Can’t help with regards to the equipment but the short chap on the right is my great-grandfather, Joseph Byrne. He was member of Fianna Eireann, the Dublin Brigade and ‘The Squad’.
Found the the news paper clipping of this pic in my mothers collection. It was published in the Evening Herald on Tuesday 6th Feb 1962, a short while after my great-grandfather passed away and within the same week that his brother Captain Patrick Byrne passed away.
According to the news paper article, this picture shows Sergeant Joseph Byrne mounting the first guard at Beggars Bush after the take over on February 1, 1922. Apparently the British had not waited to hand over the barracks and instead left 2 members of the D.M.P to hand over instead. The other two men in the picture are listed as Volunteers Michael Dunne and Paddy Mullins.
I would to know what the leather equipment the soldiers are wearing. If anyone can help me with that I would appreciate it.
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