Now for the hard word - Infirmorum!

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Those of you of a certain age who grew up listening to the "wireless" will remember the statement, heard every Sunday afternoon And now for the Hard Word and so the presenter, Paddy Crosbie would introduce the word of the week for some youngster to spell! In our case it is Infirmorum and Morning Mary will have to admit that she never came across it before. As to today's image? The Mater Hospital in Belfast looking new and pristine but with some delightful posters, new and worn, to add some interest for the long sighted!

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865 - 1914 1900

NLI Ref: L_CAB_07575

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 03/Nov/2022 09:06:02

    Another example of three plates of the same view from the same trusty tripod ... catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000333272 - Cabinet (today's photo) catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000324681 - Royal catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000328306 - Imperial (posters much clearer to read)

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 03/Nov/2022 09:13:21

    Saturday 25 August happened in 1894, 1900, 1906, 1917 etc. (but NOT in 1911 or 1912)

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 03/Nov/2022 09:21:03

    Are those pre-electric tram lines?

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    suckindeesel

    • 03/Nov/2022 09:23:28

    Matter Infirmorum, ‘Mother of the Sick’

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Nov/2022 09:35:17

    Built from 1894-1900 per the DIA. Opened 23 Apr 1900. Very new here, I see lime leaching out of new bricks, and those posters are at an unfinished gate - only the plinths of the gateposts are there. Per [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia]'s dates, 1894 is too early, 1917 is after the Lawrence collections, so it has to be 1900 or 1906. I think the newness suggests 1900.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Nov/2022 09:41:43

    An article at Archiseek notes (and a closer reading of the DIA confirms) that the design was only decided after a competition in 1897, so it went up pretty quickly.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Nov/2022 09:44:12

    I see at the DIA that the architect, Fennell, submitted an unsuccessful design for the National Museum, Kildare street, in 1881.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 03/Nov/2022 09:45:00

    Google satellite 3D is fun to play with - www.google.com/maps/@54.6080816,-5.9418399,31a,35y,59.09h... Q. What was across the road in 1900, 3+ storeys high, up which Mr French / Lawrence had his trusty tripod ?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Nov/2022 09:54:01

    Next shot in the catalogue L_CAB_07576 is of an 1898 Wolf Tone memorial in Dundalk. Paging back in the Royal catalogue, I hit L_ROY_02374 showing 1905+ tram wires - I am not inclined to think this one is that late. Paging forward, L_ROY_02377 also looks a bit later, lots of men in boaters at the Botanic Gardens. Hmm. The imperial catalogue jumps around a lot as they are mostly single shots, not sets or even pairs.

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    O Mac

    • 03/Nov/2022 10:09:08

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] There were rows of terraced houses opposite the hospital. flic.kr/p/2nWUxVq

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Nov/2022 10:19:18

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] From the angle, I'd say he was in the building marked Hosp on your map image (which is No Longer Standing, whatever it was).

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 03/Nov/2022 12:08:41

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Thanks. Happy to go with 1900. And thank you too, https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia/.

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    suckindeesel

    • 03/Nov/2022 17:22:28

    Streetview maps.app.goo.gl/fjRZ1VFRdMypD9Qm6?g_st=ic

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    billh35

    • 03/Nov/2022 18:15:28

    I was born in the Mater Infirmorum Hospital. Behind the trees to the left was later built the Extern which was the equivalent of A&E. The red brick building in Beachcombers photo during the 1960s served as the Nurses Home with the Mater Maternity Unit across the road. Behind the photographer was St. John's Nursing Home which was a place for convalescence. It is located on the Crumlin Road, Belfast next to the prison.

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    suckindeesel

    • 03/Nov/2022 18:22:41

    Note the wooden setts each side of the tram tracks. These were used to reduce noise in general, particularly outside hospitals

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    suckindeesel

    • 03/Nov/2022 23:01:13

    The Bundoran excursion seems to have been organised by the order of the ‘Ancient Free Gardeners’, a friendly society. Their name appears at the top of the poster jvc.oup.com/2021/02/11/the-brotherhood-of-free-gardeners/ [https://flic.kr/p/9sFEes]

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    @ttomab

    • 05/Nov/2022 04:14:54

    Nice Capture! Congratulations On Explore

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    Flickr

    • 05/Nov/2022 04:15:12

    Congrats on Explore! ⭐ November 4, 2022

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    • 05/Nov/2022 05:10:58

    Glückwunsch zu Explore !

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    RonnieLMills 9 Million Views. Thank You All :)

    • 05/Nov/2022 06:10:56

    ...and it's still there. My wife worked in the new hospital for years. Congrats on your Explore :)

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    eric_fotografie

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    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ 🍁what a beautiful photograph - certainly deserves being on explore - have a great weekend🍁

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    • 05/Nov/2022 22:10:20

    Congrats on Explore. Great photo.