This shot of Castlebar is in stark contrast to the modern, bustling and thriving town we know today!
This is the last of our County towns for this week and perhaps an opportunity to search the Parish Registers
Having read the comments below and after taking a long second look at the photograph, I an inclined to side with O Mac
argument that this is a scene of renewal rather than a scene of ruin.
It seems that the terraced houses in the mid right of the photo are newly built and it looks like there will be more construction at both ends of that terrace. Consequently I have changed the title from "The ruins of Castlebar, Co. Mayo"
to "Rebuilding Castlebar Co. Mayo"
Photographer: Robert French
Collection: The Lawrence Photograph Collection
Date: Between 1895 - 1900
NLI Ref: L_ROY_06093
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons