The times they are a changing!

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Where: Connaught, Galway, Ireland

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A scene from High Street in Tuam, Co. Galway sums up how the times were rapidly changing. On the right a shiny motor car with it's well dressed owner/driver paying close attention. On the left and directly opposite a young girl looking alone and depressed though warmly dressed. At the top of the street traditional means of transport, the horse and cart and donkeys and carts. All has changed, changed utterly!

Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: between 1900-1939

NLI Ref: Eas 2207

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 11/May/2022 07:46:23

    Sometimes Flickr is amazing! About 1950(?) via

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    • 11/May/2022 08:21:17

    I think the car is a Morris Cowley 'Bullnose', probably early 1920s, like this 1922 model. NB lack of large headlamps and a spare wheel on the right hand side - via [] []wiki -

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    • 11/May/2022 08:31:55

    The clockless tower - "In 1857 the Town Hall was built on a site donated by the Hancock family. It was restored and extended in 1884. After an ambush on 19 July 1920 in the townland of Gallagh on the Dunmore Road when two RIC officers were killed, the Black & Tans rioted and burnt the Town Hall. The building was gutted by the fire but restored in 1926. From - More -

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    • 11/May/2022 08:50:05


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    • 11/May/2022 09:17:13

    I agree about the early Morris Crowley, the registration plate shows IM, which is a Galway registration, such registrations started in January 2004. However I have no idea when IM1044 was issued.

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    • 11/May/2022 09:26:03

    IM 1044 may well be in the 1915/16 Irish Motoring Directory which is not available on line. The last registration in the previous 1914/15 is IM375. The NLI have the 1915/16 directory in their ivory tower. The photo had to have been taken post 1915.

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    • 11/May/2022 15:59:12

    Galway CC - IM 1 to IM 9999 (Jan 1904 – Oct 1950), not much help there

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    • 11/May/2022 16:18:39

    The 25” of 1892

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    • 11/May/2022 21:23:16

    Could it possibly be post 1926, when the town hall was restored but still awaiting its new clocks? The car looks like the 1919 - 26 model series

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    • 11/May/2022 21:26:04

    Looks like the Tuam Electricity Co. Ltd were providing street lighting