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Help identifying an old uniform

Postby DrNightdub on Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:07 am


A friend of my dad is trying to put a rough date on the attached photo of his grandfather - Laurence McKenna, the one standing beside the priest. He was originally from Belfast but joined the National Army / Defence Forces at some point.

To my amateur eye, the uniform looks more like that of the Irish Volunteers - Civil War era National Army tunics had a vertical collar whereas the three soldiers in the pic are wearing shirts and ties. The inscription on the base of the statue is in Irish which makes me think the photo was more likely taken in the Free State.

Can anyone offer any help?

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Re: Help identifying an old uniform

Postby michaelcarragher on Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:21 pm


the skyline suggests the Kerry Reeks, but I'm afraid I can offer no better help. Hope someone else can.
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Re: Help identifying an old uniform

Postby Sheila on Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:10 am

I guess that type of uniform was during the time of Hitler.
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Re: Help identifying an old uniform

Postby brendan on Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:27 pm

no, not really - it is Ireland, probably in the early 1920s in the aftermath of independence and civil war
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