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Leitrim Boy

Irish Guards' Band Drummer Boy, pictured at Waterford Barracks with the regiment's mascot, an Irish Wolfhound.


Believe it or not, we now have a name for this dog. He was Leitrim Boy, out of Galtee Boy and Carlow Nora. Leitrim Boy was born on Tuesday, 12 November 1907, and so would have been 9

years old when this photo was taken (or 63 in dog years!).


As was pointed out below by a few people, the Irish Guards were on the Western Front in 1917, but as ofarrl said:

"I think the most likely explanation for the presence of the Irish Guards, or at least the band members, in Waterford would have been for the purposes of recruitment, they did a similar tour of Ireland in April 1915."


I thought that the dog must have moved, because on zooming in, there seemed to be a ghostly leg, and some obvious remedial work on his tail. James Guerin explained this effect:

"I think the 'ghost' is the original position of the dog's tail and maybe this was too 'between it's legs' for the owner. Seems a bit bizarre to edit it but maybe this was a 2nd version and the owner ended up going for the original print as the edit was too obvious. "


Photographer: A.H. Poole Studo Photographer


Collection: Poole Photographic Collection


Date: Wednesday, 21 February 1917


NLI Ref.: POOLEWP 2708


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Taken on February 21, 1917