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Most Poole photographs have been carefully posed but this is a "live" cricket match in full swing. Some may feel that cricket it about as exciting and interesting as paint drying but for the enlightened it is a game of great skill and tactics and a wonderful way to pass a sunny day.

The general consensus is that this image was taken at the grounds of Cork County Cricket Club on the Mardyke in Cork city. Probably in the first decade or so of the 1900s-1950s range....


Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: Catalogue range c.1901-1954. Possibly after 1903 (pavillion). Likely first decade or so of range (spectator fashions)

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 0429

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    DannyM8

    • 05/Dec/2018 08:43:59

    Is it a Dog or a Duck??

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 05/Dec/2018 08:44:10

    10 runs, 4 wickets, so far . . . The hats and moustaches of the gents in the pavilion are looking 1905-ish.

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 05/Dec/2018 09:00:10

    Wonderful capture 👏👏👏

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 05/Dec/2018 09:01:45

    "I never play cricket. It requires one to assume such indecent postures." Oscar Wilde [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia/46143930792/]

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    derangedlemur

    • 05/Dec/2018 09:02:22

    It appears to be Mardyke CC, though it may be missing a house in the background.

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    Foxglove

    • 05/Dec/2018 09:07:35

    dannym8, yes at the right end of the fence I think it is a small black dog, but being a BW print, it would be difficult to guesstimate the hue.

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 05/Dec/2018 11:00:04

    oh cricket. Like our base ball game!

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    DannyM8

    • 05/Dec/2018 11:12:47

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] many people think life is a game, the English think Cricket is a game!

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    John Spooner

    • 05/Dec/2018 11:35:09

    The non-striking batsman is wearing skeleton pads, whereas the wicket-keeper and the batsman on strike have the more modern style.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 05/Dec/2018 11:55:40

    Sometimes Flickr is fairly close. In 2013 via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/yellowbookltd/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/yellowbookltd/8558595248/]

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    John Spooner

    • 05/Dec/2018 12:12:48

    Mardyke has been discussed before in our comments. It was where the London Clown Cricketers played in 1874 The London Clown Cricketers are coming!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Dec/2018 12:23:41

    Built in 1903 according to the NIAH.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 05/Dec/2018 20:38:36

    No windows or frilly iron pigeon scarers yet; perhaps the pavilion is not yet complete? These 'Similar Items' are dated 28/7/1902 (a Monday) catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000591407 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000591408 "...In 1903 the most famous cricketer of the Victorian era, W.G. Grace, played at the Mardyke for London County against Gentlemen of Ireland. ..." From - www.corkcountycricketclub.com/history/ Edit - "...Grace, then 54, got out for one in the first innings, and followed that up with a relatively poor 24 as the two sides played out an entertaining draw. Excusing his failings the great man proclaimed “How could anyone be expected to play cricket in such beautiful surroundings”, an alibi that’s hard to contest! ..." From - www.corkcountycricketclub.com/2014/08/15/celebrating-140-...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 07/Dec/2018 00:26:23

    Thanks all! Have updated the map, description, range, etc.