Athboy, Co. Meath

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We begin the week with a scene from the town of Athboy in the north of Royal Meath. Here it is dominated by its COI church tower, with the other end of the town marked by a castle built by Hugh deLacy. A market is in full swing - waking the town from its slumbers!

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: between ca. 1865-1914 (though likely after c.1890)

NLI Ref: L_CAB_08693

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    DannyM8

    • 29/Aug/2016 08:35:27

    There is a Dog in this photo.

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    Swordscookie

    • 29/Aug/2016 08:39:18

    A fabulous shot with so much going on there! Sheep, cattle, horses, men, children, bare foot urchins and well off boy in a sailor suit.... Brilliant!

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    DannyM8

    • 29/Aug/2016 08:39:30

    There is a Hugh Carberry in the 1911 census in Market Street, he is a General Merchant. 1911 Census

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/Aug/2016 08:39:37

    Streetview

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    DannyM8

    • 29/Aug/2016 08:42:29

    He is there in 1901 also, 1901 Census Family name is listed as Carbeny which I think is a transcription error.

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    RETRO STU

    • 29/Aug/2016 08:45:05

    The photographer was well expected, even the children are turned out in their Sunday-Best for the occasion (well, most of them).

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Aug/2016 08:54:10

    The shop at left seems to be this one, built around 1890.

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    DannyM8

    • 29/Aug/2016 09:23:32

    Is it not St Johns R.C. Church rather than C of I?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 29/Aug/2016 09:52:48

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Just testing to see if you read the intro:-)))) (Have since tweaked it slightly :) )

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    Andy Gant ...

    • 29/Aug/2016 09:58:00

    Great image, seen in "B&W Images from around the World" www.flickr.com/groups/picsinbw/ Excellent nostalgia..

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    DannyM8

    • 29/Aug/2016 10:07:12

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Sneaky Mary!!

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    DannyM8

    • 29/Aug/2016 10:11:57

    I see at least two barefooted lads, and the ground looks shall we say "Uncomfortable"

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 29/Aug/2016 10:42:46

    I am not sure this July 1909 Trove newspaper report is relevant, but I found the reference to the Town Tenants' League (founded 1904) interesting -

    The Sale of Athboy. Another illustration of the usefulness of the Town Tenants' League (says the "Weekly Freeman") is furnished by the sale, at Mr. North's auction rooms on June 15, of the ground rents of the town of Athboy. Mr. Briscoe, the general secretary of the organisation, at the suggestion of the tenants of the prosperous Meath town, interested himself in the matter, and developments in favor of the tenants were favored by the expressed desire of Lord Darnley, the owner of the property, that the townspeople should become the proprietors of their holdings, even though the prices offered by them might be smaller than those tendered by outsiders. It is announced that nearly all of the 110 lots have been bought by the tenants, and, remembering the good results that have followed from the sale of the ground rents in Limerick and Tramore, this transaction should prove of marked advantage to the. industrious town tenants of Athboy.
    From - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/167015834?searchTerm=a...

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 29/Aug/2016 10:50:26

    One can only wonder how the photographer got so many children and animals to remain so still. And a good example of 19th Century' photoshop' too - where the sky has been 'painted' around steeple and chimneys.

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    DannyM8

    • 29/Aug/2016 12:16:02

    The Large Building on the left is now the The Darnley Lodge Hotel. www.darnleylodgehotel.ie/about-us.asp Situated in the centre of the historic town of Athboy in County Meath, The Darnley Lodge Hotel was originally the estate office for the Darnley Family who owned the town of Athboy and surrounding land from 1770. The family had an enormous influence on the development of Athboy. They eventually sold the town in 1909.

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    DannyM8

    • 29/Aug/2016 13:08:26

    I see a reference in the Irish Times from March 1911 to the Darnley Arms Hotel. Also the premises was damaged by fire in 1949

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 29/Aug/2016 15:52:37

    As https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] points out, the photographer's arrival may have been heralded - but at least two of the chaps who popped-out of the businesses on the right (now Doreen's Bakery or Bird's Centra) didn't have enough warning to don the obligatory headwear :) What do we think about dates? Per https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley's Buildings of Ireland find, and https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]'s census links, it seems likely we are in the latter half of the range. Perhaps c.1900 give or take a few years. (Fashions would seem to suggest this too....) What do we think?

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    Swordscookie

    • 29/Aug/2016 16:55:07

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Rather than the work of the photographer the sky may be the work of time! These images are on glass plates and may not always have been stored in ideal conditions. If you look you will see that there are lines along the skyline of the buildings and that might indicate that the flaked chemicals of that area were removed to prevent the blight from spreading to the detail beneath?

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    guliolopez

    • 29/Aug/2016 17:02:27

    I'd say it's "coloured in" alright [https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] and [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]]. We've seen in quite a bit before in the postings to the NLI stream. Mainly in the lantern slides, but especially in the stereo pairs collections - I guess where a "busy" sky might confuse or detract from the stereo effect. (Obvious for example in this one from London where the spires and roofs are a bit clumsily outlined in places...) www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/8099340892/

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    BlueisCoool

    • 08/Oct/2016 16:31:25

    An amazing looking street capture and since everyone is taken with the camera, photography was still seen as something new and important!