Square, Cahir, Co. Tipperary

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The Square in Cahir is the subject of today's image with lots of life and activity therein. There is no sign of motor transport and lots of people; but frighteningly in between the two 'jaunting' cars in the centre is a boot walking all on its lonesome!

As Niall McAuley points-out, that we can see the Post Office in the centre middleground (with it's distinctive pitched gable frontage), we know that this images dates to the first decade or so of the 20th century. (c.1902-1912ish).


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range 1865-1914. But likely c.1902-1912

NLI Ref: L_CAB_08628

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 15/Apr/2016 07:33:24

    Love the ankle and shoe of the ghost in the middle !

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    Swordscookie

    • 15/Apr/2016 07:37:27

    Oh wow! That is a lovely shot!

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    DannyM8

    • 15/Apr/2016 07:40:29

    Is that a Bicycle behind the cart on the left?

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    derangedlemur

    • 15/Apr/2016 07:40:43

    WIlliam Irwin of The Square, Caher, was 36 in 1901.

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    derangedlemur

    • 15/Apr/2016 07:42:54

    His Neighbour, J.F. O'Connor was 35. THey both owned their businesses by that stage.

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    DannyM8

    • 15/Apr/2016 07:43:40

    1911 Census William Irwin - Grocer and Provision Merchant Was also there in 1901 - Grocer and Spirit Merchant

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    derangedlemur

    • 15/Apr/2016 07:46:29

    Broderick, the next fellow over is also there in 1901 but getting on a bit. It's a bit illegible so I can't tell if that's Patrick or John running the shop in the picture.

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    derangedlemur

    • 15/Apr/2016 07:48:19

    Irwin and Broderick are still there in 1911, but O'Connor has moved.

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    B-59

    • 15/Apr/2016 07:50:17

    Streetview 2011: goo.gl/maps/eN5Vmqh57EM2

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    DannyM8

    • 15/Apr/2016 07:51:52

    There is no clock on the library / courthouse?

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    derangedlemur

    • 15/Apr/2016 07:52:32

    O'Dwyers are either not living in their family hotel or are gone by 1901. They're not in either census. Edit: Looks like they're in the census as Dwyer without the 'O'. Gone by 1911.

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    derangedlemur

    • 15/Apr/2016 07:57:29

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Town Hall: maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,605154,624798,12,9 Sure what use is time to a Tipperary man?

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    DannyM8

    • 15/Apr/2016 07:58:57

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Exactly

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    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Apr/2016 08:00:02

    I see this 1902 Post Office building on Church Street.

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    O Mac

    • 15/Apr/2016 08:04:09

    William Irwin seems to be quite sure about the day he started business. 8th August 1890

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    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Apr/2016 08:22:52

    So after 1902 (Post Office), before 1911 (Dwyer and O'Connor gone from census)

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    guliolopez

    • 15/Apr/2016 08:37:30

    This other French/Lawrence image is taken from almost exactly the same place - except we can't see the 1902 Post Office that [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] points-out. Making it late 19th century rather than first decade of 20th century in this image. The 1876 fountain is visible in both.

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    wood_worker34

    • 15/Apr/2016 09:49:27

    woodworker34 Are the back legs of the pony on the left of photo tied together

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    DannyM8

    • 15/Apr/2016 10:23:30

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] It does look like that is the case. An early parking brake!

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    RETRO STU

    • 15/Apr/2016 10:46:07

    No one seems to notice the disembodied foot on the middle of the road (lol)!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Apr/2016 11:41:18

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Excuse me Stuart, did you not read my introduction :)

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    RETRO STU

    • 15/Apr/2016 12:00:26

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland lol - I meant those in the picture!

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    AndyBrii

    • 15/Apr/2016 12:26:02

    Ahhh .. gas lighting !

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    O Mac

    • 15/Apr/2016 13:47:39

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/angeljim46 Where? :)

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    AndyBrii

    • 15/Apr/2016 19:20:31

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] It seems the gas mains came to Cahir. I counted five gaslights (see nli link enlarged ).

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    guliolopez

    • 15/Apr/2016 23:02:49

    The arrangement of the three stacked boxes (against which the guy is leaning), and the cart (and basket lid on top of it) are exactly the same in this other French/Lawrence image. Indicating that they were likely taken a few moments apart, and allowing the dating of the second image also...

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    O Mac

    • 15/Apr/2016 23:09:36

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] True..but where did that guy go? . www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/26384468451/in/datepos...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Apr/2016 23:14:58

    Thanks all. Have a great weekend. Whatever your Saturday plans, hopefully they aren't interrupted by wandering apparitions searching for long-lost footwear :)

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 16/Apr/2016 05:20:47

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Terrific ! Can we go right around the (rectangular) square ? - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000332344

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Apr/2016 13:47:18

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland I think 7648 is older - the hotel has had a coat of paint since then in O Mac's montage.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 16/Apr/2016 21:42:54

    The Unfortunate Ghost Limerick A one-legged ghost in Cahir, he Haunts the left side of the square. He Lost his old boot When walking the route - It's a very Long Way to Tipperary !

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    guliolopez

    • 18/Apr/2016 09:23:30

    Very cool https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]. A nice piece of work. Did you use a photostitching tool? Or "by hand"? As regards the leaning guy, I'm not sure where he ended-up. But the person in the light-coloured hat is fairly distinct in both.