Back in action after Irelands first ever Bank Holiday celebration of Féile lá le Bríde
(The festival of St. Brigids Day) or even Imbolg
the ancient Celtic name for the first day of Spring! And what better way to mark a new beginning than with the image of a happy couple on their wedding day? Just after the end of the dreadful Emergency in Ireland and the Second World War everywhere else white dresses and dress suits were out of the reach of most people and so the ladies wear Costumes and hats while the men wear the good suits! Commissioned by Mr. William Ward of New Ross we can hope that they had a long and happy life together!
Photographer: A. H. Poole
Collection: Poole Photographic Studio
Date: November 1945
NLI Ref: POOLEWP 4511
You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie
Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
as we have all seen before, finery backed with tatty carpets (!) ... maybe that was another impact of "the emergency" (!). welcome back after the new holiday ...
A good schoolfriend of mine many decades ago in Lincolnshire was a certain Tony Ward. His father (Noel, I think, but I may be wrong) was a doctor who originally came from New Ross (and he was a very good billiards player). I wonder ... P.S. I can't see any family resemblance between the gents pictured and my friend. Quite the opposite in fact.
In 1970, Ward's of Mary St, "electrical business premises with living accommodation" was put up for sale by directions of Mrs C. Ward. (New Ross Standard - Saturday 17 October 1970)
... but in 1955 it was Joseph Ward of Mary Street (phone 147) who was an electrical contractor advertising his service in the field of Rural Electification. (New Ross Standard - Friday 18 March 1955)
Looking backwards at four Wards.
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Bingo! My schoolfrield is related to the Wards of Mary Street (unless there was more than one Ward family in Mary Street). New Ross Standard - Friday 12 July 1957:
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner Consider this? In February 2023 the National Library of Ireland uploads a photograph of a wedding that took place in New Ross in November of 1945. One of the Library's leading contributors, a native of the North of England, was a friend of a relative of the family portrayed in the image and can make a connection across the generations! The world is just one big village!!!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland I'll have to get in contact with Tony to see if he can shed any light on the photo - he's now a distinguished consultant orthopaedic surgeon and I've found an email address for him. And a current picture of him. He looks just like his dad, and nothing like the two men pictured, which suggests (to me at least) that bride is the Ward connection (if there is one)..
Joseph Ward's address was 7 Mary St according to many adverts, William Ward's was 19 Mary Street according to the catalogue. Perhaps there is no connection after all. Or perhaps the Krazy Kataloger up to her or his old tricks.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Fantastic, well done!!
Where's Mr. McAuley when you need him? There are no Ward's listed in the 1911 census in New Ross but there is a Ward family in Enniscorthy. The youngest member of that family is William aged 9 which could easily be either of the two men in the photo? Niall would probably have access to some other sources of information.
I've just located the below in the Irish Independent for 2009! ONE OF the town's best known residents was laid to rest last week at the age of 82 years. The late Gerald Ward of St Mary's Terrace, New Ross passed away peacefully in Wexford General Hospital in the very early hours of Easter Saturday morning, having previously been in the care of the staff in New Ross Community Hospital for a few weeks. He was a very well-known man in New Ross, where he was always involved in much of the town's life. Born and reared on Mary Street in New Ross, Gerald was the son of Tina (nee Browne) and Joe Ward, with just one brother Dr. Noel Ward. As a young boy, he was educated locally in the CBS Primary School and upon finishing school he went to work in his father's businesses. His father was the proprietor of two well-known shops in New Ross – an electrical shop based on Mary Street and an ice cream parlour and sweet shop located on South Street.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie Joseph Ward's obituary in the New Ross Standard on Saturday 29 January 1966The "came to New Ross about fifty years ago" would explain his absence from the New Ross census results.
The picture description mentions the Emergency. During the Emergency, Joseph Ward was Group Leader of New Ross Group of the Local Security Force.(LSF). In March 1942 he said at a meeting of the LSF "In certain circumstances the lives of every man, woman and child in the town may depend on us, To prepare, and train, and to be able to carry out our duties to the civilian population when required, was a matter of conscience with us all." But, he also said that there would soon be a full day call out, and also a full night call out, but only "as soon as the fine weather came"! Another comment made at the meeting was that the authorities still hadn't provided uniforms.