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Today we have a photograph of Mr. T.W Lyster, then Director of the National Library of Ireland. Mr. Lyster was obviously a busy man with no shortage of books and paper to keep him busy? The current director, a lady, reflects the changed times and manages a very different library and challenges than TW!

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 22/Apr/2022 07:34:05

    12:55 - Mr Lyster will feel better after a spot of lunch.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 22/Apr/2022 07:42:04

    1897 "Thomas W. Lyster, Librarian 1895-1920, pictured in his office in 1897. He appeared in the episode of James Joyce's Ulysses set in the National Library, "Scylla and Charybdis". From - blog.nli.ie/index.php/2011/07/08/welcome/ Thomas William Lyster (1855–1922) was director of the National Library of Ireland in Dublin between 1895 and his retirement in 1920.[1][2] Lyster joined the library in 1878 and was appointed as its director in 1895. He was also a scholar who translated Düntzer’s Life of Goethe in 1883 and edited a poetry schoolbook, the Intermediate School Anthology.[2] Although a member of the Church of Ireland, he was used by James Joyce as the model for the eponymous "quaker librarian" in his novel Ulysses. An whimsical account of him is given in Oliver St John Gogarty's As I was Going down Sackville Street when Gogarty visits the national library.[3] In this book Lyster is very solicitous of the various needs of the readers in the library. Lyster lived at 10 Harcourt Terrace.[4] From - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_William_Lyster

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 22/Apr/2022 08:30:18

    Can anyone interpret the titles underneath? Looks like "1897" at right ... Edit - Found the megazoom. It says "A Mc Googan" at left, and "Photo 1897" at right. See catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000298266/HoldingsILS#tabnav There is also a sketch by John Butler Yeats with Mr Lyster's signature - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000151965

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    suckindeesel

    • 22/Apr/2022 09:05:31

    ‘Urbane, to comfort them, the quaker librarian purred: —And we have, have we not, those priceless pages of Wilhelm Meister. A great poet on a great brother poet. A hesitating soul taking arms against a sea of troubles, torn by conflicting doubts, as one sees in real life. He came a step a sinkapace forward on neatsleather creaking and a step backward a sinkapace on the solemn floor. A noiseless attendant setting open the door but slightly made him a noiseless beck. —Directly, said he, creaking to go, albeit lingering. The beautiful ineffectual dreamer who comes to grief against hard facts. One always feels that Goethe's judgments are so true. True in the larger analysis. Twicreakingly analysis he corantoed off. Bald, most zealous by the door he gave his large ear all to the attendant's words: heard them: and was gone.’

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    turgidson

    • 22/Apr/2022 09:26:44

    Is that a framed picture of Shakespeare on the mantelpiece? Also that's the biggest waste paper basket I've ever seen. However, his boredom at having an office job is timeless.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 22/Apr/2022 10:28:56

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/turgidson] I think it is The Bard too. Is that a phone on the wall - I wonder what the telephone number was? "Archibald McGoogan was the artist responsible for the design of the Great Seal of the Irish Free State (now in the collection of Collins Barracks) and was the first photographer employed by the National Museum of Ireland . ..." From - www.icollector.com/Archibald-McGoogan-A-STORMY-EVENING-OF...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Apr/2022 13:39:28

    At home at 10 Harcourt Terrace in the 1901 census. Still there in 1911, household somewhat smaller.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Apr/2022 13:43:47

    He got married in 1920, by which time he would have been 64. He died just two years later.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Apr/2022 13:51:51

    10 Harcourt Terrace in Streetview. Less than a mile's walk to work.

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    John Spooner

    • 22/Apr/2022 14:06:45

    As well as biographical details and library work, his obituary in Freeman's Journal of Wednesday 13 December 1922 mentions his remarkable memory

    Lyster's knowledge of all the best in English literaure stood unrivalled in his generation, and he also possessed the peculiar gift of remembering the most minute details of even the most second-rate novels. which he chanced to read. In this he resembled Macaulay, the great historian, who, it is recorded, read voraciously and forgot nothing from the best classical literature to the most ephemeral rubbish. Another characteristic was his almost uncanny knowledge of place-names, and historical data. and it recorded by those who had the privilege of his acquaintance that the topography of one of the most obscure places in the South Sea was as familiar to him as that of his native country.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Apr/2022 14:08:47

    The calaogue has an undigitized manuscript: Letter from W.B. Yeats to Mrs Lyster about her husband, former National Library of Ireland Librarian,Thomas William Lyster, 30 June Must be from 1921 or 22. Unless it was about her deceased husband, I suppose...

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 22/Apr/2022 21:16:04

    Flickr is sometimes amazing! I hope Mr Lyster did not rip the Shakespeare print from a First Folio! Via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary/12458978503/] Edit - Mr Lyster looked quite similar to The Bard - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000151965

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 22/Apr/2022 21:45:16

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] The correspondence is likely about a memorial tablet, according to this interesting biography - www.dib.ie/biography/lyster-thomas-william-a4978 The 1923 memorial tablet outside the Reading Room at Library Towers - goo.gl/maps/d4uGe5FddgpzTmqPA For twenty-five years the able and enlightened librarian of this library whose enthusiastic love of books and whose kindly nature endeared him to all who knew him.

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    suckindeesel

    • 23/Apr/2022 19:56:34

    [https://flic.kr/p/2ngeNWW] www.kunstgeografie.nl/dublin/scylla.3.htm

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    Myrtle26

    • 24/Apr/2022 19:37:19

    flic.kr/p/21wXux1

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    silverio10

    • 24/Apr/2022 21:10:17

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

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    suckindeesel

    • 24/Apr/2022 21:10:29

    Streetview 2005 flic.kr/p/2ngtJGA Streetview 2006 flic.kr/p/2ngtxo1 [flic.kr/p/2ngtxo1] Note photo on wall