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Sunday 20 April 2014

Collector's rare photos shine a light on days gone by

Group of Limerick City Volunteers and Cumann Na mBan at Laffans Field, Killonan, Limerick, in 1915. Back (lr): Ned OToole, James ODriscoll, Alphonsus OHalloran, John Grant, James Ledden, Liam Forde, George Clancy, David Hennessy James Kirby, James MacInerney, Stephen Dineen, Commandant Michael Colivet, James Dalton, Patrick Walsh, Robert Monteith; front (lr): Mrs Bermingham, Mary Clancy, Miss Downey, Mrs MacCormack, Eileen Crowe, Eileen ODonoghue, Siún OFarrell, Madge Daly (president of the Limerick branch of Cumann na mBan), Carrie Daly. Mary Clancy, wife of Limerick Mayor George Clancy, was wounded in a vain attempt to shield her husband on the night of his murder in January 1921. Madge and Carrie Daly were sisters of Ned Daly, the youngest of the men executed after the 1916 Rising.
taken from 
Franz S. Haselbeck's Ireland - Selected Photographs compiled by Patricia Haselbeck Flynn, published by The Collins Press, 2013
Group of Limerick City Volunteers and Cumann Na mBan at Laffans Field, Killonan, Limerick, in 1915. Back (lr): Ned OToole, James ODriscoll, Alphonsus OHalloran, John Grant, James Ledden, Liam Forde, George Clancy, David Hennessy James Kirby, James MacInerney, Stephen Dineen, Commandant Michael Colivet, James Dalton, Patrick Walsh, Robert Monteith; front (lr): Mrs Bermingham, Mary Clancy, Miss Downey, Mrs MacCormack, Eileen Crowe, Eileen ODonoghue, Siún OFarrell, Madge Daly (president of the Limerick branch of Cumann na mBan), Carrie Daly. M

AN exhibition of rare photographs documenting life in Ireland over a century ago has gone on display to the public as part of Limerick's reign as national City of Culture.

The Haselbeck Collection is regarded as one of the country's most important private photographic collections.

The collection features archival images, documents and photographic equipment from the studio of Franz S Haselbeck, who was a professional photographer in Limerick city from 1912 until he died in 1973.

Some of the earliest photographs featured in the exhibition relate to the Irish Volunteers and the Royal Irish Constabulary in 1913 and 1914, at a time when the world was heading towards war and Ireland was striving for Home Rule.

The exhibition also features photographs relating to major infrastructure and industrial projects in Limerick city and southeast Clare, including Irish Wire on the Dock Road, Ranks Flour Mill, Mungret Cement Factory and the construction of the Shannon Scheme at Ardnacrusha.

The exhibition of rare photographs documenting life in Limerick city and its environs, including southeast Clare and Kerry, during the last century was launched last night at Limerick City Hall and runs for January and February.

Patricia Haselbeck Flynn, who inherited The Haselbeck Collection in 1990, has offered the use of the collection to her native city. See http://www.limerick.ie/ cityarchives/haselbeck/ or contact Limerick City Archives on 061-407293.

Irish Independent

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