Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
Interesting that the skyline to the left of the building is almost unchanged whereas that on the right is all changed! The city put in a drainage scheme behind the club and effectively rendered it useless as the flow coming down there now is too powerful for the crews to launch the boats!
NIAH dates the building to 1902.
How appropriate the the gent with his head showing above the hedge is wearing a boater.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] The Shannon Rowing Club says it was only completed in 1905 (and cost £2,000.)
WILLIAM CLIFFORD SMITH, the architect, was only 19 years old when he designed this building. !!!!!
Must be a few years after new for the creepers to grow up the walls in this 'Similar Item' - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000317271
If megazoom was a little bit more mega, we might be able to read the date of the newspaper which the fellow in a boater (same as above?) is reading on the balcony in this one - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000317270
Looks like it was a mighty hot day in Limerick.
150th anniversary this year. Sir Peter Tait one of the founders in 1866. Taken short time after construction. The fountain that is now in front of the entrance had yet to be erected. Spillane's Tobacco Factory and Arthur's Quay tenements ito the right, background. Courthouse and St Mary's Cathedral to the left.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] The fountain is there! ....... extreme far right!
In this earlier photograph shear legs can been seen being used to install the fountain.
Grafton Street's a wonderland
There's magic in the air
There's diamonds in the lady's eyes
And gold-dust in her hair
And if you don't believe me
Come and meet me there
In Dublin on a sunny Summer morning
We waited two months to add the 12th photo to our 100,000+ Views album and then only one day to add the 13th. The proverbial 46a comes to mind, did it ever go down Grafton Street?
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[https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] It did indeed. The Wiltshire Collection even features a 46a about where Peter Marks is now .
Thanks all - date, tags and map all updated!
For a long time in the late 50's early 60's rowing took a back seat and it became more a gentlemans club for socialising and drinking. One of the members was Burl Ives the actor and singer and it was not unusual when I was going home after training or a date (or both) to meet him heading for home! He was usually dressed in a long cloak and would gravely bid you good night in his gravelly voice!
The club is built on an artificial island created as part of the Shannon Navigation with a lock on the city side and a swing bridge to allow shipping up above Sarsfields Bridge.
On the downriver side of the island was the Limerick Boat Club who were great rivals of Shannon. Sadly Limerick is in bad condition now with the roof of the old boathouse completely gone, blown off in a storm a few years back and seen on TV all over the world!
The Shannon Rowing Club Limerick limerick
If ever to Limerick your'e going
And on the bridge to-ing 'n' fro-ing,
Here young men in boaters
Forget steamy motors
And indulge in a spot of hard rowing.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Well done! A limerick about Limerick seems appropriate!
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] Sean, not just the 50s and 60s, but also the 70s (the 1870s). The theatrical newspaper The Era reported in its Jan 15 1871 edition on productions the previous week throughout the realm. For Limerick (between Leith and Liverpool) it had
AMATEUR CHRISTY'S - The Amateur Christy Minstrel Company, formed by members of the Shannon Rowing Club, appeared at the Theatre Royal on Saturday evening, and were patronised by a crowded house.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner] I'm from the rival St. Michaels Rowing Club just down river and I'm not in the least surprised at the carry on by the toffs in Shannon:-)
Christy's was such an institution on the theatre circuit and now it is but a memory!
U know the cameras 2-day r not taken any better images than what I am seeing ... no-matter how much somebody paid for it. I wonder why is that anyway ... in-fact, most of 2days cameras r piss-poor cameras anyway ... and costing way 2 much money ... for-what ....
Shannon, with Pa Healy stroke, won what was described as the blue riiband of Irish rowing, the Metropolitan Cup in 1907. Ninety years was to pass before another Limerick crew won it.
A ditty at the time of Shannon's win went: Healy, O'Brien, Shanahan and Hall/Are the best crew of them all/They will win the Metro Cup/And dress it white and blue/They will bring it home to Shannon Row/n/The greatest Limerick crew.
Not exactly Shakespeare but the sentiments are good.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Denis, thanks for your post and of course the ditty.
What was the exact date of build?