Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
Is it some sort of heritage line? It's cluttered up with historic rolling stock in Streetview.
It is a heritage line, s.
The song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7w7eH6JuL50
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Did I hear about a court case between Percy French and the Wast Clare Railway over that song?
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Seems so:
"The West Clare Railway was the topic of Percy French’s song written in 1902, “Are Ye Right There Michael, are ye right?”, deriding the poor time keeping and poor track quality of the time. Though amusing, some complained that this jesting nevertheless did little to further the cause for keeping the line open. However it is still the most famous railway song extant and was the subject of an unsuccessful libel action by the Railway Directors against Percy French. Because of a slow train and the decision of the driver to stop for no apparent reason while en route in Corofin, French, though having left Sligo in the early morning, arrived so late for an 8 PM recital, which he was due to give that the audience had left. The ballad caused considerable embarrassment for the rail company, who were mocked in music halls throughout Ireland and Britain because of the song. It led to an unsuccessful libel action against French.
It is said that French arrived late for the libel hearing at the court, and when questioned by the judge on his lateness, he responded “Your honour, I travelled by the West Clare Railway”, resulting in the case being thrown out."
s. also en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Are_Ye_Right_There_Michael
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] There are a couple of comments from James Beattie on YouTube...
"The owners of the railway entered an action for libel against Percy French (the writer) who entered a counter claim - for being the cause of making him late for a professional engagement. The railway company backed down and made a payment in his favour. The West Clare Railway is now defunct. The engine was called "Bessborough" still stands at Ennis station. The original "Michael" is said to have been Michael Talty who died aged 99 in 1957."
"Percy French actually won the case and was awarded one penny by the judge. he had to pay his own legal costs.
The West Clare Railway closed in 1957. the tracks taken up and the land sold back to farmers. What a pity?"
It's unusual to see an O'Dea that isn't square format.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] well spotted.
I think we will need two blasts of the sudden death Klaxon to go with this report.
Thanks [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] - certainly a klaxon-worthy (double) misfortune to report there. May have to listen to French's parody song again - to lift the spirits somewhat. Great to hear that the line is in use again as a heritage railway!
Plain of the Fat Lazy Woman?!
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/wildrover51] Plain of Asta?
Magh, f. (gs. maighe, npl. ~a, gpl. ~). Lit: Top: Plain
Geasta, m. (gs. ~, pl. ~í). Guest. ~ ósta, (i) guest at inn, (ii) fat lazy woman.