Long Cars, Gorey, Co. Wexford

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What a lovely photograph, it even has not one but two dogs!!.

It seems that Long Cars are a type of early public transport (strike free perhaps?) Carol Maddock refers us to an advertisment in the Irish Times from 1894 which states that we are only 4 miles from sea by long cars constantly running....

There are 13 Car Drivers in the 1901 census for the area, I am presuming they drive this type of car?

ONLY 2 Months and 6 Days to go............ I cant wait for the 8th July, what about you?

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: The Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1900

NLI Ref: L_ROY_10655

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    O Mac

    • 01/May/2015 07:21:39

    Main Street www.google.ie/maps/@52.676398,-6.291828,3a,75y,291.54h,82...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/May/2015 07:33:49

    Dog!!

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    DannyM8

    • 01/May/2015 07:38:33

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley I had given up on the daily search for the Dog, I was beginning to think nobody cared!!!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/May/2015 07:41:56

    Possible Webbs in 1901. The building form says 7 windows to the front, which looks right.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/May/2015 07:46:54

    In 1911, that building is a Public House, so this is earlier than that (not much help!).

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 01/May/2015 08:09:29

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley There are two dogs.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/May/2015 08:13:55

    Indeed, a lurcher and some sort of Spaniel, perhaps a King Charles of the day Edit - not a King Charles - he just has some white on his muzzle. A regular spaniel/

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/May/2015 08:21:39

    Just left of the left hand car, I think I see Harper, a Milliners shop, in 1901.

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    Swordscookie

    • 01/May/2015 08:28:22

    Those poor horses ribs are showing through their hides in all four! Obviously hard working and not that much nourishment in those days! The dog on the car looks more like a gun dog cross than a King Charles, whatever he is he looks content with his lot in any event!

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    sharon.corbet

    • 01/May/2015 09:33:06

    What looks to me like a reverse view also featuring both dogs...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 01/May/2015 09:35:46

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Very nice reverse view Sharon but now there are three dogs! Danny, where are you?????? The two on the ground are clearly visible and the smaller dog appears to be between the driver and shotgun on the front car!

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    Carol Maddock

    • 01/May/2015 12:38:51

    From p. 8 of the Irish Times on Friday, 15 June 1894:

    GOREY. Handsome Detached Residence. To be let, fully Furnished, on moderate terms, within a few minutes’ walk of rail station, and 4 miles from sea by long cars constantly running…

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    Swordscookie

    • 01/May/2015 13:52:55

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Be careful young lady, if you keep visiting here you could easily be hooked:-)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/May/2015 14:05:24

    Google maps says it's a 10 minute walk to the station from this spot.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 01/May/2015 14:13:24

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie Having to pace myself alright! Only just been released from Flickroonie Rehab... :)

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    BITH*

    • 01/May/2015 17:36:46

    I wonder what is actually meant by "long cars"? Some form of early public transport?? The other thing that stands out is the apparent width of the street. Perhaps there used to be a market held there?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/May/2015 18:41:02

    The left hand car seems to be the first class car, with straw boaters, ladies in fashionable dresses and hats, where the front one is more men in flat caps and dirt.

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    Swordscookie

    • 01/May/2015 21:27:44

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] The different forms of transport in those days were jaunting cars which at most held four and a driver sitting facing outwards and these long cars which had room for twice as many! The jaunting car or jarvey car is still very much in evidence in places like Killarney and I remember them being used as taxis in my home town back in the '50's!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/May/2015 04:45:55

    There were 13 "Car Driver's" in the 1901 Census for Gorey, I am presuming this type of car rather than the internal combustion engine type? Census 1901

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/May/2015 09:02:06

    I don't see anything definitive on dates. The census says before 1911, and 1901 is possible. I think the hats suggest 1900 ish, too.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 02/May/2015 10:56:29

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Circa 1900 looking safe enough alright.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/May/2015 11:20:45

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thank you. Mary

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    Simon_Bates

    • 21/Sep/2019 15:10:04

    I wonder were these long cars built by Bates & Sons, Coach Builders, Gorey? Apparently the Bates' coaches were world famous, and equaled Rolls Royce in status.