This photo from the National Archives is described as a Kerry Peasant. We don't know where it was taken but he looks like a man who is setting out for a day in the bog. One thing that fascinates me is the birdcage on the wall to his right.
When I came to Listowel first in the 1970's practically every second house on Charles St. had a birdcage outside the door.
I looked up the history of caged birds as pets. It seems that as early as 4000 years ago people kept birds as pets for their beauty. Parrots were a favourite of the Greeks. In the Roman household one slave was totally employed looking after the family pet. Watching the parrot talking was the equivalent of today's television!
In Renaissance and medieval Europe birds were kept only by royalty and the wealthy. Bird cages were ornamental and often a focal feature in the family drawing room.
In the 15th century the humble canary became popular. Miners used this poor bird to detect poisonous gasses in the mines.
Nowadays some breeds of bird are bred only in captivity and do not exist in the wild. Keeping birds is still a popular hobby but not in Listowel I think.
On a completely different topic; take a look at these photos. These are mugshots of Irish Australian criminals in the 1920s. You were obviously encouraged to "pose" for the camera. Any of these look familiar?
The photos were released by the Australian police Dept.