Eugene Dunphy, a music teacher in Belfast has been gathering information concerning the life and times of the blind Irish music collector, Carl Gilbert Hardebeck (1869-1945) which he intends to include in a book he is writing.
In his search for more information he has sent us this intriguing photograph taken in 1915 by Donnchadh Ó Dubhghaill at Cloughaneely College where Hardebeck was learning Irish. He spent his entire life as a staunch advocate for the Irish language.
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Regarding the photograph, he has included the names of of the people he has been successful in identifying - so far.
In the front row, seated and wearing a black hat, is Carl Hardebeck. The second woman on his left is Ide Ní Neill, sister of a member of the British Parliament, from Cushendall. In centre is Úna Ní Fhairceallaigh (a founder of the College); near her is Professor Eamonn Ó Tuathail; near him is Seamus Ó Searcaigh (another founder) and beside him is ‘Fionn Mac Cumhaill’; standing at the beginning of this row is Seamus Ó Grianna (‘Máire). The priest behind ‘Fionn Mac Cumhaill’ is An Dochtuir Ro-Urramach Mac Aogain, later Bishop of Down and Connor. In the same row, close to the centre, is An t-Athair Lorcan Ó Muireadhaigh. In the last row, near the window, is Seosamh Pluincead.
But, who are the other people?
If you can throw any light on who they might be, contact Eugene at: firstname.lastname@example.org