Photograph of the Foresters' Society

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Photograph of the Foresters' Society

This is a photograph of the Enniskillen branch of the Irish National Foresters' Benefit Society (Coillteoirí Náisiúnta na hÉireann), the Irish friendly society. The INF began in 1896 and soon became the largest friendly society in Ireland. It supported Irish nationalism and its constitution called for "government for Ireland by the Irish people in accordance with Irish ideas and Irish aspirations". By 1914 the order had spread worldwide and had a quarter of a million members in more than 1,000 branches. This photograph marks the 50th anniversary of the Foresters. Later, with the expansion of the welfare system, the INF went into decline. Contributed by Cahal McKeown at the AHOW event in Enniskillen Library.

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