CONNOLLY, James. Original Photograph of James Connolly, head and shoulders. By Keogh Bros., Ltd., 124 St. Stephens Green and 75 Dorset St., Dublin. 100 x 150mm [Photo], 200 x 310mm [Mount].
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With tissue guard, in photographer’s folder, signed in ink on upper cover ‘Keogh Bros Ltd’. In superb condition. Origional photographs of Connolly are of the utmost rarity.
James Connolly (1868-1916), born in Edinburgh of Monaghan parents. Ex British Army, married a Wicklow lass. Came to Ireland in 1896 and founded ‘The Worker’s Republic’, the first Irish socialist newspaper. Organised, trained and was Commandant of the Irish Citizen Army. When the secret military council of the I.R.B. called for an armed rising in 1916, Connolly was part of the organising team along with Pearse and McDonagh. He commanded the volunteers in the G.P.O. on Easter Monday and he was one of the seven signatories of the Proclamation. During the action in the G.P.O. he was badly wounded. Captured and court-martialled, he was executed by firing squad in Kilmainham, while tied to a chair as he could not stand. His writings are an invaluable source on the labour movement in Ireland.
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