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Where: 2 Charlemont Pl, Saint Kevin's, Dublin, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1959

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General view with crane, Adelaide Road, Dublin City, Co. Dublin or where's the Austin Cambridge.

Thanks for all the comments and fun today. The Mystery car issue is fascinating, was O'Dea a lazy photographer, did he just park his car in the first available space, or was he as some have suggested (hoped), setting a puzzle for the future viewers of his fantastic photographs.

I for one hope it is the latter, and that Mr O'Dea wherever he might be is having a good laugh at our expense.

I must say that I am disappointed with the lack of a Mystery Car Limerick.

This line was closed because it was losing a couple of thousand pounds a year, it cost many hundreds of millions of euro to open part of it again in the naughties, progress indeed.

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection: James P. O'Dea

Date: June 02 1959

NLI Ref.: ODEA 12/48

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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    O Mac

    • 29/May/2015 07:46:41

    maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,715834,732800,12,9 Ah Ha ! There's O'Dea's Mk2 Morris Minor. ZU 2716 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000306129

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/May/2015 07:47:54

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] According to [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] 's valuable research this is still the pre-ZIK382 era :-) It only began in 1963.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/May/2015 07:53:42

    It looks a bit different today (Streetview)

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    O Mac

    • 29/May/2015 08:09:28

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I would have thought the photograph was taken looking west? The terrace on the left is still there. www.google.com.hk/maps/@53.332777,-6.259813,3a,75y,287.5h...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 29/May/2015 08:15:42

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Should I change the title to "Where's the Morris Minor" then????

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    DannyM8

    • 29/May/2015 08:17:42

    The mystery car plot thickens!! I wonder was having his car in the photos a planned activity?

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/May/2015 08:17:45

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Mine was poitning west, I thought. (But I was a bit too far west, got confused between the various new and old train/tram lines for a bit).

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    swordscookie back and trying to catch up!

    • 29/May/2015 08:25:32

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] No Danny, he was being a lazy photographer, he would park up first and then go look for his best POV!

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    swordscookie back and trying to catch up!

    • 29/May/2015 08:28:59

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I can see why you would be confused with this scene. Adelaide Road/Harcourt Road is one of those thoroughfares that has been altered almost beyond recognition. This area was a hive of activity by night and a sleepy hollow during the day. The nearby hostelries and dance halls were great spots for the craic and I remember walking along there on a Sunday afternoon and not a car in sight!

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/May/2015 08:29:07

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] I was assuming he was doing it deliberately so that people from all over the world looking at his photos 50 years later could play "spot the car". :-)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/May/2015 08:29:53

    Sadly, the crane and ladder are probably there because they are lifting the rails after this line closed: from wikipediaThe tracks were lifted between 1 January 1959 and September 1960. This is at the city terminus of the Harcourt Street line, which we saw out at Farrenboley here: Railway Footbridge at Churchtown, Dublin

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 29/May/2015 08:30:20

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] In fairness he was so far-sighted in his collection of those times that perhaps he had that wicked sense of humour to match?

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/May/2015 08:31:34

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] There's a close up of the crane doing the track-lifting too.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/May/2015 08:40:02

    The line can also be seen crossing the Nine Arches viaduct over the Dodder near Milltown in this allegedly location unknown Fergus O'Connor shot: catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000298615

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    swordscookie back and trying to catch up!

    • 29/May/2015 08:40:28

    Theres a fabulous photo in one of the hotels in Harcourt Street of a train that rammed right through the end wall out onto the Harcourt Street/Hatch Street junction. These are the buffers and the end wall that the train drove through. I tried searching for it on the NLI site but no joy!

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/May/2015 08:43:13

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] This one? www.flickr.com/photos/tg4/6875790953

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/May/2015 08:46:10

    The station just across this bridge was sold soon after, and O'Dea was there again! Sold!

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    swordscookie back and trying to catch up!

    • 29/May/2015 08:46:20

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's the one! I could look at that photograph for hours! There was a movie a few years back, I think it was the "Thunderbolt Express" where a similar scene was enacted but this was the real deal!!!! Thank you for digging that out for me, you just made my day!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/May/2015 08:47:34

    01-03-12@ 20.00 Bóithre Iarainn-Crash (Harcourt) [Edit: Too slow!!!]

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    DannyM8

    • 29/May/2015 08:48:50

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Sean I hope you are wrong and that Sharon is right!!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/May/2015 08:53:18

    You can't even see the mend, now, 115 years later.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/May/2015 08:58:59

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Someone on Broadsheet combined the photo and streetview.

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    O Mac

    • 29/May/2015 09:01:59

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] There's something very "photoshopped" looking with that TG4 crash picture. Modern bollards bottom left etc

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    O Mac

    • 29/May/2015 09:04:54

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/May/2015 09:07:03

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I think it's a still from their program, where they added the photo to the then current view of the building.

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    O Mac

    • 29/May/2015 09:16:12

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Ah I see.

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    John Spooner

    • 29/May/2015 09:22:32

    Perhaps he'd taken his car to Auto Services Quick Service Dept and nipped out to take some photos when he found out they weren't as quick as the name suggested.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/May/2015 09:29:16

    "We don't have the part in stock..."

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 29/May/2015 09:58:15

    Respect to James P. O'Dea for including 'selfies' of his cars, providing Flickroonies with hours of entertainment. Meanwhile, that looks like the back end of a Daimler Majestic in the middle of the road - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daimler_Majestic. And a Fiat Topolino on the right in front of the VW ? - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_500_%22Topolino%22 [still missing flickr notes ... }

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    DannyM8

    • 29/May/2015 13:08:09

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/17610291923/in/dateposted-public/] Report of the Saint Valentines Day Accident at Hatch Street - Irish times 15th February 1900.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 29/May/2015 15:42:12

    Here's that glorious photo of the accident that's held at Library Towers. It's from the Sparkes Collection...

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    O Mac

    • 29/May/2015 23:59:33

    This is the Auto Services Ltd garage/forecourt that was on the corner of Harcourt St. and Adelaide Rd. The "Shell" petrol sign is just visible far side of bridge above.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 30/May/2015 07:40:23

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] - "I must say that I am disappointed with the lack of a Mystery Car Limerick." - Your wish is my command. I can resist anything except temptation, but I am not sure if O'Dea rhymes with oh day, oh dee, or oh dear ... The Trainspotter's Carspotter's Limerick

    There once was a man called O'Dea Who trainspotted way back in the day. His fine Austin Cambridge He'd park near a train bridge, Or this Morris - trademark or cliché ?!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/May/2015 12:30:23

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Here was I thinking that nobody read the summaries! Thank you for the Limerick - one of your best. Mary p.s. Oh day and Oh dee are both acceptable rhymes.

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    O Mac

    • 30/May/2015 15:25:37

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] What's meant by "Date Published" in NLI context? Searching "June 2nd 1959" brings up 23 O'Dea photographs that he could not possibly have taken that same day? .....So do we assume date given is not day taken? Unless there's more to that Morris Minor than we know about. catalogue.nli.ie/Search/Results?lookfor=June+02+1959&... Great limerick [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia]

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    swordscookie back and trying to catch up!

    • 30/May/2015 20:27:23

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I would have thought a PhD would have picked that up straight away???? He took a series of shots on film and developed them later so they would all have the one date thereon! See, simple and I'm an ordinary Cookie!

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    O Mac

    • 30/May/2015 20:43:20

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] Ah ! Makes sense. Thanks. It's a bit erroneous then to use the "publishing Date" as date picture taken ??? He could have left undeveloped rolls of film in the glovebox of his Morris Minor for ages.

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    swordscookie back and trying to catch up!

    • 30/May/2015 21:11:21

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Owen, I suspect that he catalogued them on the date developed or thereabouts and the NLI just his dates at face value? By the way thank you again for the shortcuts, they make life so much simpler!

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    O Mac

    • 31/May/2015 16:28:28

    And there it was gone..........inc ZU 2716 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000304664

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    swordscookie back and trying to catch up!

    • 31/May/2015 18:47:29

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] That is the way most of us older Flickroonies would remember it!

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    eyelightfilms

    • 31/May/2015 20:30:30

    Ford Consul Mark II on left. Motorcycle looks very like a Moto Guzzi. I should know the car in the middle of the road it it just won't come to me. Over on the right side by the lamppost is a Morris Minor Series II, with what looks like a Ford Anglia behind it. In the foreground on the right are a Fiat Topolino and a Volkswagen Beetle.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 31/May/2015 20:52:12

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyelightfilms] I note that one of our commenters above has identified the car in the centre of the road as a Daimler????

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    O Mac

    • 31/May/2015 21:05:41

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] Ahh!! the "press button A" days...............:)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 01/Jun/2015 07:00:57

    I have added a few new photos to the Less than 5 comment album. [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/sets/72157651352773330]

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 09/Jun/2017 10:05:11

    The O'Dea Morris Minor ZU 2716 is also seen in another Adelaide Road photo - in a different position when the railway bridge has gone, August 1959 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000304664 (perhaps we already knew that ! )

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 22/Jun/2017 12:29:52

    More older car spottings - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000303424 - ZE 7121 Austin A40 Devon catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000303425 - ditto catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000303422 - ditto