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Where: Cork, Ireland

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When: 01 May 1883

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I have heard it often, but I never once believed that Cork had an "Opera House" because the locals could not pronounce "theatre"! It will be very interesting to learn the history of this very impressive building. Over to you....

While we had preemptively added this to our "no longer standing" album (knowing full well that the old Opera House had burned in the 1950s), we hadn't spotted or known that there were such clear clues to the date of this image. Our diligent Flickroonies identifed a likely date (of 1883) from the poster adorning the front of the building. I might put on some "Grand Italian Opera" while I add this to the correct mapping location....


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1880-1900. Likely c. May 1883 (poster)

NLI Ref: L_CAB_02814

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    abandoned railways

    • 11/Apr/2019 07:56:10

    The original Opera house was on Oliver Plunkett St. Now the GPO. This one burned to a ruin in the 1955. www.corkpastandpresent.ie/places/stpatricksstreet/selecte...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 11/Apr/2019 08:01:37

    Archiseek has an article with the details. 1855 - built as the Athenaeum - a hall, ballroom, concert venue 1875 - renamed The Munster Hall 1877 - renamed the Opera House after extensive rebuild as a theatre 1955 - destroyed by fire.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 11/Apr/2019 08:04:48

    I think I see 1883 on that Grand Italian Concerts poster Grand Italian Concerts Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday, Friday April 30th & May 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th 1883 Signor A. De Gabriele Band and Chorus TONIGHT (slightly ripped).

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    Niall McAuley

    • 11/Apr/2019 08:08:35

    Checking, April 30th was indeed a Monday in 1883.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 11/Apr/2019 08:14:56

    For the final night on 4 May 1883, they put on La Traviata at 8 o'clock. It was "produced in its entirety, by the unanimous desire of the Press and Public". Signor A. De Gabriele was the conductor. Nice nuggets of information too, that there was a special train to Queenstown (Cobh) at 11.15 to get operagoers home. And there was no performance on Saturday 5 May, "as the Company leave for Glasgow". (Cork Examiner 4 May 1883) And they were back in July 1883! There's an ad in the Cork Examiner on Saturday, 28 July 1883 for Signor A. De Gabriele for 6 performances of Italian Opera commencing Monday 30 July until Saturday 4 August...

    ... And supported by distinguished Artistes, sleected by Signor A. de Gabriele, from the principal Continental Theatres and Opera Houses. Powerful Chorus and Band of 50 Performers...

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    Inverarra

    • 11/Apr/2019 08:29:16

    Surely, ye had a slight suspicion that the joke about Cork people’s inability to pronounce “theatre”, might have some truth to it.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 11/Apr/2019 08:35:05

    Ha! Streetview (June 2017) - goo.gl/maps/LyNt9m2WYG42 - is showing a poster for 'Annie' The Sun will come out ... Tomorrow!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 11/Apr/2019 08:42:32

    Behind a paywall, but there is a reference to Signor A. De Gabriele on August 14, 1883 in The Morning News from Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland · Page 5 Perhaps a review? Or just another ad maybe.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 11/Apr/2019 08:49:22

    I like the business in the background: Johnson's Carriage Manufactory Established A.D. 1810 Carriages on Hire or Exchanged I wonder if they did hire purchase or a PCP?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 11/Apr/2019 08:56:34

    Flickr is sometimes ... In 2010 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/finnyus/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/finnyus/4705103361/

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 11/Apr/2019 09:01:01

    There is a 1990s 'Lawrence Photographic Project' photo too - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000342925

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    Carol Maddock

    • 11/Apr/2019 09:27:24

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Don't have the Morning News, Niall. Will try Found it in Belfast Newsletter... From de papers, here's what De Gabriele's opera company was up to in Spring/Summer 1883... Theatre Royal, Waterford for 6 nights from Monday 2 April Queens Theatre, Dublin on 9 April Cork Opera House, as we know, from Monday 30 April then off to Glasgow Back in Cork Opera House from Monday 30 July 6 nights in the New Theatre Royal, Belfast from Monday 13 August

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 11/Apr/2019 11:06:22

    Photo of the fire www.corkpastandpresent.ie/mapsimages/corkphotographs/mich...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 11/Apr/2019 22:14:54

    Thanks all!!

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 23/Apr/2019 08:00:10

    wonderful