Abbey Street, Ennis, County Clare

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Where: Clare, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1910

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Lots to enjoy for lovers of signs and canines. Less so for those disposed to welfare of bovines. Is this first of future rhyming headlines? Nah; to the census - to find the Considines!

Based on the businesses we see here (and that of a seemingly contemporary reverse view), it's likely this image was taken closer to the end of the range in the catalogue entry (c.1910) than the start of the range. Which would put it, per beachcomberaustralia within a few years of real-life tragedy that seemingly inspired Joyce to mention the pictured Queen's Hotel in his celebrated Ulysses:
 - His father poisoned himself, Martin Cunningham whispered. Had the Queen's hotel in Ennis. You heard him say he was going to Clare. Anniversary


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: c.1865-1914 (though likely close to end of this range, c.1910)

NLI Ref: L_ROY_11350

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    B-59

    • 14/Jul/2016 07:46:58

    OSI 25": maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,533856,677626,12,9

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 14/Jul/2016 07:49:14

    Carmody's Established 1804 on the right with its wonderful iron balcony seems to have gone - boo hoo! Terrific photo - I keep thinking that my grandparents, who were born around 1890 and lived locally, would have known Ennis looking just like this.

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    O Mac

    • 14/Jul/2016 07:59:58

    It was called Church Street at the time of the OSI survey in 1894 and at Census time in 1901. The Considines

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 14/Jul/2016 08:05:28

    Reverse view - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000316645. At the same time?

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    O Mac

    • 14/Jul/2016 08:12:03

    No Reade or Mackey evident in 1901 but they are both there by 1911

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    DannyM8

    • 14/Jul/2016 08:16:45

    I see dogs

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    foss54

    • 14/Jul/2016 08:37:45

    Another fantastic shot, reminds me of the town I live in when I was a lad.

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    guliolopez

    • 14/Jul/2016 08:53:30

    In another Ennis shot we saw the O'Connell monument (background - above the chimneys) from another angle. The wrought iron work balcony in the other shot survived. Unlike the one in this.... www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/5743899541/

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 14/Jul/2016 09:13:48

    CARMODY's HOTEL DISASTER KLAXON !! "The Carmody's Hotel tragedy occurred 45 [now 58] years ago this Wednesday. On January 15th, 1958, part of the famous hotel crumbled into dust. Joe Ó Muircheartaigh’s combing of the archives tells the tale of that day while the uncovering of a famous letter links Carmody’s Hotel with the beginning of the end of Charles Stewart Parnell. A cold crisp January afternoon. An end of the era in ways, the hammer was going down on the contents of old Carmody’s Hotel. Day one of a three-day auction. It wasn’t the only thing that went down. Carmody’s - the haven for politicians, though it’s probably more appropriate to describe them as political giants. That’s what they were - O’Connell, Parnell, The O’Gorman Mahon and de Valera. They were regular patrons of the place- people still speak of deV’s days there. Days when the crowds would flock down from O’Connell Square after deV, standing outside and waiting patiently for him to re-appear. Then he’d appear on an upstairs balcony and greet his hoards of supporters again. No doubt the same routine was played out in the days of O’Connell, Parnell and The O’Gorman Mahon. The three storey hotel with a storied history going back to 1804. A history that came crashing down on January 15th 1958. ... ... ... " Read All About It ! - www.irishidentity.com/extras/people/stories/carmody.htm

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 14/Jul/2016 09:25:09

    Oh dear! More drama - " ... Ennis figures in [James Joyce's] 'Ulysses' in the context of main character Leopold Bloom’s father, Rudolph, having committed suicide in the Queen’s Hotel (of which he was the owner) on the 27th of June, 1886. ... " From - ucronin.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/james-joyce-ulysses-and-... EDIT: Joyce may have had the idea from a real suicide of the hotel's landlord in 1917. See www.jjon.org/jioyce-s-people/ennis

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    DannyM8

    • 14/Jul/2016 10:50:40

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Brilliant. I would have bet 100/1 that you could not tie Ulysses to this photo........the man's a genius. Now, is that the dog from Greyfriars Bobby?

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    mikescottnz

    • 14/Jul/2016 11:11:46

    Wonderful vintage photo.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Jul/2016 12:34:12

    Martin Cunningham whispered: —I was in mortal agony with you talking of suicide before Bloom. —What? Mr Power whispered. How so? —His father poisoned himself, Martin Cunningham whispered. Had the Queen's hotel in Ennis. You heard him say he was going to Clare. Anniversary.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Jul/2016 13:27:26

    Further up the street I see Kenny, Roughan - both in 1911 census. Gilbert's Medical Hall at right, in 1911 too.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Jul/2016 00:13:52

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia RE:

    Reverse view ... At the same time?
    Would certainly seem to be (same dogs and victuallers wares to be seen). Based on the businesses, names shopfront advertising and fashions, I expect (as others have implied) that this is likely much closer to the end of the 1865-1914 range than it is to the start of it....

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    dorameulman

    • 15/Jul/2016 01:57:34

    Beautiful ❤️

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    John A. Coffey

    • 15/Jul/2016 11:36:23

    Ennis Aug` 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann with 250/300 thousand people, a bit of a squeeze.

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    Ken-Zan

    • 16/Jul/2016 15:40:16

    Wonderful !!!!!