Thursday, March 17, 2016

Postcard from St Enda's School - Part II #1916 #290

More from the Eileen Ryan Collection. Below are three more postcards featuring St Enda's School for boys in Rathfarnham founded and managed by Patrick Pearse. These three postcards are part of a collection printed to raise money for the school. A collection of five of these postcards made €160 at a Whyte's auction in 2013 - they are not very rare and not worth a lot of money. 

The first postcard features boys swimming in a "Bathing Pool" - with their arms crossed they look like they are freezing cold! The second is a boring postcard featuring the school's Study Hall. The third looks the most interesting. It is the school's Junior Hurling Team who won the Dublin Schools Cup in 1911. I'm sure that several of these boys went on to fight in the 1916 rising. However, their names are in Irish only on the postcard and I can't tell if any of this team actually took part in the Rising. According to an Irish Times article "1916: The Revolution of the Young" from 23rd September 2015 last: "A large group from St Enda’s Secondary School in Rathfarnham joined Na Fianna, and even the IRB, and 15 of these later joined in the 1916 rebellion". A Junior Cup holders in 1911, I'm guessing that the boys are about 15 or 16 in the photo below, which would make them old enough at 19 or 20 to fight in the Rising. 

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