Perrott & Sons, Cork

Perrott & Sons, Cork

The well known photo below was taken in Grand Parade in Cork, Ireland on 13 March 1922. This was during the Irish Civil War when Michael Collins was addressing a large gathering about the Anglo-Irish Treaty. In the top right of the photo you can see Perrott & Sons shop (number 36).

The shop was originally owned by Thomas Michael Perrott (1864-1921). Thomas was born in Cork City on 26 February 1864 to Charles Perrott (1839-1907) from Bandon and Anne Callaghan (1845-1914). Thomas married Bridget Murphy on 12 April 1888 and ran a painting & decorating shop in 36 Grand Parade. Ironically, Thomas Perrott was tragically killed along with 9 other innocent civilians when the IRA attacked a train carrying British soldiers in Upton near Bandon on 15 February 1921. One of Thomas’s sons emigrated to Western Australia where the Perrotts still have a very successful painting & decorating business.

The Cork Examiner featured the photograph below of Thomas’s funeral with the following caption:

“FUNERAL OF ONE OF THE VICTIMS. The funeral of Mr. Thomas Perrott, Cork, took place yesterday, and it was made the occasion of marked respect on the part of the citizens for the deceased and sympathy with his family in their bereavement under such shocking circumstances.”

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