Banner, double-sided, painted textile, A.O. Foresters, Ennis, 1872
Banner, double-sided, painted textile, A.O. Foresters, Ennis, 1872. The banner comprises of one piece of green cloth with dark gold coloured borders atached at the sides and lower edge. The front of the banner contains a painted image of the coat of arms of the Ancient Order of Foresters with two male supporters above which is the Eye-of-Providence or All-Seeing Eye, above which again is a painted scroll with the following inscription: “A.O.F. Court Daniel O’Connell No. 5780, Ennis, Estd 1872. Beneath the coat of arms is a smaller painted scroll with the words “Unitas, Benevolia, et Condcordia”. The reverse of the banner contains a visual representation of the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan, showing an wounded man being tended to by another man with a camel in the background. This image is surmounted by a painted scroll with the words “Go and do thou likewise”. The banner has nine pole loops along the upper edge and the object was suspended by these from a wooden pole.
The premises in which the object was found was the former premises of the Irish National Foresters, Court Daniel O’Connell, in Ennis, since 1895. The Irish National Foresters split from the British-based Ancient Order of Foresters for political reasons in 1877, and this banner pre-dates the split.