Terrapins on the roof

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When: 16 August 1967

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The title for this O'Dea shot is "Platform New School - Terrapin Ltd. - Dermot Lalor fixing domelight, Finglas, Co. Dublin.". At that time Finglas was expanding rapidly so this could be any of several schools with new technology being introduced.

Originally posted in a flipped/mirrored state (thanks Niall McAuley for the heads-up), following a correction it seems that this is definitely in Finglas, possibly on the roof of Coláiste Íde, looking north towards the Church of the Annunciation. The church (built at the same time these chaps were fitting windows nearby), was scheduled for demolition in recent years - owing to falling attendances and structural problems....


Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection:James P. O'Dea

Date: 16 August 1967

NLI Ref.: ODEA 48/11

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Domhnallcos

    • 20/Feb/2019 09:06:35

    Looks like the soon-to-be demolished Church of the Assumption on the far left.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 20/Feb/2019 09:12:31

    Coláiste Íde, perhaps, if that is the giant Zeppelin hangar church in the distance at left.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 20/Feb/2019 09:13:29

    Is it flipped? I think so - White Shirt man has his watch on his right wrist, and I think the opening on that bus is the wrong side.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 20/Feb/2019 09:24:59

    The detached house at left of this streetview is newer, infill development, but the terrace matches the one at right in the photo.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 20/Feb/2019 09:25:32

    There is still a bus stop outside the college.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 20/Feb/2019 09:29:20

    Streetview of the end of the church, the bit in todays shot is not even the tallest part, just an aisle.

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    Paddywhack56

    • 20/Feb/2019 10:16:40

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Well spotted. It is flipped...or that's a LHD double decker!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 20/Feb/2019 12:09:43

    Terrapins. Any similarity is purely coincidental. Via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/glamalice/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/glamalice/23979924613/]

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    DannyM8

    • 20/Feb/2019 13:38:38

    Interesting to see all the TV aerials on top of the houses.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 20/Feb/2019 15:45:59

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/paddywhack56] I have "flipped" the photo, your notes may now be in the incorrect position. Mary

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    Niall McAuley

    • 20/Feb/2019 17:22:43

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] fixed!

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    robinparkes

    • 20/Feb/2019 22:14:52

    Typical system building. Standing water on the two adjacent modules. That sort of roof kept me in a job virtually all of my working life.

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    RETRO STU

    • 20/Feb/2019 22:43:49

    The scaffolding on the Church of the Annunciation was likely when they were installing the windows.

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 20/Feb/2019 23:04:03

    Yankee (pump-action) screwdriver on the 'floor'. They were eventually banned off sites because too many workers had them pointing at their eye when they were releasing the spring lock.

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 20/Feb/2019 23:05:25

    Hmmm, I'm not sure that image-flipping worked. That right-handled hammer now looks like a left-handed one.

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    moccasinlanding

    • 21/Feb/2019 04:17:46

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/32162360@N00/] I was curious about “terrapins” on a roof....could not see a single one! ;)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Feb/2019 07:39:14

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/91590691@N05] Left handed hammer, Hmmm :), is that the same as the long weight?