This is a large blue grocery bag used in the family grocery shop of Edward Duggan at 43/44 Ballybricken Waterford. Duggan was a grocery owner who was also politically active in Waterford and environs during the second half of the 19th Century.
To promote his political views he used this grocery/tea bag. The bag comprises a central portrait of two nationalist M.P’s, ”Smyth” and ”Butt”.
Their image is printed within a shamrock wreath and with the slogan ”Home Rule” above the images.
The two nationalist politicians depicted on this bag are Patrick James Smyth (1826-1885). He was a Young Irelander. Smyth had a prominent part in the 1848 Rising. Secondly, Isaac Butt (1813-1879) was a founder of the Home Rule Movement in 1870.
It is most likely that this bag was produced circa 1871 at the time of general elections, this was immediately after the setting up of the Irish Home Rule Party.
This blue bag is in excellent condition and measures 30cms X 18cms.