South Main Street and Clock Gate from North Youghal, Queenstown, Co. Cork

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Where: 40-48 N Main St, Youghal-Lands, Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland

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When: Unknown

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I can almost hear the protests as I type! Youghal and Cobh/Queenstown are two distinct towns in County Cork and North Youghal is not a part of the latter! Labelling aside, this lovely Eason image of South (or is it North?) Main Street in Youghal has so much going on that it makes a fitting image to end the week. Hats, bonnets, chemises aka shimmys, little street urchins and nary a motoring car at all at all. Wonderful!

Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1900-1939. Likely c.1900-1910

NLI Ref: EAS_0963

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    BultacoFan

    • 30/Jun/2017 07:39:02

    Definitely the earlier part of your date estimate! Possibly even a little earlier...

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    DannyM8

    • 30/Jun/2017 07:52:58

    McSweeney - Owners of a Boot Shop in Census 1901 It suggests North Main Street? There is also a Michael Barrett a Tobacconist two doors away McSweeney and Barrett were both still there in 1911

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 30/Jun/2017 07:59:33

    Oh goody! Another chance to watch this 1910 animation by the Horgan brothers - youtu.be/Cir8DGQnFbQ

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    DannyM8

    • 30/Jun/2017 08:09:00

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I see the Merrick Shop at no 80 is still there!!

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    DannyM8

    • 30/Jun/2017 08:13:11

    It seems Merricks closed in 2009 Historically, Pasley’s supermarket and Merrick’s department store drove town centre retail in the shadow of the tower on North Main Street. The growth in traffic did little for the town too and, in 2003, parking and deliveries had become so problematic that Pasley’s — by then Brooke’s SuperValu — moved to a more spacious address. Merrick’s closed six years later, albeit nowadays a discount store www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/analysis/youghal-aims-to...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Jun/2017 08:19:48

    I think this is earlier, the NIAH says this house at left is from 1890, and it is not here. Scratch that, maybe the house was remodelled from 4 windowws to 3. this other 1890 house at left with the moulded render entablatures with consoles is definitely here.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Jun/2017 08:35:44

    The photo actually has North Main Street written on it...

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    Foxglove

    • 30/Jun/2017 08:40:42

    a fabulously sharp image ! with so much to ponder over

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    John A. Coffey

    • 30/Jun/2017 08:47:32

    Well,I'll tell you a story that happened to me One day as I went out to Youghal by the sea The day it was hot, the sun it was warm Says I "A quick pint wouldn't do any harm" I went in and called for a bottle of stout Says the barman,"I'm sorry the beer's all sold out Try whiskey, young Paddy, ten years in the wood" Says I, "I'll have cider; I've heard that it's good."

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Jun/2017 08:59:37

    At right, #77, we see a partial name: MARSH SEMO - any ideas?

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    O Mac

    • 30/Jun/2017 09:13:15

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/34816951053/in/datepos... Marshalls making this yuck since 1885. As kids we called it frog spawn pudding.

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    O Mac

    • 30/Jun/2017 09:24:02

    There's a poster for Allports on the clock gate--- above the boot. John Edward Allport 24 was a grocer and draper in 1901 and by 1911 had become a boot and cycle merchant. This would suggest the photograph is post 1900. www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/results.jsp?searchM...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 30/Jun/2017 10:03:34

    And another "circa 1900" via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/corkcitylibraries/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/corkcitylibraries/8210000823/]

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    guliolopez

    • 30/Jun/2017 10:48:23

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] - Unsurprising (though a bit sad) that Merrick's closed. The StreetView "history" bears-out the timeline from that article. In that the 2009 StreeView has signs for a closing-down Sale. And the 2011 StreetView shows an empty premises. [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] - Number 77 is still a café. I wonder if they (still) have frog spawn pudding on the menu?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Jun/2017 11:45:50

    In L_ROY_01788 I can see some more details. The sign at Merricks door is for a Free Inflating Station!

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    abandoned railways

    • 30/Jun/2017 12:51:53

    Youghal was a walled town, with some of it still remaining. This was the actual gate into the city with the doors being closed at night.

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    La Belle Province

    • 30/Jun/2017 13:05:01

    Boater hats were big that year!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Jun/2017 13:59:47

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/la_belle_province] Yes, I tend to think Boaters mean about 1905, what do you think?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Jun/2017 14:12:13

    L_ROY_06511 looks broadly similar (reverse view) and has legible posters for October 1899.

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    La Belle Province

    • 30/Jun/2017 14:32:29

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] I can't - not so far, anyway - pinpoint the clothing + hat, but I think you're right. Hat History has this to say, "From 1880-1920, the boater was a requisite for the tennis court and picnic, and worn by men and women alike for casual summer wear." www.hathistory.org/dress/index.html

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Jun/2017 14:33:46

    EAS_0962 may be a same-day reverse view, I see the similar Shoe poster and the poster with 3 figures in both.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 30/Jun/2017 14:35:37

    Some fascinating posters for now-defunct firms - Winstanley Boots of Back Lane in Dublin, K Boots (merged into Clark's) of Kendal in Cumbria and Pullar's Dye Works of Perth in Scotland. None of them are of any help in narrowing the date range, but speak of a type of industrial activity on these islands that has been transformed by technological, social and economic changes.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 30/Jun/2017 14:37:18

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] The clock on that one reads 12.30pm. He must have gone for a bit of lunch between the two photos!

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    O Mac

    • 30/Jun/2017 15:43:28

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy] They were taken by different photographers on different dates. In L-ROY-06511 there is-- what looks like-- fresh putty in that Marshalls Semolina window so I'd suggest the above Eason is earlier.

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    Sunny Harry

    • 30/Jun/2017 19:37:29

    This was the situation in 2006, [https://flic.kr/p/6SCKQZ] and 2011 [https://flic.kr/p/aJ7dtH], and in 2013 Merrick's [https://flic.kr/p/eKmNfe] was still there.....

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 30/Jun/2017 22:24:36

    I am surprised nobody has commented on the REALLY EXTRAORDINARY Horgan Bros animation of this clock tower dancing ( youtu.be/Cir8DGQnFbQ ) or the IFI website - ifiplayer.ie/the-horgan-brothers-collection-clock-tower-a... , which has a little more information about it and other films they made in Youghal 1910-20. The animation must have been made from a photo taken at the same location and similar time, so any dating information is useful.

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    Oretani Wildlife (Mike Grimes)

    • 30/Jun/2017 23:33:35

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I think you are mixing up sago and tapioca pudding with semolina. Semolina is smooth and sago and tapioca is the frog spawn stuff. God but I loved them all as a kid.

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    silverio10

    • 01/Jul/2017 00:00:08

    Buena serie de fotos antiguas .

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    O Mac

    • 01/Jul/2017 02:24:16

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Buena de animación fantásticas de los hermanos Hogan

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 01/Jul/2017 07:36:47

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] ¡Riendo a carcajadas! Disfrutar de su huevos de rana.

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    guliolopez

    • 01/Jul/2017 22:46:26

    If memory serves (and per a previous discussion on this image) the publisher of this image - William Ritchie & Sons - were in the postcard business between 1903 and 1928. The image could have been taken before then of course. As with other commenters, I can't imagine we're much earlier than ~1900 or much later than ~1910.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Jul/2017 16:51:22

    This is just to say I have watched The cartoon That was linked By beachcomber And which He may think Was unfairly Ignored. Not so! It was amazing. So early And so funny!

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    Bernard Healy

    • 03/Jul/2017 15:38:50

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] That was amazing!

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    Canadian Pacific

    • 07/Jul/2017 14:16:47

    Nice historic photo.

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    dorothyheaphy

    • 03/Aug/2017 23:29:14

    Okay Okay......so how come nobody else noticed it is not South Main Street?? It is North Main Street....

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 03/Aug/2017 23:39:26

    Hi [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]]. We did notice :) [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] and [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] and others noticed it - and commented with suggested corrections within a few minutes of our original post :) While we didn't update the title (as that's what we have in the catalogue), we did update the description, tags, and map accordingly. We even added it to our "catalogue corrections" tag..... Sometimes the library cataloguer mightn't have gotten it spot-on, but the contributors to this stream don't miss much. It's what we love our army of pedants :D

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    dorothyheaphy

    • 03/Aug/2017 23:55:05

    Brilliant! The Clock Gate now open to the public with guided tours is fantastic so you can see both North Main St and South Main St from the top all at once. Okay....I can relax now!