Leaning on a lamppost in Tralee!

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Where: Munster, Co Kerry, Ireland

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How to confuse a Dublin man? Tell him that Tralee is in Killarney in Co. Kerry! The cataloguer was trying to tell a Kerryman joke while giving the title of this shot as Castle Street, Tralee, Killarney, Co. Kerry! It is a very busy street scene with lots going on. Sunshades down, and plenty of traffic...

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Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: between 1900-1939

NLI Ref: EAS_2241

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    Rory_Sherlock

    • 21/May/2021 07:58:45

    Streetview: www.google.ie/maps/@52.2693138,-9.7045772,3a,46.9y,105.19...

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    Rory_Sherlock

    • 21/May/2021 08:01:26

    Cosgrave Brothers shopfront, with those lovely bay windows at first-floor level, has been replaced... Now a PaddyPower betting shop: www.google.ie/maps/@52.2692484,-9.7042552,3a,75y,19.22h,1...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/May/2021 08:19:29

    The railings on the right are now a Bank of Ireland. Per the NIAH: Pavilions and first floor projecting bay added c. 1925. DIA says two phases: 1923 additions and alts, but the current look is from 1930-31: 1-storey, 3-bay addition to front with circular-headed windows and balustrade along top, so we are before the 1930s.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/May/2021 08:30:34

    I can't make out any ladies skirts to help with dates. I do see a couple of gents in light suits and Panama hats, which I have not seen in the Lawrences, so maybe after 1915?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/May/2021 08:40:25

    I cannot see Hilsers or their prominent clock "since 1911" - goo.gl/maps/aDszKmKmcDadh3WM9 Could be before 1911 like several previous W. R. & S. photos ?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/May/2021 09:42:22

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia If it is before 1911, we should be able to prove it with the 1901/1911 census.

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 21/May/2021 10:18:48

    My wife was the 2001 South Australia entrant to the Rose of Tralee quest. Her name is on a glass wall in Tralee . . . More than I can say for myself. I was her escort, in South Australia.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/May/2021 10:35:36

    The Hilsers were all in Cork in April 1911.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/May/2021 10:41:37

    On right, 5 Hifle, 6 Benson both in 1911 census. 7 is vacant in 1911, in this shot Hill. In 1901, 5 is Hifle, 6 empty, & is 7 Hill. So yes, I think we are between the two, 1901 and 1911.

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    Swordscookie

    • 21/May/2021 10:49:28

    Looking at yer man on the ladder down in the distance you can see by the angle that it was sticking a mile out into the street! That would have been fairly hazardous unless he had a good man footing the ladder for him?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/May/2021 10:57:03

    William Hill of #7 is 68 in 1901, a leather merchant. He died on 27th August 1905. Interestingly, present at death was John Benson.

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    derangedlemur

    • 21/May/2021 11:27:50

    The people really were shorter then. I've walked down this street often enough and there's nowhere near as much clearance between my head and the tops of the doors as we're seeing here. I'd clothesline myself trying to walk under the awning in front of Cosgrave's.

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    derangedlemur

    • 21/May/2021 11:31:10

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie No doubt spooner or beachcomber will be along anon with a newspaper clipping about "Man falls off ladder in Tralee, Magistrate awards 2 & 6 pence".

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    suckindeesel

    • 21/May/2021 11:54:46

    CTC sign on restaurant. 1890s onwards Dartry Dye Works, 1895 onwards The straw boater hat was popular at the turn of the century, and was a sign of the coming of summer.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/May/2021 12:11:13

    More about the Hilsers, who evidently had a shop in Cork earlier, including this wonderful claim to fame ... " ... Richard Hilser brought the first cuckoo clocks and alarm clocks to Ireland from his native Germany. ... " From - www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/hilser-bros-je... And the not-yet-there 1911 clock was repaired in 2020 - www.radiokerry.ie/news/tralee-town-clock-removed-refurbis...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/May/2021 13:00:54

    Could not find anything in Trove about ladder accidents in Tralee, but did find this interesting report of Father Mathew's visit in July 1842 (!). A triumphal arch across Castle Street, several bands of musick[sic], crowds of 10,000+ people etc. And a grisly tale of Mr and Mrs Byrne of Rathmine - "... He and his lady, who were very wealthy, had contracted habits of intemperance. The husband was for some days dead, during which time the wife was in the room, but in such a state, that she was not aware that she lay beside the corpse of her husband, and the awful circumstance was not known till the body was in a state of decomposition. ..." See - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/228140113

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    Bernard Healy

    • 21/May/2021 14:10:49

    My home town! (You would post it on the day that I decided to check Flickr in the afternoon rather than the morning...) All my books about Tralee history are in storage, so I can't really add much to the discussion. Between the 1901 and 1911 Censuses makes sense to me, but I can't add any extra insight or evidence. The inclusion of the Hifle shopfront reminds me of what I think I read about that family a few years back. (If I had my books, I could check!) They were a Palatine family originally & a few of them settled in Tralee. They were one of the most prominent Methodist families in Tralee with 14 of them (spread over 3 residences) in the 1911 Census. www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/results.jsp?census_... George Raymond - listed as a 28 year old chemist, living at the hardware shop visible in our photo - is listed as having died in France as a sapper with the Canadian Engineers in 1915. www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-vir... Anyway, if you look at the 1911 Census, you'll see that of the 14 Hifles living in Tralee at the time, no fewer than 10 of them were female. The upshot is that that despite their prominence at one stage, the Hifle name is no longer found in Tralee. (The Methodist church in Tralee is also long gone - it is now a food store.) I vaguely remember reading that the "Misses Hifle" - spinster sisters - were very prominent in the Tralee social scene either in the early or mid 20th century, but the name itself has died out. I think the last Miss Hifle was buried in the 1990s.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/May/2021 14:40:40

    Methodist church building in streetview.