Main St. Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford

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Where: 49 Main St, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford, Ireland

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'A soft day thank God', with the wet roads giving proof of a recent rainfall. Edgeworthstown is a charming wee town with a good sized main street set in an emerald green countryside. The growth of traffic rendered it a bottleneck, but thankfully now it has been by-passed! Perhaps it has even changed its name?

The consensus (half jokingly, half seriously) is that this image dates from a typical Irish summer, and could possibly be as much as a decade later than the suggested catalogue range (putting it perhaps in the 1910s or later). If so there's a suggestion that the young lady in the doorway of Monahan's shop could be the Margaret listed in the 1911 census).....


Photographer: Robert French

Collection:
Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1880-1900. Possibly later.

NLI Ref: L_ROY_09977

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    Carol Maddock

    • 18/Jul/2017 08:40:50

    If that Potato Blight warning poster is fresh, then we're in summer months. Just need [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley/] to establish the year - easy peasy! :)

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    derangedlemur

    • 18/Jul/2017 09:20:02

    It's very run-down, isn't it? If it wasn't for all the horses and the fact that it's Robert French, I'd have thought it was the '50s.

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    derangedlemur

    • 18/Jul/2017 09:25:34

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] The amount of water on the street suggests summer alright. July, if I'm any judge: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eT40eV7OiI

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    John A. Coffey

    • 18/Jul/2017 10:05:56

    Mostrim (Meathas Troim) has had many name changes down the years.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Jul/2017 11:34:23

    Policeman in a peaked cap - nearer 1900 than 1880.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Jul/2017 11:38:14

    We have seen a Potato Blight poster and peaked caps before (but dated about 1913 ish): Potatoes should be dug without delay

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Jul/2017 11:43:42

    Streetview

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    DannyM8

    • 18/Jul/2017 13:37:13

    I think all the Dogs are inside, keeping dry.

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    DannyM8

    • 18/Jul/2017 14:07:16

    Monahan there in 1901 and 1911 Census - Margaret Mary Monahan 18 yo in 1911 is a candidate for the girl in the doorway.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Jul/2017 14:20:03

    At right we see T. Masterson's Modern Bakery as in 1901 and 1911. Next door in 1911 is Brady, Shoemaker, then Skelly, Draper, as seen here. Beyond Skelly is Ross. Skelly is in town in 1901, but not next to Masterson or Brady. James Brady, Shoemaker, is probably living in Scrabby in 1901. I think this shot is after the 1901 census.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Jul/2017 15:08:15

    I don't see any sign of the bank in either 1901 or 1911 census. It is marked on the 1911 25" map, but no-one with Bank in their occupation is in Edgeworthstown on either census. The Hotel marked on the map is beyond the Bank, and in 1911 we see George Geoffroy and family, whose Hotel should have 15 windows to the front. I suspect the Bank shown is in that building, and we are after the 1911 census.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Jul/2017 15:48:09

    L_ROY_09979, 80, 81 show the church spire in Edgeworthstown from 1907.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 18/Jul/2017 20:16:26

    We will reach 500,000 views on Thursday or Friday.... [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/7141494779]

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 19/Jul/2017 09:23:56

    Hard to keep one's shoe clean, in those times.

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