building which is partially fire-damaged reads: ‘The Ballymacelligott Cooperative Agricultural…'.

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Labour Commission, interior of creamery, Ballymacelligott


Group of men examining the gutted interior of a building. Caption reads ‘Labour Commission. Interior of creamery, Ballymacelligott' (county Kerry). See also P80/PH/15.

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Creamery at hospital, Labour Commission's visit


A group of people standing outside some buildings most of which have been destroyed by fire. A church tower is in the background. The caption reads ‘Creamery at hospital. Labour Commission's visit'.

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Labour Commission and Cork LCC, Town Hall, Cork


A group of men viewing the gutted interior of an imposing entrance hall surrounded by debris. The caption reads ‘Labour Commission and Cork LCC, Town Hall, Cork'.

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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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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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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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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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A barricade across a cobbled street


Photograph of a barricade across a cobbled street consisting of an assortment of farm machinery, barbed wire, a cart with the legend T McGrath and a barrel bearing the name Pierce; a large group of onlookers stands in the background outside a shop called J. O'Donnell and Co, City Saddlery; people are looking out of upper windows; a badly damaged building is just visible on the left.

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A burned out tender on a country road being examined by a man in civilian dress


Photograph of a burned out tender on a desolate and wet country road being examined by a man in civilian dress.

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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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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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A street in a country town with a series of burned out building in the background


Photograph of a street in a country town with a series of burned out building in the background; smoke is still rising; a group of people appear to be salvaging items and placing them on a horse and cart.

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A little boy holding a sword and scabbard


Photograph of a little boy, barefoot and in very ragged clothes, holding a sword and scabbard. The ruins of an imposing house are in the background; a woman in a shawl and a child are walking past the remains of the entrance.

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Rear façade of a substantial country mansion completely gutted by fire


Photograph of the rear façade of a substantial country mansion completely gutted by fire; the walls and chimney stacks remain intact.

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