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Salthill Railway station, people, including girl with pram, Monkstown, Co. Dublin.

I am a great admirer of the Stereo Pairs Collection, I think that many photographers today would be very happy to take photographs half as good as some of the specimens we have the pleasure to see on this stream.

Today we visit the leafy suburbs of South County Dublin, Salthill Railway Station to be precise, we see the Salthill Hotel in the background and a very modern looking bridge with spiral steps, which I presume is for the use of Hotel patrons. OwenMacC links to a nice photo of the spiral staircase - see below.

John Spooner in his inimitable style tells a story of violence and a blood covered gouge, which had been used to inflict near fatal injuries. I have sounded the appropriate Klaxon!!. Do also see his comment on a very destructive storm on 5th January 1877.

Thanks to "The Cookie Munster" swordscookie for details on the Station itself.

I am very surprised that no one mentioned the signs in the middle of the photo!!!!

Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton

Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence

Collection: The Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection

Date: between ca. 1860-1883

NLI Ref: STP_1964

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    • 20/May/2015 07:47:32

    Great photo. Love the pram and the dapper gent staring at the kid in it.

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    • 20/May/2015 08:32:24

    Great old photo of the Salthill Station. I always thought they were taking the Mick as everybody knows there is only one Salthill and that is in Galway??? However coming to Dublin soon dispelled that notion. Wonderful Wiki tells us: Salthill and Monkstown railway station (Irish: Stáisiún Chnoc an tSalainn agus Baile na Manach) serves the areas of Salthill (on the coast) and Monkstown (just inland) in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Ireland. It is situated in between Seapoint and Dun Laoghaire DART stations. The station has a car park, a ticket office, automated ticket machines and vending machines. The ticket office is open between 05:45-00:15 AM, Monday to Sunday. a And it was first opened in 1837!

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    • 20/May/2015 10:04:08

    I would say that the building in the background is (was) The Salthill Hotel. Designed by J.S. Mulvany for the Dublin & Kingstown Railway Co., around 1836 but not constructed until 1843. Extended in the 1860s by John McCurdy, who also added the mansard roof. Destroyed by fire in 1970 and demolished in 1972. Now the site of apartments. See

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    John Spooner

    • 20/May/2015 10:27:13

    Violent Assault Klaxon Warning: contains a blood-covered gouge. Freeman's Journal, Tuesday, October 12, 1847

    VIOLENT ASSAULT - A young man who gave his name as John Sharkey, and said he was a coal factor, residing in Cuffe-street, charged a person named Michael Breen with having assaulted him. It appears that the prisoner and his brother were standing (the previous night) at the railway station, at Salthill, when witness came up; the prisoner's brother and witness had some angry words, when witness went into a second class carriage to avoid further altercation; on arriving at the Westland-row station, the prisoner walked up to him and stabbed him twices with a small iron instrument, resembling a "gouge" - one blow was inflictedon the left temple, the other on the lower part of the cheek; the blow on the temple was particularly dangerous, and the medical man who dressed it said, if the wound had been a little higher up it would have killed complainant; the prisoner dropped the instrument, but he was at once seized and given into custody; the gouge was covered with blood. Mr Tyndall sent the prisoner for trial.

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    John Spooner

    • 20/May/2015 10:45:27

    At the trial of Mr James G Mooney, reported in Freeman's on December 13, 1875, Mr Justice Fitzgerald stated in the course of his summing-up:

    But still any person passing the Salthill station about half-past nine on a fine evening in June would see grouped about the station and seated on the walls ladies and gentlemen of the best classes enjoying the cool air of the evening

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    John Spooner

    • 20/May/2015 10:56:56

    I think it's safe to say this photo wasn't taken on 5th January 1877 The Belfast News-Letter, Friday, January 5, 1877

    DESTRUCTIVE STORM AND FLOODS NEAR DUBLIN The full amount of injury caused by the immense tidal wave which swept in from the sea yesterday, and covered the Kingstown line from Blackrock to Salthill, has been fully realized to-day. The massive wall separating the line from the sea has been almost torn down, and the huge coping stones and boulders constituting the wall are cast about as if by some giant hand. The ornamental railings in many places are twisted and torn down. The ground is ploughed up, and the promenade at Salthill station looks as if it had been for years traversed by a mountain torrent. At this point the sea wall - a well-known resort for fashionable people - has almost completely disappeared.

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    O Mac

    • 20/May/2015 11:04:31

    Spiral steps as seen in distance" />

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    • 20/May/2015 17:26:49

    Super shot of the spiral steps Owen!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 20/May/2015 18:07:39

    I have just added the following photo to our 50,000+ Views Album.

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    • 20/May/2015 18:43:28 Brilliant! It is a cracker of a shot!

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    • 21/May/2015 00:31:56

    Nice picture

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    O Mac

    • 21/May/2015 12:06:25

    No footbridge?

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    • 24/May/2015 18:28:17

    i love the old fashioned clothes

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    Niall McAuley

    • 25/May/2015 08:08:02

    There are two signs somewhat readable on the wall at left: one says something about a Concert at a Palace, the other is a noticeboard for Talbot, Coall and Son, Estate Agents in Kingstown. They produced a guide to Kingstown in 1913. In the 1913 phonebook, they are listed as Coall, Talbot & Son, Estate Agents, so I'm not sure which of them had the Son.

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    O Mac

    • 18/Jun/2015 08:23:08

    Another cameraman stood in this same spot to take this picture sometime later.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Jul/2021 15:20:10

    The Concert poster is for the Exhibition Palace, the building now known as the National Concert Hall on Earlsfort Terrace in Dublin, built in 1865.