The ghost with the extra leg goes down the hill

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Where: Connaught, County Roscommon, Ireland

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Bridge Street, Boyle, Co. Roscommon from the top of the hill would have been a challenge cycling or walking up and even walking down would have been a strain? Lots to see but the first thing that struck Morning Mary was the view of those people on the far side of the river and at the top of the hill. The whole world must be laid out before them.

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865 - 1914

NLI Ref: L_ROY_07365

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 25/Mar/2022 09:08:50

    I spy 💡electric street lights💡. See discussion on a previous visit to Boyle - https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/51359149424/

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 25/Mar/2022 09:25:08

    Mr French / Lawrence's tripod was up near the clock tower outside a very tatty court house. The clock tower has posters, an electric lamp on top, but no clock - a timeless photo - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000320117 See also the rock dish (?) and various similar horse apples implying the same day.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 25/Mar/2022 09:25:24

    Can't get an exact Streetview match.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 25/Mar/2022 09:27:12

    The fashions suggest after 1900.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 25/Mar/2022 09:28:39

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] How about - goo.gl/maps/MR38nPiLi5DNYpzQ7

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    Foxglove

    • 25/Mar/2022 09:30:09

    it differs to the other photo above - no carts or horses - maybe the photo was made on a (Sunday?) morning.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 25/Mar/2022 09:40:40

    Yikes! There is a Dog. Btw anyone else finding 'notes' really glitchy? Seen better here - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000332573

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    Niall McAuley

    • 25/Mar/2022 10:03:07

    Golden is in the 1901 census (aged 77) not in 1911.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 25/Mar/2022 10:09:39

    Sometimes Flickr is amazing! In 2010 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5204272056/

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    Niall McAuley

    • 25/Mar/2022 11:22:40

    John Golden, grocer, died in 1906.

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    Sunny Harry

    • 25/Mar/2022 11:23:54

    Stewarts started providing electricity to the people of Boyle in the early 1900's https://flic.kr/p/2juGnUM I took this photo in August 2020 from almost the same spot https://flic.kr/p/2juDGr4

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    Niall McAuley

    • 25/Mar/2022 11:26:06

    O'Rourke, Coen in both years.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 25/Mar/2022 11:49:33

    B. Lavin is 70 in 1901, died in 1906 too. Thomas McDermott, brother in law, inherited, and died in 1910. In the 1911 census, his widow Winifred is there, a publican.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 25/Mar/2022 11:56:36

    *admires [https://www.flickr.com/photos/frankcawley]'s amazing talent for similar photos* Did you know about the Lawrence photos when you took yours? It seems the street lighting dates from 1901 (ealier than I thought) "... The enterprise which closely linked the Stewart name with Boyle for over sixty years was the Direct Current Electricity Plan (DC). On Oct 12th, 1901 the success of the lighting of Boyle by Mr. Hugh Stewart was announced. ..." From - www.stewarts.ie/about-us/

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    Niall McAuley

    • 25/Mar/2022 12:02:49

    Across the bridge I see A LITTLE, in 1901 what looks like John A. Little is there, gone by 1911.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 25/Mar/2022 12:03:41

    One or two of those businesses might have kept the name, but all three seems like a stretch. I think we are before the 1911 census.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 25/Mar/2022 12:05:57

    In reverse shot catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000320115 I see a poster for J. A. Little, presumably the name on the shopfront.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 25/Mar/2022 12:20:17

    The 1912 25" map includes an Electric Lighting Station on the river between the two bridges.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 25/Mar/2022 12:57:12

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/frankcawley] Here are the Stewarts in 1911. Father Hugh runs the Elec Lighting Works (and is a corn miller and merchant), sons Robert and John are in the electrical line too. No mention of electricity in the Stewarts return in 1901, when they were corn millers only.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 25/Mar/2022 13:00:05

    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.

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    suckindeesel

    • 25/Mar/2022 13:01:48

    On the 25” of 1912 arcg.is/045fen

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    Niall McAuley

    • 25/Mar/2022 14:53:45

    There are L_CAB and L_ROY pictures in the archive, and I think from more than one day. Today's is L_ROY_07365, and I see (J.) A LITTLE in the distance. In L_CAB_07878 I see a poster for J.A. Little stuck to the bridge wall. In the far distance, I see the same poster stuck to the clock tower at the other end of Bridge street. In L_ROY_07366, next to today's in the catalogue, we have a closeup of the clock tower, and looking closely, I see that the J.A LITTLE poster was there, but has been plastered over with a RE_OPENING poster, possibly advertising the shop of William Coen.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 25/Mar/2022 15:23:02

    Previously on this channel, L_ROY_07368 is before 1905: Tennis Court (with slight obstruction) in Boyle

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    Niall McAuley

    • 25/Mar/2022 15:25:39

    I can't find a date for the Clews Memorial School beside the courthouse in L_ROY_07366. I think the sign may have a date, but I can't read it. Wait - here is the stone sign: anobliqueview.blogspot.com/2017/06/update-2nd-june.html 1899

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    Niall McAuley

    • 25/Mar/2022 15:36:02

    The Clews Hall While renovating their new home recently, Boyle Men’s Shed unearthed the name plate of the former “Clews Memorial School” on the Crescent dated 1899. “The Clews” has a varied past and is remembered by the locals as a school, dance hall, snooker room and supermarket before becoming an electrical shop and now Visionary Photography. The Clews Hall was allegedly named after a rent collector for the old Rockingham Estate. It once housed the Boyle Parochial School before it moved to Knocknashee. It was then a Dance Hall for a number of years. In the 70’s when Spar burned down on Main Street, the supermarket moved to the premises for a time. No doubt the progressive people associated with the Mens Shed will put the name plate on the wall of the building, similar to what the Carty brothers did with the old school name plate on their garage wall in Mocmoyne.

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    suckindeesel

    • 25/Mar/2022 16:05:27

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] Clock added 1920, tower itself from 1880 www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/31804...

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    Sunny Harry

    • 27/Mar/2022 20:43:27

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia The photo was a pure fluke. It would be an interesting project to go and take photos from the same places if I had time.

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 05/Apr/2022 08:00:10

    very nice capture!