Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
Betting on 1898 for the date!
I prefer the photo with Mr Merry and his barrow. Or is it one of his lads? catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000589979
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia I thought it was a bit blurry, so went for this one and its Seville oranges.
All four Merry's house photos were taken at different times - see the displays in the doorway. And the blinds and curtains ...
Yikes! Merry's is still going strong. Since 1868 - merrys.ie/our-story/
Edit - still going strong in Dungarvan. nb similar typeface in streetview - goo.gl/maps/cCEcVoPEtAaefxen6
"FP stands for fire plug. Prior to fire hydrants firemen would dig down to the water main and bore a hole in it – the hole would fill with water that they could use for firefighting. Once the fire was extinguished they would hammer a bung or ‘plug’ into the pipe and backfill the hole, leaving an FP mark on the building for future reference. The term stuck when hydrants were introduced and their locations were marked with FP signs. ".
in this case 32ft off wall.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Brilliant. I thought we'd had FP and measurements before, but couldn't recall where. I'm 129, you know.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Janey Mac...you're getting on...!!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Ageing disgracefully.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ well at 129 you are entitled to age anyways you like..
1901 census -
Robert A. is 61
Phemia is 50 wife
two daughters ...
two shop assistant boarders - Henry Leston (25) and Arthur Pomeroy (19)
A cook and a servant ...
See - census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Waterford/Waterford...
Thinking Henry Leston (born in London) might be the barrow boy.
Edit - in the barrow photo there is a young man in a suit and top hat(?) standing in the doorway. Arthur Pomeroy? catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000589979 (again)
Seville orange season runs from the end of December through to mid February so photo not taken at time of Walsh fire or wall collapse which was May and August.
There seems to be some sort of plaque on the back wall of the shop with "Gold Medal ?Paris" and a date on it. But none of the photos is clear enough to allow me to read the date.
I like the "Foreign Mineral Waters" touch. Irish water not good enough?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet Merry Notions!
To confuse further - Mr French / Lawrence kindly provides before and after shots of the Poole/Walsh/Merry houses ...
Before 1898 fire with no trees outside Poole's - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000335815
Well after fire, new Walsh house and new shopfront and top fancy freize at Mr Merry's (trees have grown a little) - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000326750
[Ed. There is a Model T Ford amongst the sheep! 1907+?]
Which seems to say this photo is near to 1900 than, say, 1910.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] There's one with a Royal Visit with the fancy frieze on Merry's. Which would have been 1904, I think.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] French/Lawrence was also in the Mall in 1904, though taking a photo in the other direction.
The Merry Men were footloose and fancy frieze ...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia At least a week in the Pun Bin for you!
foreign mineral waters? Apolinaris