Sunday 25 August 2019

Rare photo of rebels under the hammer



A REMINDER of one of the most dramatic episodes in Enniscorthy history will come under the hammer in a Dublin auction house at the weekend. The sale at Whyte's on Saturday, September 24, will include a photograph of the man who led the Easter Rising in the town in 1916.

The image of Volunteer commander Robert Brennan was taken with six of his colleagues – Séamus Rafter, Séamus Doyle, Seán Etchingham, Una Brennan, Michael de Lacey and Eileen Hegarty. Most of them presented themselves to the camera in full uniform during the time when the rebels held the town, before the surrender on May 1. The photo is expected to realise between €600 and €800.

Sporting memorabilia will also feature in the auction and lot 573 also has a Wexford connection. The programme from the 1914 All-Ireland football final between Wexford and Kerry is expected to make a four-figure sum. The 12page publication marked the first time that Croke Park was used for the championship decider under that name. The two teams drew on the day, only for Wexford to lose the replay to their rivals from the Kingdom a month later.

Meanwhile, further reminders of Enniscorthy's revolutionary past are provided in Rebels: Voices From The Easter Rising by Fearghal McGarry, published by Penguin. McGarry drew on the archive compiled by the Bureau of Military History which interviewed many of the participants in the Rising in 1947. Among those quoted in the book are Máire Fitzpatrick, Seán Whelan, Thomas Doyle, James Cullen, Thomas Dwyer, Peter Galligan and John O'Reilly.

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