This ad is taken from the K.Coy 3rd Battallion IRA reunion dinner in Clery’s in March of 1947. It is for the barbershop of James Mallon.
James Mallon, who was born in the north, had a hairdressing business in Eden Quay prior to becoming involved in the republican movement upon joining the Irish Volunteers in 1913. He had fought at Bolands Mills during the insurrection in 1916, and was interned as a result of his role in the rebellion at Frongoch. He is popularly known as the ‘the Frongoch Barber’ from his time there.
The advertisement notes that J Mallon and sons was established in 1907, and refers to the business as “The Frongoch Hairdressing Saloon.” There is great wit in the ad, not to mention a picture of Mallon as an older man. There are some wonderful ads in the souvenier programme I hope to upload here in time.