We have had the pleasure of meeting Art Ó'Brían before but in top hat and tails! Here he is in less formal attire with the staff who supported him in his role. It would be really interesting to find out who those people were and perhaps what became of them?
With thanks to our contributors, and in particular our own Carol Maddock
, it seems that this image is described in that recent tome the 'Atlas of the Irish Revolution'. It describes this as an image of Art Ó Briain's embassy staff, specifically:
"(front, L to R): Liam Moore, Fintan Murphy, Ó Briain, C.B. Dutton;
(back, L to R): Seán Molloy, Maeve O'Brien, Paddy Codyre.
In March 1919 Ó Briain was officially appointed Dáil Éireann envoy to Great Britain. His bureau located off the Strand (City of Westminster) employed a small 'embassy' staff [..] Significant international relations were developed. Between 1919 and 1920 Ó Briain met with and advised Saad Zaghloul, the Egyptian revolutionary and statesman, in the latter's negotiations with the British government. He also became a close associate of the Indian nationalist and communist Shapurji Saklatvala. Ó Briain also collaborated with Scottish National League leaders William Gillies and Ruaraidh Erskine of Marr....
Collection: Irish Political Figures Photographic Collection
Date: Catalogue range c.1919-1924. Perhaps c.1919-1920
NLI Ref: NPA POLF215
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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