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Irish National League Banner – Ardcroney Branch

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A double-sided green silk polychrome oil painted banner with central roundel and decorative shamrock tracery. On the front, a portrait of James Dillon, with appliquéd four provinces of Ireland and lettering reading, ‘Ardcroney Branch I.N.League’.

Below is an appliquéd coat of arms and an Irish greyhound. On the reverse, are a painted round tower and monastic ruin against a dawn landscape with an appliquéd Celtic cross and greyhound. Appliquéd lettering above and below reads, ‘God save Ireland, Union is Strength’.

These banners date from the approximately 1880 on. In the right-hand corner of the front roundel there is a signature, ‘W. O’Grady’ and a label ‘W. O’Grady, Manufacturer, Dublin’. The banner is both machine and hand stitched using a double piece of heavyweight, tabby weave, green silk.

The appliqué is in various fabrics. The banner is bordered on all four sides with gold metal thread fringing. A wooden pole, for carrying, runs along the top edge of the banner.

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