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Where: Connaught, County Mayo, Ireland

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When: Unknown

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It is many years since Morning Mary was in Ballina and even longer since she was in Ardnaree but this sight, apart from the people, is very familiar. On the “wrong” side of the river from the bulk of the town, it was the site of a famous boxing club, but close to many of the attractions of Ballina of that time!
I wonder what we can find out about it today?

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_CAB_07457

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    • 27/Nov/2020 09:20:24

    Streetview: www.google.ie/maps/@54.1123313,-9.1525088,3a,75y,123.37h,...

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    Rienk Mebius

    • 27/Nov/2020 09:21:50

    Don't see the tree though! 😍😍😍

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Nov/2020 09:39:49

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/rienkmebius He was leaning against it at the time👍

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    Rienk Mebius

    • 27/Nov/2020 09:42:28

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Don't tell Mr Beckett! He well be very angry!

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    O Mac

    • 27/Nov/2020 09:47:19

    Nie ma słupów

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    • 27/Nov/2020 10:59:33

    No tree, no poles, and consequently a distinct lack of Dog. There is another distant view of this "J. Donegan" corner, at a different time due to upstairs window curtain and semi-circular writing on the side shop window. Which is earlier? - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000338747

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    • 27/Nov/2020 13:30:49

    Looking up Abbey St., coal yard on right bit.ly/33j4xoz

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    • 27/Nov/2020 19:15:49

     Realy great pic! ;-)

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    • 27/Nov/2020 21:50:53

    Third house on left has a sign for "Agent for Mortimer DYER Portsmouth" See www.purcellauctioneers.ie/catalogue/lots/2CB5A9D53E2CD2DE... for a better picture. Similar, though not identical, sign in catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000331769/Flickr By 1897 Mortimer's had expanded to include many branches and agents across Britain, but cannot find any refs to Irish agents, www.mortimer.co.uk/family/forrest.htm

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    • 28/Nov/2020 00:35:09

    There's a John Donegan, publican, in the 1901 www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai001056254/ but not in the 1911

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    • 28/Nov/2020 12:11:56

    The appointment for local agents for Mortimers and the Perth dye works was dependent on a rail link to transport the goods to their works. Ballina railway station opened in 1873, so photo is after that date. Mortimers had a network of agents across Britain by 1897, but no info on Irish agents. No sign of motorised vehicles or signs for Pratts, no telegraph poles but there is one gas street lamp. Ballina had a gas works on Shambles St. across the river, but no date for that either. I

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    • 12/Jan/2021 15:16:55

    Ballina's first recorded boxing tournament occurred in St. Muredach's College Ground in 1923. The primary participant was Jim Coffey of Castlerea, who was known for fighting a remarkable six rounds against the legendary Jack Johnson. Many of the contenders in the tournaments that took place during these years were ex-Army soldiers who had fought in the Civil War in Ireland that ended on May 24, 1923.