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Where: Donegal, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1955

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It is amazing how things have changed, when this photograph was taken by Denis Tynan killing a shark was considered a normal thing to do. Whereas, today, there is a great drive to protect them. The given date is 1955 - but the ladies jumper and slacks do not remind me of the 1950s. When they may have been quite exotic - and even frowned upon!

Photographers: Denis Tynan 1923 - 2010

Collection: Tynan Photographic Collection

Date: c.1955


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    • 17/Dec/2018 09:11:12

    It could be her Christmas Jumper!

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    • 17/Dec/2018 09:12:10

    Looks like a DOG shark to me?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 17/Dec/2018 09:23:59[email protected] Have Dogfish not got a rounder nose?

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    • 17/Dec/2018 10:32:32

    Can anyone interpret the details on the blackboards? The four headings (Girl Eileen, Siobhan, Sea Wave, Twilight Star) are almost certainly trawler names, but who are the people listed below each and what do the numbers indicate? Shareholders? Fish Buyers?

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    • 17/Dec/2018 10:37:33

    According to, the "Girl Eileen" and the "Twilight Star" were built in 1957 resp. 1958.

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    • 17/Dec/2018 10:39:41[email protected] I have just been trying to do the same thing. Catch sizes? Or prices for (wholesale) their catches? Think I will go with buyers and prices.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 17/Dec/2018 11:15:15[email protected] Interesting! This photo was allegedly taken in 1955...

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    abandoned railways

    • 17/Dec/2018 12:03:11

    And he's had that brush for 10 years, just changed the handle.................

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    • 17/Dec/2018 13:22:23[email protected] Maybe 1965.

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    • 17/Dec/2018 13:40:51

    Black board names could be participants in a sea angling competition. Perhaps the shark was the biggest fish caught.

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    • 17/Dec/2018 15:43:59

    Carol Maddock I believe it is common for replacement fishing vessels to retain the same name so the 1955 date could be right

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    • 17/Dec/2018 16:24:22

    looks like a "tope" now without any hope, I presume they brushed all competition aside........

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    O Mac

    • 17/Dec/2018 21:15:15

    A brush with death?

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    Bernard Healy

    • 17/Dec/2018 22:05:39

    I see the boxes are marked Bord Iascaigh Mhara - that was established in 1952, so that doesn't really help us.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 18/Dec/2018 09:07:45 That's great to know, because I think the Dennis Tynan photos are pretty reliable date-wise.

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    • 18/Dec/2018 21:52:47

    It's a Tope, Galeorhinus galeus, and a very big one, but apparently they can reach 2.1 metres long, which would be longer than this one by a good bit. The tail is very distinctive compared to other shark species. We have bigger sharks than this, though.

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    Oretani Wildlife (Mike Grimes)

    • 19/Dec/2018 09:11:56

    I do think it's the results of a fishing competition and the numbers are possibly weights next to the names. I remember (with horror now) how all the fish caught on sea angling competitions in my childhood in the 70´s and 80´s were brought back to the pier for weighing and then those deemed not fit for the table were literally thrown over the side of the pier. Nowadays of course it's a points per species and recorded on an honour basis (which, of course, has been known to be dishonoured by some unscrupulous skippers). Anyway, back to the photo, is the first name under Seawave a Mrs. H. Campbell and then perhaps her husband C. A. Campbell who were both in the same boat? Perhaps she is the lady in the photo with that fantastic example of a tope. And regarding your comments of her looking exotic, she looks to me like a visitor from America who is "back in the auld sod" with her husband and both like a spot of sea angling.