November 7, 1922
This is Paul (or perhaps James) Hetherington, an officer in the National Army during the Irish Civil War. Any help with rank would be welcome, as our metadata gives Compt. - presumably should be Commdt.? While in another photo taken on the same day, he's referred to as Capt.
Also, according to our catalogue, this photo was taken at The Union, Waterford. We asked if there is/was such a place, and desmondg47 suggested that:
"Photo may have been taken at the union (Poor Law Union) workhouse on John's Hill Waterford. Now partially demolished and known as St Patrick's Hospital." Can anyone else confirm this??
ofarrl Tells us " I'm pretty certain this is Commandant Patrick "Paddy" Paul, comptroller is incorrect in this case. A few months previous to this photo being taken Paul took part in the siege of Waterford when it was occupied by anti treaty forces.
The Union, Waterford mentioned above very likely refers to Kilmacthomas Workhouse which was used by the Free State army and referred to as Union Barracks.
Date: 7 November 1922
NLI Ref.: P_WP_3073