There's a hairy ass fair in the County Clare

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Where: 3 O'Curry St, Dough, Co. Clare, Ireland

When: Unknown

Kilkee in Co. Clare rather than Spancil Hill, but lots of asses/donkeys on display! A favourite holiday resort for people from Limerick City and others, it has a beautiful crescent beach with sparkling blue waters and pleasant walks. In this shot it seems as if there is a market or fair in operation - or perhaps it is the donkey rides getting ready for the season?

The community's general feeling is that it's the latter, and (based on the buildings visible and not visible) a view of the tourist season perhaps in the 1880s....


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914. Though perhaps before c.1890s

NLI Ref: L_ROY_04230

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    derangedlemur

    • 17/Feb/2017 09:20:27

    Looks like it would have to be the view up the Albet Road: maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,488634,659984,12,9

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    Inverarra

    • 17/Feb/2017 09:28:55

    You have outdone yourself with those opening few words. Nothing like a good smile to get the day started. Thanks.

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 17/Feb/2017 09:30:13

    We visited the Stella Maris Hotel in the distance previously, with the flag fluttering in familiar fashion - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/7368081294/]

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 17/Feb/2017 10:03:24

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Ah yes! But there were no hairy asses about then!

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    O Mac

    • 17/Feb/2017 10:13:20

    Bad case of chimney pot gobbling. I see the poster on the coach advertises "Cheap Executions"... Death by donkey??

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 17/Feb/2017 10:39:13

    There is a great big AIB Bank building missing - see streetview - goo.gl/maps/V21rkYCo9i12 . Might provide an 'earlier than' date. Voting for c. 1892 !

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 17/Feb/2017 10:54:33

    Look what I found on streetview - this very photo !! - Scott's Bar - you can go inside and sticky-beak around too - goo.gl/maps/G7r5ESi55Vp [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] What will you have to drink, Morning Mary? The hair of the ass that kicked you?

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    B-59

    • 17/Feb/2017 10:58:06

    [https:[email protected]] LOL ! I read: CHEAP EXCURSIONS! LOOP HEAD & NATURAL BRIDGES OF ROSS.

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    B-59

    • 17/Feb/2017 11:05:20

    "The Bridges of Ross were a trio of spectacular natural sea arches – at least until two of them fell into the sea. Today, even though only one ‘bridge’ remains, the name persists in the plural." www.loophead.ie/irish-holiday-resorts-bridges-of-ross/

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    Niall McAuley

    • 17/Feb/2017 11:10:04

    That AIB dates from 1890 according to the NIAH.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 17/Feb/2017 11:15:58

    To the right of the Stella Maris, I see a building under construction, which Streetview says is now the Kilkee Tourist Office.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 17/Feb/2017 11:19:36

    Restaurant Murphy Blacks in that building says on their website: Set in an old Victoria building, the restaurant is quite modern but we kept as many period features as possible to retain the atmosphere of the pub it was for 150 years. A bit approximate, but that would be 1867.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 17/Feb/2017 11:21:51

    Big summer crowds, perhaps the railway has arrived? If so, it's after 1887.

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    DannyM8

    • 17/Feb/2017 12:38:08

    This photo is unusual, in that with a street scene like this you are almost guaranteed a dog or two! Am I missing it / them?

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 17/Feb/2017 22:06:01

    [https:[email protected]] Perhaps the lack of dogs is due to the lack of trees, still evident in street view. Why don't trees grow in Kilkee ?

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    DannyM8

    • 17/Feb/2017 23:36:34

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] I believe it is because there is no dog poop to fertilise them! Chicken Egg, Egg Chicken..................

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    j.coffey78

    • 18/Feb/2017 12:57:38

    Did Mr.French say "hold your horses just a minute" ?

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 18/Feb/2017 12:58:30

    Mr Lawrence left us a symbolic hound atop the zoomed roof - hound

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    Foxglove

    • 18/Feb/2017 20:01:25

    two shoeless children! Friday special

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 20/Feb/2017 11:46:20

    Thanks all - Map/tags/etc have been updated. (And for those who perhaps wondered, the title for this image came from 'Sullivans John' as sung by The Dubliners :) )

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 20/Feb/2017 15:18:40

    Oh I love the cheeky captions.