Irish National Foresters Tuam Dr Mac Evilly Branch, photograph

Repository: Galway County Council Archives

Identity Statement

TitleIrish National Foresters Tuam Dr Mac Evilly Branch, photograph
Archive ReferenceIE GCCA GS10/01
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1905
Extent Medium1 item


Creator(s): Irish National Foresters Tuam Dr Mac Evilly Branch

  • Administrative History ↴

    The Irish National Foresters' Benefit Society (Coillteoirí Náisiúnta na hÉireann began in 1877 as a breakaway from the Ancient Order of Foresters which was set up in England by serfs. Because they could not meet openly, they gathered in dense forest and gave names associated with forestry to their leaders. The self-help Order of Foresters gave the title of Chief Ranger and Assistant Chief Ranger to the men at the top, and members of the executive of local branches were called Woodward, Beadle and other names associated with their secret meeting places. The I.N.F grew rapidly and soon became the largest friendly society in Ireland. It supported Irish nationalism and its constitution called for 'government for Ireland by the Irish people in accordance with Irish ideas and Irish aspirations'. The rules of the I.N.F were those of the parent body. It is non-sectarian, non-political and there is no class distinction. It is a mutual aid society, established to help members in distress and the relatives of members who have died. With the establishment of the Irish Free State and the gradual expansion of the social welfare system, the INF went into decline. Some branches, particularly in Northern Ireland, continue to exist. Their sash as pale emerald green attached at both ends by a gold thread button. The edges were bordered by an embroidered gold thread pattern. The crest of the Irish National Foresters - a gold thread embroidered harp - was in the centre. There are initials above the crest and three gold thread embroidered clovers (three leafed) and initials below the crest. At each end are gold corded tassels. Retrieved from
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Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Irish National Foresters Tuam Dr Mac Evilly Branch ↴

    Sepia mounted group photograph of Irish National Foresters Tuam Dr Mac Evilly Branch, includes four rows of men, the nine men in the front row are all seated and wear sashes. The group is outside [Guys’Hotel], Tuam, with a branch banner hanging from the upper windows, and with several children standing to the left and right of the photograph. Most men are wearing hats, primarily bowler, though two of the seated men have boaters, some of the group are wearing caps, most appear to be wearing suits and ties, and many have moustaches. As most also appear to be wearing a ribbon or rosette this photograph may have been taken on St. Patrick’s Day.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    One item only – no arrangement applicable

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Available by appointment. Unrestricted access. The material in this collection is available to all bona fide researchers by appointment only, and subject to the conditions of access governing the consultation of archival material at Galway County Council Archives.
Conditions Governing ReproductionNo material may be reproduced from this collection without the written permission of the archivist, and reproductions are subject to the conditions of access.
Creation Dates1905
Extent Medium1 item
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Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NotePatria McWalter
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions2010