Earl Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

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Another fine Lawrence street shot taken by the inimitable Mr. French to start our week! Here we have not only a goodly, straight and clean street but the denizens thereof watching the artist as he takes their image for posterity. Looking at the lady with the donkey and cart dressed in a shawl and bowler hat it strikes me how closely that dress resembles the dress of the women in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador in the high Andes. Can anybody see the man with one leg?

Thanks to all of today's contributors - including to B-59 and Niall McAuley who draw our attention to the street names. Including that the main street we see ("Earl Street") was renamed (to "Pearse Street") in the decades that followed this image, while one of the side-streets has an Irish language street sign (later standardised to "Boithrín Tobar an Sconna")...


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: between 1880-1900

NLI Ref: L_ROY_08093

You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie

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    B-59

    • 23/May/2016 07:30:59

    Streetview 2014: goo.gl/maps/MhywBh5gmWr

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    Foxglove

    • 23/May/2016 07:39:35

    oh my first thought was "BOLIVIA" !! :-) the original source of the potato mmmmm

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    Swordscookie

    • 23/May/2016 07:45:52

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove Me too! I notice the boy with the white collar on the right is carrying a basket similar to the one my Dad used when he was working on the the railway. He would carry his lunch and necessities in it with his "journals" where he noted the accounts of the times and places he would go to!

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    B-59

    • 23/May/2016 07:54:22

    Now Pearse Street According to mullingarhistory.wordpress.com/mullingar-town-council-blogs/, Earl Street appears to have been named in honour of the new Landlord of Mullingar, Colonel Greville, who had purchased the town in 1858. In 1920-21, streets were re-named after patriot dead and other suitable figures.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 23/May/2016 08:27:55

    We see the gable of #18 at right, built in 1870. If it was built, we would see the bay window of 20-22, built around 1890.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 23/May/2016 09:00:17

    Interesting that Spout Well Lane to the right is labelled as gaeilge - Sraidin Tobar an Something. Today the sign says Boithrín Tobar an Sconna.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 23/May/2016 09:29:52

    Lots of these names in the 1901 census Daly, Barry, Smyth, Fegan, Nooney. I would not be surprised if the happy man outside the butcher's shop is William Barry.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 23/May/2016 09:44:56

    There is a bicycle parked over the way, so not too early. I think mid-late 1990s 1890s.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 23/May/2016 10:46:50

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] "mid-late 1990s" ?!?! A few seconds later, see the hay-cart moving away - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000332059

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    Niall McAuley

    • 23/May/2016 11:47:45

    this reverse view looks to me like the same day - see parked bicycle outside Nooneys, man with crutch in distant left.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 23/May/2016 11:51:18

    In that one, I see that Nooneys are selling Carburine Motor Spirit. A HAWS suggests "around 1900" for when that brand appeared. Also ads for Bovril, launched in 1889.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 23/May/2016 13:49:42

    In the reverse view, I see Porter at left (with Bovril ads) next door to Murray. He appears as the mistranscribed Parter in 1911, but no Murray next door. Murray appears in the 1901 in the empty house #20, but no Porter next door. So between 1901 and 1911, the two must have been next door at some point!

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    mickyman13

    • 23/May/2016 21:06:55

    The man with one leg is easy, I like the mobile haystack. just need a dog and it would be complete!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 23/May/2016 21:59:30

    Mullingar seems to inspire poetry. Some contemporary Trove finds... Mullingar Mike's Bike - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/12752305 (1899) The Pride of Mullingar (in limerick form with illustration) - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/211587418 (1903) Mullingar! - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/212360749 (1919) And a Leprechaun sighting! - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/212622181 (1908)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 23/May/2016 23:26:07

    Thanks all! I thought the sign for "Mortimer's Plymouth Dye Works" (outside Murphy's?) was an interesting one - hadn't spotted the Irish language street sign for Sráidín Tobar [...]. Somewhat interesting to note that Earl Street and the Sráidín were relabelled (for likely significantly differing reasons) in the half-century that followed this image...

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    Martina Gallery

    • 24/May/2016 11:41:34

    Wow! I'm in love with your photos

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    le cabri

    • 24/May/2016 12:15:41

    Cool shot

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    RETRO STU

    • 25/May/2016 09:18:30

    The name 'Daly' can still be seen on many shop signs around Mullingar!

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    nannyjean35

    • 30/May/2016 11:54:28

    how styles have changed

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    jackthestroller

    • 27/Jun/2018 02:22:56

    General View, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath graphic by French, Robert, 1841-1917 photographer Published / Created: between ca. 1865-1914. In collection: The Lawrence Photograph Collection “...Mullingar. 1587. W. L.... I was wondering would you kindly think of putting up this picture. I think this is a stunning picture. If you were to see the street Scape today it has changed completely. all the thatched cottages are demolished and the old cathedral is gone replaced by a much grander one. I spotted the picture the other day and couldn't believe my eyes. it's another world . The clarity of the photograph is magnificent.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Jun/2018 20:03:18

    Do you mean this one from the catalogue [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]]? If so, I've "added it to the list". We'll post it in the coming few months....

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    jackthestroller

    • 27/Jun/2018 20:07:49

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ yes that's the one .it's amazing. The photo is almost HD if you know what I mean . one can zoom in and get a real sense of Mullingar at the time .