Street, Gorey, Co. Wexford

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We travel someway south of Newry to the town of Gorey today. I love this photograph especially the finials atop the telegraph poles and the fancy bed in the right foreground.

Combined with the bed, we have broomsticks outside T Byrne's on the left - making for our first filmic reference: "Bedknobs and Broomsticks". And continuing the movie theme there seems to be a "Man on Ledge" standing entirely outside an upper-floor window of #78 Main Street.

With thanks to the Wexford Echo newspaper poster (also outside Byrne's) and investigations by Niall McAuley it seems plausible that we're in the middle of the provided catalogue range - possibly the 1920s...


Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: Between 1900-1939 (possibly 1920s)

NLI Ref: EAS_3728

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    B-59

    • 01/Jun/2016 06:12:55

    Streetview 2009: goo.gl/maps/oyKm3NkJwqN2

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    B-59

    • 01/Jun/2016 06:29:52

    OSI 25": maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,715289,659624,12,9

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/Jun/2016 08:52:07

    Ooh, a newspaper poster for The Echo!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/Jun/2016 08:56:52

    The Wexford Echo website says it is Since 1902.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 01/Jun/2016 09:34:48

    There is a dog to the right of the nearest pigeon-proof telegraph pole. You'll have to check megazoom™. What's going on with all the piles of bedding and stuff? Hoping it is not eviction time again.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 01/Jun/2016 10:11:52

    Read our latest blog on the commissioners of Irish Lights Collection: www.nli.ie/blog/. Written by Mike Bors and completed as part of his 2014 NPA/DIT Internship in the NPA.

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    DannyM8

    • 01/Jun/2016 10:16:14

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Good Dog.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/Jun/2016 10:24:33

    I think the Echo poster says Wednesday

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/Jun/2016 10:32:03

    Wednesday 3 August 1932 - Keen regret was felt in Wexford County at the death, following an operation in Dublin, of Dr. S. V. O'Connor, Wexford, medical officer Crossabeg Dispensary District

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/Jun/2016 11:34:59

    The ladies clothes look a lot earlier than 1932, so maybe this was when Dr. S.V. O'Connor was appointed?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/Jun/2016 11:54:29

    On the poster again THE ELECTIONS General election dates: Jan-Feb 1906 Jan-Feb 1910 Dec 1910 Dec 1918 May 1921 Jun 1922 Aug 1923 Jun 1927 Sep 1927 Feb 1932 I think the Sun is too high for Dec-Feb, it must be 1921-27?

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    derangedlemur

    • 01/Jun/2016 12:31:30

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley The sun angle looks like June. Could be the end of May though.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/Jun/2016 12:40:31

    I'm liking Wednesday May as the Echo date, and guessing a Wednesday in May 1921

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    derangedlemur

    • 01/Jun/2016 13:57:09

    It appears to say "Fire at Ballycanew" and "The Elections". I don't see Wednesday though. Am I looking at the wrong poster? Edit: Ah - the megazoom is somewhat clearer.

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    derangedlemur

    • 01/Jun/2016 13:58:12

    "Fire at Ballycanew", incidentally, would date it to 2013: www.wexfordecho.ie/2013/09/11/homes-gutted-balycanew-fire/

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 01/Jun/2016 23:07:17

    Thanks guys - I'll update the description/etc shortly. Definitely inclined to agree that this is the summertime (otherwise the Gorey merchants are very brave leaving their windows open and their wares outside in the Irish weather - including seemingly more bedrolls than I think we've seen together before). The fashions and street traffic would also seem to imply a date somewhat earlier than the latter extreme of the catalogue range. For myself I'm struck by the filmic references here - given that we have "Bedknobs and broomsticks" (the latter on the left side of the street, the former on the right) as well as a "Man on Ledge" (seemingly entirely out on an upper-storey window ledge of #78 on the right of the street).

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 03/Jun/2016 07:54:58

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Niall, I can see from our "recent activity" that you have added a couple of notes to this photo and that https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia added one to the Dalkey photo yesterday. I presume you are both adding them in the hope that they may become visible to everyone again in the future?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Jun/2016 07:59:28

    Stig Nygaard has written a greasemonkey script to allow anyone to see old notes and add new ones: Notes are back!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 03/Jun/2016 08:02:29

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Got it.