• A O H. - Philip Ward
  • AOH = Ancient Order of Hibernians. The AOH had close links with the Irish Parliamentary Party of which John Redmond was leader. At least three of these ladies are wearing their AOH tag. - RETRO STU

January 25, 1914

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This photo was taken on the same day as a studio portrait of John Redmond, M.P. so it is safe to assume that this is Redmond's wife Ada (with the bouquet), née Beesley from Warwickshire. Redmond married her in 1899. His first wife, Irish-Australian Johanna Dalton had died in 1889.

Think you'll all agree that this is one of the finest arrays of early 20th century ladies' millinery in our collections...

Date: Sunday, 25 January 1914

NLI Ref.: P_WP_2527a

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  1. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 27 months ago | reply

    Oh, absolutely! And I take your point about our feathered and four-legged friends. I was nearly going to add this one to our animal set: 4 Legs Good, 2 Legs Bad...

  2. Philip Ward 27 months ago | reply

    A number of the ladies are sporting AOH badges. Large groups in a small studio are all ways challenging but to also add large hats!.Mr Poole I salute you sir!.

  3. debcronem 27 months ago | reply

    amazing portrait! I wonder how would be like these people in the modern days... Pictures like this really are a time machine in many aspects

  4. Patrick_Foto 27 months ago | reply

    If you want to get ahead ...get a hat! Wonderful shot Carol

  5. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 27 months ago | reply

    They are indeed! Have scrutinised the badges from all angles, but can't make out the rest of the wording...

    Mr Poole and his painstaking staff are long overdue an official salute, so I might upload a photo of A.H. himself one of the days, what do you think?

  6. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 27 months ago | reply

    Thank you. These look like formidable women, who could have run a small country before breaking for tea at 4 o'clock!

  7. Philip Ward 27 months ago | reply

    Carol,that would be great.

  8. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 27 months ago | reply

    Grand! A portrait of A.H. Poole himself on the the list then...

  9. John Edward Ewing [deleted] 27 months ago | reply

    Nice Portrait & Place. So many Lovely Ladies.

  10. mgw_wgw 27 months ago | reply

    Very nice formal portrait :)

  11. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 27 months ago | reply

    Thanks and Happy Australia Day to you! :)

  12. mogey 27 months ago | reply

    Query.....what is AOH?

  13. mogey 27 months ago | reply

    just googled it....ancient order of hibernians

  14. hafizaraii 27 months ago | reply

    huwaaaaaaaaaa. nice.

  15. desmondg47 26 months ago | reply

    John Redmond was MP for Waterford city at the time.

  16. Sarah K Mc 15 months ago | reply

    Well done on getting into the Flickr Blog!

  17. Peace Faith Love 15 months ago | reply

    I am really fond of the one on the far left of the photo ("stage right"), she's pretty cute !

  18. eyrieowl 15 months ago | reply

    The lady in the back, the exceptionally tall one...was she actually present? She looks much "flatter" than the others (and exceptionally tall), almost as though they posed in front of a portrait and left a space for the subject. If she was there, and that tall, she must have been truly an exceptional woman at that time, she stands nearly a head and shoulders taller than any of the rest.

  19. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 15 months ago | reply

    She was definitely present! Tall? Or perhaps the others were quite short? :)

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