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Irish Guards' Mascot - Leitrim Boy

A very young member of the Irish Guards, pictured at Waterford Barracks with the regiment's mascot, an Irish Wolfhound.


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. "


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!). Thanks to Niall McAuley for providing us with this great link to Irish Guards' mascots down through the centuries, including our lovely Leitrim Boy.


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."


Date: Wednesday, 21 February 1917


NLI Ref.: P_WP_2708

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Taken on February 21, 1917