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19-01-2019, 16:54   #1
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Irish National Foresters

The 1919 death notice for one of mine describes him as a member of the Dr. Croke branch of the Irish National Foresters.
The chap, based in Dublin but possibly from Wicklow, worked for W. H. Fletcher of Corporation Market, fruit merchants.

I haven't come across the Foresters before and I'm wondering is there anything I can infer from someones membership of the organisation.
Also, would there be any records of same?
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The 1919 death notice for one of mine describes him as a member of the Dr. Croke branch of the Irish National Foresters.
The chap, based in Dublin but possibly from Wicklow, worked for W. H. Fletcher of Corporation Market, fruit merchants.

I haven't come across the Foresters before and I'm wondering is there anything I can infer from someones membership of the organisation.
Also, would there be any records of same?
They were a nationalist body, but not overtly political.

A sort of nationalist equivalent to the loyal orders in Ulster.

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The only thing I would infer is financial prudence/responsibility and possibly a slight sympathy with (or tacit acceptance of ) the Nationalist cause. In that era the Foresters was primarily the equivalent of today’s Friendly Society, and its main purpose was to provide life, accident and sickness protection for its members, who paid their subscription every week and were able to claim when the need arose. They also had savings accounts.
There is a lot online, including old B&W Pathe films of their parades in Dublin.
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Hi Hermy. I come from an area where there are still active branches of the Foresters - one in Camlough, and another in Newry. I don't know any members personally and tbh don't know much about them. I do recall band parades, as a teenage boy, in the 80s. I always thought they were a Catholic fraternal organization that had bars where you could buy cheap pints!

Would I be correct in saying they're not unlike the A.O.H?

I meant to add and forgot but we used to jokingly refer to them as Green Orangemen!

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Would I be correct in saying they're not unlike the A.O.H?

I meant to add and forgot but we used to jokingly refer to them as Green Orangemen!
The Foresters are non-sectarian, unlike the Orangemen and the AOH.

Some historic detail HERE from an Australian site

There are ten branches surviving in the Republic, now supervised and on the Register of Friendly Societies. The main branch (Reg. no. 504INF) appears to be in Co. Offaly, with a registered address at Church St, Tullamore. They might point to a Dublin contact.

Some interesting film clips
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UAVcV3jAjI
https://www.britishpathe.com/video/i...ers-procession

More on a geno site HERE

(What genealogy makes nerds look up! )
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