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Where: Wexford, Ireland

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When: 08 May 1935

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Choosing photos for this stream is an interesting process, but whenever a photo makes me laugh that more or less clinches a slot, and that's what happened when I came across this one. Hope you like it too...

So, presenting the pupils at Good Counsel College (definitely) in New Ross, Co. Wexford (we thought). And we now know we were right about New Ross, thanks to eyelightfilms who found this on the Good Counsel College website:
"From 1890 until 1980 the old Good Counsel College stood in the heart of New Ross. It was a small boarding school which catered for students from all parts of Ireland."

See our Flickr map above right for the location of this photo unearthed by blackpoolbeach on an OSI historic map.

And thanks to Michael Muldoon for this lovely information about one of the boys, who was his uncle:
"I recognise one of the boys as the late Charles Muldoon from Tiernascragh in Co.Galway. He is the boy with glasses standing with his left shoulder against the downpipe. He was about 18 years old at the time and went on to be ordained an Augustinian priest in Rome during W.W.2. He later served in Australia, Limerick and Galway before retiring from San Francisco around 1985. Had a reputation for being a fine bridge player. He was very proud of his poker school in New Ross which by all accounts was quite profitable. He was even prouder of getting wind of a crackdown by the authorities and selling the deck of cards just days before they were confiscated. There is a possibility that some of these boys are still alive and might be able to put names to the happy faces. Surely one of the finest school photos I have ever seen."

Photographer: A.H. Poole Studio Photographer

Collection: Poole Photographic Collection

Date: Wednesday, 8 May 1935

NLI Ref.: POOLEWP 4087

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    eyelightfilms

    • 08/May/2012 08:56:09

    From their website... From 1890 until 1980 the old Good Counsel College stood in the heart of New Ross. It was a small boarding school which catered for students from all parts of Ireland. Quite a bit of variation in the school uniform here. Some with ties, some without, and several different tie designs. Some with waistcoat, some without. And many with no uniform.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/May/2012 09:08:04

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/eyelightfilms Thanks for the confirmation on New Ross! Wonder if it was an easy-going environment at this school - not such strict regulation of uniforms?

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    Peter Denton

    • 08/May/2012 09:53:23

    I love the informality of this group shot - and what's so noticeable is that the kids clearly had a terrific relationship with the staff: arms draped round each other, even two boys sitting on masters' shoulders. Looks like it was a fine school with a happy atmosphere.

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    eyelightfilms

    • 08/May/2012 10:43:56

    Not a cleric in sight. Wonder if that made the difference.

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    swordscookie back and trying to catch up!

    • 08/May/2012 11:15:01

    Marvellous school shot. Instead of standing to attention in lines waiting for execution they are all relaxed and at ease. Wonderful memory for the lot of them.

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    Ikatadmirer

    • 08/May/2012 15:20:43

    late 1940s?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/May/2012 19:09:08

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/eyelightfilms Well, it was run by the Augustinian Order...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/May/2012 19:10:41

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie Hope somebody who knows some of them spots this photo. It'd be great to put names to some of these smiling faces! Good catch on the hobnailed boots.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/May/2012 19:11:46

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Nope! Wednesday, 8 May 1935. Taken 77 years ago today.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/May/2012 19:13:07

    Still no exact location, people, so would appreciate help with that! Good Counsel College website just says "in the heart of New Ross" until 1980...

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    dorameulman

    • 09/May/2012 00:32:26

    Another great old photo :)

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    blackpoolbeach

    • 09/May/2012 03:36:05

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] Here is a Friary and College in New Ross. Just a guess. maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V1,671950,627687,7,9 Google Street View calls it St Augustine's Church g.co/maps/y5fg4

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    maorlando - God keeps me as I lean on Him!!

    • 09/May/2012 04:06:30

    The clarity & details of this vintage B&W is wonderful... so much to see in this school photo... very interesting!!!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 12/May/2012 13:27:12

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackpoolbeach Very happy with that location, thanks. Good Counsel was one of only two schools in Ireland run by the Augustinian order, so Friary/College on OSI map and St. Augustines's Church on Street View both gel.

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    Inverarra

    • 07/Jul/2012 12:33:01

    I recognise one of the boys as the late Charles Muldoon from Tiernascragh in Co.Galway. He is the boy with glasses standing with his left shoulder against the downpipe. He was about 18 years old at the time and went on to be ordained an Augustinian priest in Rome during W.W.2. He later served in Australia, Limerick and Galway before retiring from San Francisco around 1985. Had a reputation for being a fine bridge player. He was very proud of his poker school in New Ross which by all accounts was quite profitable. He was even prouder of getting wind of a crackdown by the authorities and selling the deck of cards just days before they were confiscated. There is a possibility that some of these boys are still alive and might be able to put names to the happy faces. Surely one of the finest school photos I have ever seen.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 07/Jul/2012 12:56:37

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thank you so much for this invaluable information! We love when we get personal information like this, as it really brings our photos to life. Charles Muldoon sounds like a great character, and love the idea of his clandestine poker school! If it's alright with you, I'm adding your comment to the description under the photo so that people don't miss it down here at the bottom. How did you know Charles?

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    Inverarra

    • 07/Jul/2012 13:32:03

    Charles was my uncle and was indeed a great character. He used to delight in talking about his monthly retirement cheque from San Francisco diocese. He would speculate that every month the bishop would turn to his secretary and say "Is Muldoon still alive"? And every month the secretary would be forced to sorrowfully reply " He is, my Lord". This was all followed by a great laugh. He is fondly remembered by his many friends and a host of nephews and nieces.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 07/Jul/2012 14:09:46

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Absolutely gorgeous story! :D And thanks again from all of us at Library Towers. Your lovely contribution is exactly why we're on Flickr...

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    Inverarra

    • 07/Jul/2012 15:33:53

    Thank you for your kind comments and thanks for all the great photos you have posted. It was just by chance I came across this one and it has been very enjoyable to be able to pass the link on to my siblings and cousins. Keep up the good work..

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 07/Jul/2012 16:16:30

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] You're more than welcome, and will do!

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    [email protected]

    • 17/Jul/2012 23:56:59

    I am one of Charles Muldoon's nieces, 62 years old and living in New Zealand. Thanks to all who made it possible to view this photograph. It has given me great pleasure.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 18/Jul/2012 07:56:35

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] You are very welcome! It was so great to hear from your cousin(?) Inverarra about your uncle Charles...

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    Salty Windows

    • 25/May/2013 00:26:20

    Was there in the 70s. Boarding school with lads from all over the south and east of Ireland. The dormitories were where the boys are pictured hanging out the windows. At the other side of the dormitory was a ball alley and beyond that was the older ball alley from the other photograph (www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/5774774659/). Through the door and down the stairs were the classrooms. Even down there the classrooms were on a well elevated height overlooking the town and river. I spent most of Irish class looking out the window at the birds wondering how they managed to fly (I ended up working in an airport). Behind the photographer was the refectory and a church. Schools in the town shared teaching resources. Girls came to our school for Biology class and some of us went to the CBS and the brilliant Brother Hurley for Maths class. The CBS is in the background of the ball alley photo.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/Jun/2013 13:55:47

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thank you for this information - again, it's great to receive info that brings our photos to life from someone who was on the spot - even though it was 4 decades after our photo was taken!

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    patrickjosephmarian

    • 24/Oct/2017 07:13:14

    Charles Muldoon is buried in the grounds of The RC Church of Tiernascragh, Co. Galway. He made world medical history by being the first successful eye transplant patient in the World. The operation was carried out in New York and reported widely in the newspapers at the time in the 1960's.