Traffic Jam in Main Street, Delgany, Co. Wicklow

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Where: Courtlough, Delgany, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

When: Unknown

This Lawrence image of Main Street, Delgany is in considerable contrast to today's reality. This was taken when it was a tiny village, the centre of a rural community with few people, and when three horses and carts could constitute a traffic jam. Today all that has changed, and Delgany is a desired address and almost a commuter town to Ireland's capital city. (PS: Dog Alert Klaxon! :) )

While location and subject were pretty clear, with thanks in particular today to Niall McAuley (and corroberation from others), it seems likely that this image was taken around the turn of the 20th century. Perhaps c.1901. When the census records that Annie Long and her daughter Eveline ran the post office. With a firm suggestion that French has captured the postmistress and her postal assistant at the post office doorway (centre middleground). However, who and what the lads with the fish are up-to (left middleground) is anyone's guess :)


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914. Perhaps c.1900

NLI Ref: L_ROY_09907

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    O Mac

    • 28/Mar/2017 07:52:42

    Streetview

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    O Mac

    • 28/Mar/2017 07:56:26

    The tin roofed building was replaced by "Macks" as seen in the streetview. Macks has 1856 plastered on the front wall which has to refer to the business rather than the building.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Mar/2017 08:00:28

    NIAH quotes the 1856 date for Mack's, does not give any indication of when it was rebuilt.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Mar/2017 08:02:02

    The building at right housing the Post Office was built in 1840. The PO door has been walled up since.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Mar/2017 08:07:26

    From the look of the 25", the 1856 Mack's is just out of shot at left. The 25" says the PO was here in 1908ish.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Mar/2017 08:11:19

    This shop visible up the hill beside the Hotel is billed as a former Post Office too.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Mar/2017 08:14:14

    I think the huge fish is more klaxonable than a dog!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Mar/2017 08:15:59

    This catalogue shot shows Mack's building in place opposite the same post office, Nathan R. Dann? Indeed, here is Mr. Dann in 1911 and in 1901, too.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Mar/2017 08:20:25

    I can't make out the Hotel sign, but in 1911 the hotelier was Marta McArtney, which does not look right. Ah, in 1901, it was Mr. Lawless, a better match.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Mar/2017 08:30:37

    No, the house and building return in 1911 still shows Lawless in hotel in house #1 although he is down as a shopkeeper.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Mar/2017 08:33:33

    In 1911, Mary Hackett, 22, was P Office Assistant.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Mar/2017 08:42:47

    Aha, in 1901, the Longs Annie Louisa (53) and Eveline Sidney (17) were S Postmistress and Postal Assistant.

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    DannyM8

    • 28/Mar/2017 08:46:12

    I see a dog.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Mar/2017 08:53:37

    In the 1911 census, the house and building forms do not show a post office at all!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Mar/2017 09:43:16

    In the window of the post office, I see postcards in megazoom. One is of Bray promenade and bray head.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Mar/2017 09:43:57

    In this catalogue Lawrence reverse view, the Hotel is Lawless but the post office signage is gone.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Mar/2017 09:51:13

    This history of the Hotel completely omits the Lawless name.

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 28/Mar/2017 10:12:07

    I think they were all discussing snakes ...

    Two Snakes Found in Ireland. Ireland's total immunity from anything in the shape of a snake has been so remarkable (says "Country Life") that the appearance of two lately in County Wicklow has created quite a stir among naturalists. A lew days since a snake measuring 20 in., was killed on the estate of Sir Robert Hodson at Hollybrooke, Bray, and just before, another was killed on the property of Dr Thompson near Delgany. It is thought that the snakes, which were quite harmless, came across the Channel with a consignment of shrubs.
    See trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/42944548 18/1/1901

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    Bernard Healy

    • 28/Mar/2017 10:20:34

    Note the sign on the main door of the building housing the Post Office - I wonder if part of the building was used as a dispensary or medical practice?

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    guliolopez

    • 28/Mar/2017 10:32:40

    Fashion (and shoe-wearing children in particular) suggest latter-half of range. Probably at least 1900. Perhaps its wishful thinking, but surely the two ladies at the post-office door are postmistress Annie Long and her daughter Eveline - per the census record that [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] links.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 28/Mar/2017 10:33:08

    Have a look at this: www.greystonesguide.ie/delgany-days-10-dont-mention-the-p... About 16 mins into the video they start discussing the photo!

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    guliolopez

    • 28/Mar/2017 10:37:57

    Snap [https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy]! - Just watched the same thing. There's a few similar images on this greystonesguideDOTie page as well. One of which dated to ~1906..

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Mar/2017 12:00:55

    [https:[email protected]] I think the one labelled 1906 looks like the reverse Lawrence, the PO signs gone and the wall whitewashed? If that date is correct, we are earlier than 1906. I am inclined to agree that the ladies peeping out are Annie and Eveline Long, who have disappeared from the census by 1911. I don't see Eveline under a married name, either.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 28/Mar/2017 22:34:17

    Excellent - Thanks all. Have updated map, description, tags, etc. (FYI - There is a hotel in Co Wicklow also called the Lawless Hotel. But it is in Aughrim. Rather than Delgany. Although maybe there is a connection. In fact, coincidentally, the Lawless Hotel has a bar called the "Thirsty Trout" :) Maybe the lads here are taking their fishy friend for a swift-half. Or just settling a wager of the "oh , it really was that big" variety.... :) )