And a river runs through it (Dodder, Dublin)

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Where: Dublin, , Ireland

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When: 01 January 1920

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A really fine O'Connor shot today with lots of interesting buildings and man-made constructions on view. A river neatly bisects the scene with a couple giving probably one of the few clues on the potential date of the shot! A great PoV from a photographic perspective.

We're delighted to confirm that this stretch of Dublin's River Dodder hasn't changed too much - retaining Classon's Bridge, the pub on its north side, and Nine Arches Viaduct. Even the chimney from the Dartry Laundry survives. We're still wondering about the couple - with the lady's cloche-style hat and the man's spats-style shoes. They appear in several other O’Connor shots - so were perhaps acquaintances....


Photographer: Fergus O’Connor

Collection: Fergus O’Connor Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1900-1930. Perhaps c.1920s?

NLI Ref: OCO 108

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    O Mac

    • 14/Nov/2017 08:51:56

    Milltown, Co Dublin..The same couple , same DOG www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/19732202922/in/photolist-...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 14/Nov/2017 09:17:46

    Classon's Bridge was widened in 1928, so the photo is pre 1928. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classon%27s_Bridge www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.3077366,-6.2545633,3a,15y,313.3... Ed. Sometimes Flickr is amazing! [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6986354094/]

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 14/Nov/2017 09:19:02

    Her cloche hat rings a bell too ...

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    DannyM8

    • 14/Nov/2017 09:20:45

    The Chimney was part of the Dartry Laundry

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    DannyM8

    • 14/Nov/2017 09:22:30

    The building on the left is now the Dropping Well pub

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    Foxglove

    • 14/Nov/2017 09:24:10

    yes there is a dog too ! fabulous hat, early 1920s?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 14/Nov/2017 09:30:48

    From the Classon's Bridge wiki link above -"A little upstream from the bridge is a statue of a Rhino in the middle of the river." What's the story here?! https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6880748217/

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 14/Nov/2017 09:41:03

    "Classon's Bridge is a 1928 concrete bridge built on top of an older cut-stone bridge. The previous bridge is visible underneath the newer structure. This is boring, but true..."[sic] - youtu.be/lDqHCudwv2s

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Nov/2017 09:52:54

    The green line Luas goes over the Nine Arches viaduct today.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Nov/2017 10:00:32

    Lazy from O'Connor :D O'Dea would have waited for a choo choo to pass over the viaduct.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 14/Nov/2017 10:13:48

    I think Mr O'Connor was acquainted with the dog-walkers. Friends or rellies? Also seen in catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000298660

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    Bernard Healy

    • 14/Nov/2017 12:27:16

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] About that rhino: He’s made of bronze, and bolted to a concrete platform beside the Dropping Well [Pub] in Churchtown. The ‘sculpture’ is believed to have appeared overnight in 2002, but pub staff wouldn’t be drawn on its origins. When I made enquiries, the response was cryptic: “We couldn’t get a hippo,” one staff member quipped.

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    guliolopez

    • 14/Nov/2017 13:56:52

    Would the lady's Cloche-style hat (and the man's spats-style footwear) suggest ~1920s? Rather than ~1910s?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 14/Nov/2017 13:59:12

    I'm not sure https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove and https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] (about the hat). That Wikipedia article seems to suggest that style hat had its origins c.1908. So Fergus's friend may have been ahead of her time. But the fashion certainly looks c.1920s to me. What do you think https://www.flickr.com/photos/la_belle_province?

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    La Belle Province

    • 16/Nov/2017 13:11:46

    I'm looking at the hat + hem length and it's more 1920s. Hemlines were a bit longer, generally just above the ankle and no higher in the 1910s.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 17/Nov/2017 02:13:03

    Thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/la_belle_province - That would line-up with the general consensus...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 03/Mar/2018 20:47:50

    Another in the O'Connor "series" which includes this couple: www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/39859205484/