Babes, bikes and buckets on Barrack Street in Boyle!

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Where: Connaught, County Roscommon, Ireland

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Before I am lynched for describing ladies as "Babes" remember that Morning Mary is allowed a certain amount of artistic licence!
A very busy scene on Barrack Street with ladies in hatorific confections, gentleman walking his bike, donkey carts moving and parked while a hackney stands waiting for his fare. We know the where but the when and the who should be interesting.

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865 - 1914

NLI Ref: L_CAB_07877

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    derangedlemur

    • 05/Aug/2021 07:39:51

    Streetview: goo.gl/maps/EadCjfULPDgoxzfv8

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    derangedlemur

    • 05/Aug/2021 07:41:13

    The view of the barrack wall at the corner looks familiar (as a photo, I mean; I know I've seen it in person) but I don't see a previous example on the feed.

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    derangedlemur

    • 05/Aug/2021 07:44:19

    There's a great church in a nissen hut with a vaguely religious looking façade just around the corner. I guess it's the Methodists, from the 25". goo.gl/maps/niBGTodPAtmmj5yUA

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    derangedlemur

    • 05/Aug/2021 07:46:23

    I don't know where they got Barrack Street from - it's Main Street on all the maps.

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    derangedlemur

    • 05/Aug/2021 07:47:34

    The 25" in curious; Apart from a couple of greenhouses, the entire town is depicted as having no roof.

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    derangedlemur

    • 05/Aug/2021 08:00:01

    Closer to 1901 than 1911. O'Rourkes are still a grocer in 1901. King's don't appear to own the shop in either census. Seems to be an ad for Pratt's motor spirit (Pratt's something, anyway - not obviously veterinary remedies) near the end of the road, which would put a lower bound of 1896 on it.

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    Billy Quinn 1954

    • 05/Aug/2021 08:16:50

    admiring assiduously aligned alliteration, here. Excellent, as usual.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 05/Aug/2021 08:29:55

    It is called "Main St." in this royal plate version - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000320114 Before or after?

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    derangedlemur

    • 05/Aug/2021 08:30:51

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Before. The RIC man hasn't figured out what's going on and struck a pose yet.

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    derangedlemur

    • 05/Aug/2021 08:32:07

    Speaking of which, the combination of RIC fashion and ladies fashion should date this. It looks, contrary to my earlier assertion to be about 1910, but I am no expert in clothes.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 05/Aug/2021 09:17:46

    Yes, I am thinking after 1908 due to the lady in suffragette white, seen in both photos. For some reason (perspective?) Mr French was in the first floor window of the corner house behind. The whole thing looks like a stage set for a musical; soon they will all burst into song and dance! Virtual prize for a suitable song ... Edit - this reverse view show Mr French was in the Central Hotel - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000332567 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000042529

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 05/Aug/2021 09:55:07

    What a great photo. A classic.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 05/Aug/2021 10:24:33

    💡Great big shiny electric lamp💡 on a swan neck fitting. See note to the right of the gate. One also seen outside the Central Hotel, just out of frame to the left in this photo.

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    John Spooner

    • 05/Aug/2021 11:19:40

    I can't spot a Hawks & Co. Belfast News-Letter - Wednesday 26 August 1908:

    EXCITING SCENES AT BOYLE. A fire broke oat at one o’clock yesterday morning the drapery premises Hawks and Co.. Main Street, Boyle. On the alarm being raised the police and military authorities were communicated with, the latter getting out their fire engine. The military laid a line hose, and, with the assistance of the police and civilians, succeeded after several hours in getting fire under control. There were several exciting incidents during the progress the fire, much difficulty being experienced in rescuing the inmates the house. One young man, who heroically rushed with the hose into the burning building, was carried out in unconscious state. The damage is considerable but is understood to be covered by insurance.
    And from the Northern Whig on the same day
    Were it not for the combined action of the military, police, and civilians it is probable that the principal street in Boyle would be completely wiped out.

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    cargeofg

    • 05/Aug/2021 11:42:11

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Pratt's Motor Spirit and it is an early version of the sign. Not all that clear in this plate but you can see the shape of early car (horseless carriage shape) under the P So, 1903 -1910. The recruiting poster (4 soldiers in dress uniform) also looks the same as the one we saw in Cowans auction link when we were in Longford a few weeks ago.

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    cargeofg

    • 05/Aug/2021 11:49:31

    www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/51163732344/in/dateposted/ Her Majesty's Foot Guards Pre 1914.

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    John Spooner

    • 05/Aug/2021 11:56:34

    I wonder if the shop on the right is not Hayes and Co as I originally thought, but Hawks & Co HayesOrHawks

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    suckindeesel

    • 05/Aug/2021 19:37:56

    On the 25", 1912 arcg.is/vXmTq Note the 'Electric Lighting Station' beyond the barracks. Is this one of the earliest examples of electric street lighting in a provincial town? From the ESB archives "The Electric Light and Ice Works supplied electricity in Boyle before 1927. Its name was changed to that of its proprietor, George Stewart, in 1933. It served 55 homes and businesses in 1929, rising to 65 in 1947, and was later acquired by ESB around 1949—1950." "The Electric Light and Power Station also supplied electricity in Boyle before 1927. Its name was changed to that of its proprietor, John Stewart, in 1933. It served 235 homes and businesses in 1929, rising to 588 in 1960. It was acquired by ESB in 1966 — the last local electricity supplier in Ireland to be acquired by ESB." Does anybody notice the thin wires tapped off the heavy wires, going to several premises via their top window?

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    suckindeesel

    • 05/Aug/2021 23:00:13

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Churh hall/Parish hall, Methodist, surplus Nissan huts post WW2 www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/31804...

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    derangedlemur

    • 06/Aug/2021 09:19:05

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I forgot to look there. Must be getting old.

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    Foxglove

    • 07/Aug/2021 01:05:16

    from 1st comment, Morning Mary.... you are a "babe". fantastic page management. I truly expand my cultural heritage here - especially of your coverage of the women who played a central role in founding (but not gaining from) the new state / republic.

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    Foxglove

    • 07/Aug/2021 01:07:55

    ps, a full street scene and not a mongrel to see

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Aug/2021 07:43:08

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove I like your comment!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Aug/2021 08:19:12

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove Shush, you will have https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] complaining AGAIN.