Castle or traffic obstruction - Clonmels dilemma?

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This old gate to the town of Clonmel which once controlled traffic entering and leaving must have become a true bottleneck with the recent proliferation of motor cars and heavy traffic? At the time this photograph was taken however it does not appear to have been too much of a problem.

Thank you all for yesterdays contributions on Main Street, Tipperary, it was very enlightening! Thanks also for the contributions on today's image. Focusing mainly on the date, the suggestion is that it was captured in the first decade or so of the catalogue range (perhaps after 1905, or into the 1910s). Certainly the NIAH entry on the gate itself doesn't help - in that it confirms it was built 100 years prior to this capture. That the gate has a plaque commemorating a famous son of Clonmel, Laurence Sterne, was news to me though.....

Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1900-1939. After c.1905

NLI Ref: EAS_3422

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 03/Jan/2018 09:13:45

    These cars look happy enough, I think:,-7.7050085,3a,75y,257.7h,8...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 03/Jan/2018 09:14:54[email protected] Mainly because they are parked?

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    domenico milella

    • 03/Jan/2018 09:57:21

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Jan/2018 11:30:33

    I think the girls fashions put us in the early part of the date range

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    • 03/Jan/2018 11:42:54

    I see a Dog

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    John A. Coffey

    • 03/Jan/2018 11:54:00

    46 O`Connell Street, James J. Hickey, Great Cheap Sale, Jan maybe ? -- No.45 Kennedys, Public House.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Jan/2018 14:39:38

    Thomas Condon (shop at left) was 42 in the 1911 census, not in the 1901 census here.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Jan/2018 14:43:26

    [[email protected]] here is James John hickey in 1911 and in 1901.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Jan/2018 14:44:56

    Margaret Kennedy, publican, in 1911 and 1901.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Jan/2018 14:59:03

    EAS_3421 next door shows Clonmel, consistent fashions, the Wesleyan Manse (c. 1905) and no Manchester Martyrs memorial (c. 1905), so that one at least is c. 1905. The OS 25 inch sheet likewise has the manse but not the monument, and was surveyed in 1904.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Jan/2018 15:04:55

    Next door the other side, EAS_3423 has featured in this flickr stream previously: A Shower Bath apparently!

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    • 03/Jan/2018 18:52:11

    I spy a dog next to the lamppost!

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    • 03/Jan/2018 20:33:22

    Flickr is sometimes amazing - has been having fun with another West Gate photo ...

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    • 03/Jan/2018 20:43:32

    Two wheels good ...

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    • 24/Apr/2018 07:56:52

    First everything had to be demolished to let the cars through, now cars are bad and have to be kept outside cities. Luckily they kept their gate in Clonmel.