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When: 01 January 1904

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Thought this would be a good image to end on (please excuse me while I tuck away my dangling preposition). This is my last day here at the NLI, and I want to thank all of you for the research, investigation, argument, theorising, geo-locating... You have immensely improved what we knew or thought we knew about photographs in our care, and hence improved our national photographic collection.

On a personal note, I want to thank all of you Flickroonies for surprising and amazing and making me laugh every day over the last couple of years.
I wish you all the very best!
Carol Maddock

Photographer: Robert French of Lawrence Photographic Studios, Dublin

Date: Circa 1904??

NLI Ref: NPA NLIRR1

You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Jan/2014 09:46:19

    P.S. Niall McAuley suggested that we review the most popular of our photos. This photo of a bustling market scene at Ballybricken Green in Waterford has had the most views with over 255,000... [http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/7141494779/] Footing the Turf near Ballymena has provoked the greatest number of comments - 105... [http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/8538126493/] closely followed by the Post Office at Adrigole (that mystery took some solving!) with 103 comments... [http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/8366240991/]

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    pellethepoet

    • 30/Jan/2014 09:49:06

    C ommons Queen! A ward-winning R esearch facilitator O h! the laughs - L imericks! hounds!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Jan/2014 09:53:49

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/pellethepoet] Bualadh bos! (Have you seen this phrase here before? If not, off to Google Translate with you :)

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 30/Jan/2014 10:06:16

    The Thank You to Carol Limerick A lady from Dublin called Carol Did well in librarian's apparel - From Library Towers There's been hours and hours Of searching, and laughs by the barrel !

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    Vab2009

    • 30/Jan/2014 10:07:15

    I had to Google it! This image makes me want to shout and create a racket!! Thank you very much, Carol for the great trip around Ireland. It has been great fun and I have learnt about lots of places.

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    Vab2009

    • 30/Jan/2014 10:08:48

    You have nearly 3000 contacts - you can tell how many people count the NLI as a contact from your contact list - it may well be a lot more!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Jan/2014 10:09:44

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/vab2009] Delighted to hear it! I've learnt loads too. Was in Galway a while ago, and got a big wave of deja vu. Realised I was standing in almost the same spot Robert French must have stood to take a photo of a hotel...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Jan/2014 10:10:28

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Thank you, crafter of Limericks extraordinaire, and you kept it remarkably clean! :D

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    Robinson_Luzo

    • 30/Jan/2014 10:15:24

    Wishing you all the best Carol, your wit, insight and great posts shall be greatly missed.

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    richard39a

    • 30/Jan/2014 10:39:06

    Best Wishes for the future Carol and thank you for your fabulous posts. A real feast for the eyes and the mind.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Jan/2014 10:43:05

    All the best, Carol. Your choice of pictures, plus the personal touch you bring to the comments threads are the reason this Flickr photostream has become a community. Hopefully it will survive this transition, and you can drop in and visit in future!

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    richard39a

    • 30/Jan/2014 10:49:05

    "The constant readers' room. In the readers' book Cashel Boyle O'Connor Fitzmaurice Tisdall Farrell parafaces his polysyllables. Item: was Hamlet mad? The quaker's pate godlily with a priesteen in booktalk." James Joyce: Ulysses (Scylla and Charibdis)

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    RETRO STU

    • 30/Jan/2014 11:11:10

    "never end your sentence on a preposition" LOL !!! Jeez...whoever made up that pedantic rule? Sent you a mail message this morning, hope you will get time to read it. All the best. Stuart.

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    Myrtle26

    • 30/Jan/2014 11:16:53

    All the best, Carol. Your choices, your humour, learning and gratitude have raised the ever faithful National Library of Ireland to the highest level. Carry those attributes with you and you will always be happy.

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    guliolopez

    • 30/Jan/2014 11:20:41

    I'm going to get all emotional and deep now, and quote Yeats - who wrote this from the room pictured only a few years before this photo was taken:

    Nobody in this great library is doing any disinterested reading, nobody is poring over any book for the sake of the beauty of its words, for the glory of its thought, but all are reading that they may pass an examination
    Quoted from an essay which looks at the interactions between National Library staff in 1904 (the year Ulysses was set) and its distinguished readers, including Yeats and Joyce. While Yeats is actually saddened that his fellow readers aren't "poring over" the works for the sake of truth/beauty, I would still in no way compare our "Flickroonie" interactions to those which Yeats and the essay discuss. I say this as, for the most-part any "poring over" that we did was for considerably more flighty reasons. That said, Carol, I hope we passed examination! (Thanks Teach' . And Goodbye Mr Chips!) {sniff}

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    mcwidi_2

    • 30/Jan/2014 11:48:15

    Carol best wishes from Canada !

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Jan/2014 11:49:10

    Don't you start sniffing, [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] or you'll set me off too! Thank you all for your kind words...

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    John Spooner

    • 30/Jan/2014 11:53:04

    The Morning Post (London), Tuesday, January 31, 1899era From tomorrow there will be, for many of us NLI but I think we can all agree that NLI (both Freeman's Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser, Wednesday, August 31, 1898)

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    ccferrie

    • 30/Jan/2014 12:01:39

    Hi Carol, I know I've already sent you best wishes in other forums but I just wanted to share some of my favourite NLI pics from the last couple of years: This one of Rathdrum, for purely vanity reasons as it was one of my personal triumphs :-) and because of the continuity of the name over the shop to the present day: [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8453130686/in/photolist-dSYvfw] This one of Maureen O'Sullivan's uncle which got a response from Mia Farrow on twitter: [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8228460965/in/photolist-dx81LD] This one of my home town. Which prompted a blog post by the grand-daughter of the owner of McCoy's Haircutting Rooms, Felicity Hayes McCoy (unfortunately the blog post seems to have been removed): [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8056715771/in/photolist-dgWLUB-bnGzFW-9PdBEg] and finally, the fantastic team effort in identifying Adrigole Post Office and especially [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/]'s field work: [http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/8366240991/] Thank you for keeping us entertained and for creating such an invaluable resource. I'm not sure what I'm going to do now when I'm inclined to procrastinate :-)

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    John Spooner

    • 30/Jan/2014 12:07:32

    Week ending 15th June 1895, there were 2,832 visitors to the National Library of Ireland (open 10 am ro 10 pm, admission by introduction) male 2664, female 168. That's a smigeon over 1.1% of the number who have viewed the Ballybricken picture (without introduction).

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    modred

    • 30/Jan/2014 12:13:47

    Best of luck Carol, and thanks for the interesting material you have sourced for us to enjoy. Will the postings continue?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Jan/2014 12:19:35

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] There'll be a bit of a pause to proceedings for now.

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    La Belle Province

    • 30/Jan/2014 13:20:16

    Carol, it truly saddens me to close the door on the lovely gathering place you've made for us. You and the Flickroonies have been a regular part of each morning's breakfast for years. You've been the curator of our particularly erudite and quirky online collection, our den mother, impromptu tag-maker and bringer of delight, especially including dogs, frogs and bonnets. I'll miss all of this, and you. I hope the future has marvellous things in store for you, and I'll be in touch. Not with "goodbye", but "see you later"... xoxo

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 30/Jan/2014 13:35:49

    We thank you for helping us all learn something Carol! It's been great. Merci!

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    DannyM8

    • 30/Jan/2014 13:45:52

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12220864763/]

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    ofarrl

    • 30/Jan/2014 13:51:27

    Carol, thank you for sharing all these wonderful photos and making it such a pleasant and informative experience. Best of luck and hopefully you'll pop in and say hello now and again.

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    Ronán

    • 30/Jan/2014 14:43:57

    Thank you for all your fascinating work. Who will take over and know that you're gone? And whatever you do next I hope it is enjoyable!

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    cheryldecarteret

    • 30/Jan/2014 15:01:47

    Thank you for all the interesting photos of Ireland! Hope it will carry on! The above pic looks so modern day, leaning over their laptops! :O)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Jan/2014 15:57:25

    Thanks so much, everyone! Bit mad here today, so looking forward to reading all your comments at my leisure... :)

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    TEXASJOHN

    • 30/Jan/2014 16:59:46

    A whack on the knuckles !

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    chrisper2009

    • 30/Jan/2014 17:10:55

    As a 'fence sitter' I have enjoyed the fevered searches by many and your responses. Good luck to you and thank you to you and all your cohorts.

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    DMC .

    • 30/Jan/2014 17:58:41

    Best of luck Carol.

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    eyelightfilms

    • 30/Jan/2014 22:04:21

    Just found this sad news tonight.Best of luck Carol. One of the very best things on Flickr. Hope it doesn't come to an end now.

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    Flapweb

    • 31/Jan/2014 00:08:53

    I've greatly enjoyed your work - good luck in your future endeavors!

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    SintPetersburg1

    • 31/Jan/2014 06:55:46

    Fantastic classic scene - I want to join them inmediately (:-))

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    billh35

    • 31/Jan/2014 09:45:47

    And so it came to pass that an eerie silence fell over the NLI flick stream.....a tumbleweed blew down the stream...and a sadness befell the assembled flickrites..........Flickr just seemed an emptier place..but then BillH told the assembled throng that he has suggested to Carol that she joins Location Hunters from her own modest Flickr account where he will make her an Admin so she can continue to enjoy the banter and crac from time to time.........and if you're a follower here then you may want to join the group if you're not already a member... www.flickr.com/groups/locationhunters/ and to the future I am sure we all look forward to welcoming Carol's successor and hope that they approach this aspect of their work with the same enthusiasm and passion as before....meanwhile settle down folks, time for a brew and a digestive biscuit!

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    Colms Photos

    • 31/Jan/2014 13:20:30

    Thanks for all the fantastic pictures you sent our way Carol. Best of luck with whatever you choose to do

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    lffderme

    • 31/Jan/2014 18:18:34

    semplicemente fantastica: tutti con l'I pad!!! :))))

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    alias archie

    • 31/Jan/2014 21:03:35

    Thank you for all your endeavours Carol ! As a silent follower of your stream I have enjoyed your photo selection and the research it has stimulated. Good luck for the future.

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    maorlando - God keeps me as I lean on Him!!

    • 01/Feb/2014 15:52:03

    Oh Carol what sad news... you truly will be missed and the marvelous camaraderie between you and your posters... it has been a "hoot" following y'all!!! (As was stated above by "alias archie" I have been a rather silent but regular follower.) Do wish this would continue as you truly have a marvelous way of interacting... and the photos have been so delightful and interesting... surely there must be more some where to continue sharing... but regardless the truth is you will be missed very much... thank you for your wonderful work!!! Wishing you many blessings always my friend... Hugs from Texas!!!

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 01/Feb/2014 16:51:01

    So when does the new teacher get here? Did Carol say what happens now that she's gone?

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    terrierchica

    • 01/Feb/2014 17:14:36

    this is sad. I hope someone else keeps posting -- and that carol is on to bigger and better things.

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    Lynchburg College Archives

    • 02/Feb/2014 23:29:16

    Wait!! Where are you going? I'll miss you.

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    guliolopez

    • 03/Feb/2014 14:06:37

    The label for this image seems all the more poignant today

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    DannyM8

    • 04/Feb/2014 19:00:14

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Even more so today, it would be handy to know when posting will resume on the [http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] photostrean, rather than looking each day to see if it has?

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 05/Feb/2014 05:06:32

    Well heck, I'll just email them see what they say. Done.

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    abandoned railways

    • 05/Feb/2014 13:54:26

    Best wishes for your future Carol. You will bring a light anywhere.

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    swordscookie back and trying to catch up!

    • 05/Feb/2014 15:35:35

    This was such a valuable and entertaining stream it would be a pity to see it dying out. Carol was wonderful and kept us all going but the staff at NLI are good people and surely somebody else could step into the breach? Perhaps if we all made contact with them and asked it would elicit some response and at least let us know if normal service will resume. Done!

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    RETRO STU

    • 05/Feb/2014 16:01:06

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Hi Sean. Sadly, I suspect this NLI project was a passion of Carol's and maybe no else at the NLI will be as motivated to continue her excellent work. Stuart.

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    mcwidi_2

    • 05/Feb/2014 16:09:42

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I miss Carol and her excellent work and the interaction that she brought to the Flickr community. Hopefully someone else will carryon. Thanks to all the regular contributers, it was a great experience.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Feb/2014 17:58:46

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] Sean, I wouldn't panic yet. Carol herself said above: There'll be a bit of a pause to proceedings for now.. Some unnamed person has already posted a JJ Clarke to Facebook, and I'd guess they'll appear here fairly soon.

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    Lynchburg College Archives

    • 05/Feb/2014 18:14:45

    I want Carol back. Being a librarian I know how freakishly bizarre it is to find a gem of a librarian like Carol. (I'm sulking but as long as she's happy, it's all good....sort of).

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 05/Feb/2014 23:45:09

    Dear Brian DHR Communications are now looking after social media for the National Library. Martina Quinn is the contact name. She can be contacted at [email protected] Best wishes, Siobhán O'Donovan Duty Librarian National Library of Ireland www.nli.ie We're looking for Martina... Looks like NLI has outsourced the work here.

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    PETER9914 Back on track.

    • 06/Feb/2014 03:58:10

    Oh! dear one of my daily pleasures gone, sigh........

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    DannyM8

    • 06/Feb/2014 08:43:44

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] should we start to panic now? In my opinion this stream has little to do with "social media" as it is deployed by most organisations. This is The Commons The key goal of The Commons is to share hidden treasures from the world's public photography archives. Please help make the photographs you enjoy more discoverable by adding tags and leaving comments. Your contributions and knowledge make these photos even richer* Can this be outsourced?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Feb/2014 09:45:01

    Well, given access to the archive and a wage, any of us could do what Carol did (if not as well or with such charm), whether we officially worked as a librarian or not. I don't see why DHR and Martina can't do it. carol won awards for this photostream, the nli surely noticed!

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    billh35

    • 06/Feb/2014 11:30:50

    Perhaps it would be interesting for NLI to clarify how they see the future of the Flickr photostream and how they see DHR managing it. To my mind this stream has gone beyond just "posting pictures people may be interested in" and has become a valuable research tool in identifying and cataloguing photos which the NLI possesses - the only problem is that they may not realise what a "no cost" asset they have at their finger tips. If the work has been outsourced, it will be interesting to see where the priority for social media lies. This photostream not only researches photos for them but has created PR opportunities which have been picked up by local and national media. It would be interesting to know what DHR have planned.

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    Inverarra

    • 06/Feb/2014 20:40:30

    Many thanks and good luck.Your stream was a kind of daily "lucky bag"

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    DannyM8

    • 10/Feb/2014 09:45:10

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] We are into the second week without any photographs - care to comment [http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] ?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Feb/2014 11:02:20

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I'd be more worried about the fact that we're starting to see spam appear in comment threads. These really do need curating, or the existing value in comment threads will be swamped.

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    DannyM8

    • 10/Feb/2014 11:23:43

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Niall, I agree with your point. I am disappointed with the silence, I would like to see some notice of the NLI plan for the future, I do understand that they may not have had a plan, but there should be one by now and I think it would be fair for it to be posted here. If it were not for the [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] e-mail, we would know nothing.

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    billh35

    • 10/Feb/2014 11:30:49

    I think you need to give Martina a chance to get her feet under the table. You have to remember that this was only one aspect of Carole's job and I am sure it will take Martina & DHR a little time to find their feet so a little patience may be in order. If you see spam report it to flickr and they can deal with it. I am sure the NLI will want to see Carole's excellent work continued but if it's like this in another couple of week's time then perhaps it's time to make some noise? Thoughts?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Feb/2014 12:19:57

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I think it is very early to be panicking - over on facebook, nli just posted a link to a photo in this flickr stream, so "they" are certainly aware of it. Patience, all.

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 11/Feb/2014 04:38:28

    No panic yet, anxiety perhaps... Might give that Martina lady another week, then perhaps another email...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 11/Feb/2014 12:49:45

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] Please pull your finger out ! (with no apology for not tucking away the dangling preposition)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 11/Feb/2014 15:12:46

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Now, now, play nice :D

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    DannyM8

    • 13/Feb/2014 09:25:15

    Quote, In America, it takes about two weeks in the limelight for the whole country to think you've been around for years. Matt Taibbi Question - does this work in reverse?

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    dorameulman

    • 16/Feb/2014 16:06:43

    Thanks for your wonderful photo's I hope you will continue to share and enlighten us.

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    whatsthatpicture

    • 17/Feb/2014 09:43:33

    Update at www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/12584715825/in/photostream/

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    plaisanter~

    • 18/Feb/2014 00:18:18

    Missing Carol and hope she's doing well.

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    Nick Stewart2

    • 18/Feb/2014 08:29:31

    How sad. Good luck Carol. You will be sorely missed.

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    KenjiB_48

    • 18/Feb/2014 16:55:35

    I'm sure the click of the shutter reverberated through the room. The gentleman in the front seems to be steeling himself for the shock. Ah, Carol, we'll miss ye sorely.

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    jamica1

    • 18/Feb/2014 20:13:27

    Scroll down for a photo of Carol herself www.ucd.ie/sils/alumniandfriends/events/

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    KenjiB_48

    • 18/Feb/2014 20:32:06

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamica1] And a lovely person she is, isn't she?

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    jamica1

    • 18/Feb/2014 21:45:52

    Isn't she though? She needed to step in front of the camera lens more often.

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    R Dubya

    • 22/Feb/2014 16:41:49

    Thanks Carol!

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    marsnominee

    • 25/Feb/2014 22:00:55

    Go raibh míle maith agat Carol - will miss this :-(

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    John A. Coffey

    • 12/Mar/2014 17:38:06

    Go raibh míle maith agat freisin.