Rebuilding Castlebar, Co. Mayo

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Where: Mayo, Ireland

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This shot of Castlebar is in stark contrast to the modern, bustling and thriving town we know today!
This is the last of our County towns for this week and perhaps an opportunity to search the Parish Registers

Having read the comments below and after taking a long second look at the photograph, I an inclined to side with O Mac argument that this is a scene of renewal rather than a scene of ruin.

It seems that the terraced houses in the mid right of the photo are newly built and it looks like there will be more construction at both ends of that terrace. Consequently I have changed the title from "The ruins of Castlebar, Co. Mayo" to "Rebuilding Castlebar Co. Mayo".

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: The Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Between 1895 - 1900

NLI Ref: L_ROY_06093

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    • 17/Jul/2015 07:55:28

    I'm not familiar with the history, what happened to cause such damage?

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    • 17/Jul/2015 07:56:23

    Streetview OSI Map Lawrence Photographic Project photo.

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    Reconstructing Light

    • 17/Jul/2015 07:56:54

    Amazing!! Looks well hammered at this end to the right. Everyone appears to be down at the far right street.

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    O Mac

    • 17/Jul/2015 07:57:18

    Saint Angela's Convent of Mercy NIAH seem to be quite sure of their dates. Detached five-bay two-storey over raised basement national school, built 1894; dated 1894; extant 1895; opened 1897 So.. 1895-1900?,-9.296688,3a,35.9y,181.2h,9...

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    • 17/Jul/2015 08:35:20 is this the view?

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    • 17/Jul/2015 08:38:07

    I don't know Castlebar but this is Thomas Street. The cottage on the right hand road looks the same.

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    O Mac

    • 17/Jul/2015 19:18:04

    [] I don't think Castlebar was as bad as it looks here. The terraced houses on the right are new and the rubble more likely due to ongoing demolition of old cottages that are soon to be replaced. Note, heap of sand, water pipes. The NIAH's inventory of late 19th and early 20th century buildings in Castlebar is quite extensive and would suggest the town was a prosperous market and barrack town at the time. The OSI ( which was surveyed in 1895) shows a pump where the small heap of rocks to the left of the lamp are. The pump is now in front of the lamppost ----which is hard to see. It looks like French aligned the two intentionally. It is nice to see clouds and sky in a W.L. Maybe this is why this picture, at first sight, looks dull and depressing.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Jul/2015 08:31:43 Firstly, thank you for the comments. Secondly, I agree with Owens views, if you look at the Lawrence Photograph Project photo linked by Sharon you can still see some of the old houses together with new construction replacing others.

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    O Mac

    • 21/Jul/2015 09:17:11

    [] We failed to notice on the OS map that the street that the photographer is on is called "Poor House Hill" or Stabhall. Speaking to a friend from Castlebar yesterday he tells me that this area is known as "Staball". Pronunced Stáball. No etymology I'm afraid, although it was suggested it might have a connection to the Races of Castlebar in 1798.,514844,790954,11,7 And a reverse shot probably take same day...where the houses don't look too bad at all.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Jul/2015 18:42:59 Thanks Owen.

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    • 28/Aug/2015 10:03:16

    Have to agree, it looks like the old cottages are being knocked down and replaced with new. I remember places in my childhood that resembled this in England.