Dev and the Rev!
Day 4 of Tynan week ..A really interesting shot from todays Tynan image the significance of which the NLI cataloguer appears to have missed, probably due to her youth? Eamon deValera in conversation with a cleric accompanied by a politician, an aide-de-camp and the local Garda Superintendent before what appears to be the pupils of a boys school. I will be watching with bated breath to see if we can be as successful in identifying the other participants and the occasion?..Following initial investigations by BeachcomberAustralia ( /photos/beachcomberaustralia/ ) , sharon.corbet ( /photos/scorbet/ ) was able to identify the occasion, and Carol Maddock ( /photos/[email protected]/ ) to corroborate it. In the process the participants were also confirmed. In short, this photo was taken on 4 April 1959 at the opening of the first Gaeltacht secondary school to be opened under a Roinn na Gaeltachta grant scheme. Ard Scoil Mhuire, in Derrybeg/Gweedore was opened on by Taoiseach, Eamon de Valera, with a blessing by Bishop McNeely of Raphoe, with army representation from Dev's aide-de-damp, Lt. Col. Sean Brennan and Garda representation from Insp Sheehan and Supt Convery.......Photographers: Denis Tynan 1923 - 2010..Collection: Tynan Photographic Collection ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Collection/vtls000314725 ) ..Date: Catalogue range c.1950-1960. Almost certainly 4 April 1959...NLI Ref: NPA TYN34 ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000740415 ) ..You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie ( http://catalogue.nli.ie )