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The Horgan brothers – James, Phil and Tom – born in Youghal in the 1870/80s certainly were Irish film pioneers. Although their father was a big strapping man who made thigh boots for the British cavalry regiments, he died around 1887 at a young age, leaving his family penniless except for one payment due for the last pair of boots. This sovereign was enough for their mother, who was a most remarkable woman of Huguenot stock, to get the three of them apprenticeships with De La Coeur & Co, boot makers in Youghal. When they came out of their indentures, they set up as boot makers and also developed their other talents as musicians, artists and inventors and later in photography and filming. It is said that when people knocked on the door of their shop, Mrs Horgan would come out and ask…
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