When the dark cow leaves the moor

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When: 01 January 1910

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Thomas MacDonagh and friend in a really pleasant, casual portrait. One thing we can be sure of is that this was taken no later than 1916, and as MacDonagh is mature, probably some time after 1900. Who is his friend, and what can we find out about this photograph?

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Collection: Irish Political Figures Photographic Collection

Date: ca. 1900-1916

NLI Ref: NPA POLF111

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    O Mac

    • 03/Dec/2020 09:08:37

    Lovely title.. worth seeing it all. LAMENT FOR THOMAS MACDONAGH by Francis Ledwidge He shall not hear the bittern cry In the wild sky, where he is lain, Nor voices of the sweeter birds Above the wailing of the rain. Nor shall he know when loud March blows Thro' slanting snows her fanfare shrill, Blowing to flame the golden cup Of many an upset daffodil. But when the dark cow leaves the moor, And pastures poor with greedy weeds, Perhaps he'll hear her low at morn Lifting her horn in pleasant meads.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 03/Dec/2020 09:31:47

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thank you, it has been a favourite of mine all my life!

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    O Mac

    • 03/Dec/2020 09:36:57

    National Library of Ireland on The Commons Same as... Tis ingrained on my brain's hard drive since primary school. I wonder could the other fella be his brother John seen here? catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000537189/MooviewerImg?mobile...

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    Carol Maddock

    • 03/Dec/2020 10:30:22

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/cassidyphotography] No, definitely not Seán MacDermott / Mac Diarmada.

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    minions & myrmidons

    • 03/Dec/2020 12:08:48

    wow.....well, that beats "two roads diverged in a yellow wood", what we learned in school here in america. a beautiful piece. why i think the irish are the best with words. thanks for the titie, i dropped in for the two guys and walked away with a gift.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 03/Dec/2020 12:26:48

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] you are welcome! Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 03/Dec/2020 13:54:39

    www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ I was comparing the shape of the ears with the photo above and a photo of McDermott.

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    suckindeesel

    • 03/Dec/2020 14:14:49

    Letter written to his family on the eve of his execution “I was astonished to receive by a messenger from P.H. Pearse, Commandant General of the Army of the Irish Republic, an order to surrender unconditionally to the British General. I did not obey the order as it came from a prisoner. I as then in supreme command of the Irish Army, consulted with my second in command and decided to confirm the order. I knew that it would involve my death and the deaths of other leaders. I hoped that it would save many true men among our followers, good lives for Ireland. God grant it has done so and God approve our deed. For my self I have no regret. The one bitterness that death has for me is the separation it brings from my beloved wife Muriel, and my beloved children, Donagh and Barbara. My country will then treat them as wards, I hope. I have devoted myself too much to National work and too little to the making of money to leave them a competence. God help them and support them, and give them a happy and prosperous life. Never was there a better, truer, purer woman then my wife Muriel, or more adorable children than Don and Barbara. It breaks my heart that I shall never see my children again, but I have not wept or murmured. I counted the cost of this and am ready to pay it. Muriel has been sent for here. I do not know if she can come. She may have no one to take the children while she is coming. If she does”.

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    O Mac

    • 03/Dec/2020 14:47:20

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Ledwidge know here as "Poet of the blackbirds" War poet died Passchendaele in 1917.

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    suckindeesel

    • 03/Dec/2020 17:58:14

    MacDonagh was in the first group of three men shot at dawn on May 3, 1916, with Pearse and Clarke. Their bodies were taken in secret to the military chapel at Arbour Hill, Dublin, and buried in an unmarked, common grave

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    O Mac

    • 03/Dec/2020 18:01:06

    Similar hairlines, scraggly hair, strong noses,jaws, full lips, betcha they're brothers.

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    suckindeesel

    • 03/Dec/2020 20:00:16

    The “dark cow” of the final stanza symbolises Ireland, taken from old legends that predate Christianity. The cow leaves behind “pastures poor with greedy weeds,” just as Ireland will leave behind the regime of British landownership and regulations

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    silverio10

    • 03/Dec/2020 20:04:01

    Buena serie de fotos antiguas .

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    suckindeesel

    • 03/Dec/2020 20:28:10

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/50676067993/in/photostream/lightbox/ Brother Joseph, for comparison

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 04/Dec/2020 09:17:42

    www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ thinking the same, but decided to go with McDermott, because the ears are very similar in this photo and one I came across of McDermott, though someone above thinks not.

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    TurlachMacD

    • 03/Jul/2021 23:14:01

    I'm one of the great grand children of Thomas. I'll pass this along to my Da and a couple cousins who may well know. Please feel free to reach out to myself for pictures of related to the MacDonaghs or Giffords. I'll happily ask the family if I don't know, I learn a lot from asking questions and in my family there is no shortage of interesting surprises in the answers.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 03/Jul/2021 23:54:33

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/turlach We look forward to hearing what your Da has to say. Mary