A postcard of General Richard Mulcahy, T.D., Commander-in-Chief National Army. Oval portrait in military uniform. Signed by Risteárd Ua Maolchatha and dated 3rd December, 1923. Photograph by Lafayette and published by Eason & Son of Dublin. 89 x 139mm. Small crease along head, otherwise in very good condition. Rare.
Richard James Mulcahy (1886-1971), politician, army general and commander-in-chief, leader of Fine Gael and cabinet minister, was born in Waterford. He fought in the 1916 Easter Rising, served as Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army during the War of Independence and became commander of the pro-treaty forces in the Irish Civil War after the death of Michael. Around the time of signing this photograph, he was very busy building the National Army and sorting out the Liam Tobin affair.