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Where: Northern Ireland, Fermanagh, United Kingdom

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When: 01 January 1880

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The fine shot of Town Hall Street, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh is surely "Fridays Child"? There is so much to see here including some crisp, clear posters, a Peeler, some ghosts and more people standing around though the reason may not be as obscure as yesterdays visit to the monastery! Have a great weekend everyone!

With thanks to input from beachcomberaustralia, derangedlemur, and in particular Niall McAuley, and the clues and cues in the news poster behind the policeman, there's a firm suggestion that this image dates to c.1880. In particular, alongside the other items displayed outside White's booksellers & stationers we find a newspaper advert mentioning "The Home Rule League / Louth Election" - possibly referring to a by-election in the county in the first half of 1880, which returned a Home Rule candidate. Niall McAuley also suggests that the man in overalls (under the "Mc K...." sign) could well be Mr T McKeague, boot and shoe maker (and doesn't he look the part).....


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914. Earliest August 1879

NLI Ref: L_CAB_01881

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    B-59

    • 02/Dec/2016 08:10:59

    Streetview

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 02/Dec/2016 08:25:16

    June 1880? The Knock Apparitions Read All About It ! .... trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/172857235 Edit - Or 1879 - www.marypages.com/Knock.htm

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    derangedlemur

    • 02/Dec/2016 08:26:04

    White, Mary Skirving:Townhall Street, Enniskillen Fancey and Stationory Business 59 in 1911.

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    derangedlemur

    • 02/Dec/2016 08:32:07

    Obadiah Ternan is getting on a bit by 1911 though. No sign of T. Brannan, the pawnbroker in either census, though 1901 looks incomplete.

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    derangedlemur

    • 02/Dec/2016 08:37:53

    White is in number 4 in 1901, and Ternan and Brannan are either not living on Townhall Street or are on holiday.

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    derangedlemur

    • 02/Dec/2016 08:46:10

    Maybe the 1881 at the bottom is a hint. That would be consistent with the land programme headline.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 02/Dec/2016 09:18:59

    Certainly there is no 1901 Town Hall - www.fermanaghlakelands.com/Enniskillen-Townhall-Enniskill... - as seen in this "Similar Item" - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000319836

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Dec/2016 09:39:28

    The 1880 street directory has: Ternan, O., apothecary, Townhall Street White, G.B, stationer, Townhall Street Also: McKeague, T., boot and shoe maker, Townhall Street, which could be the McK at right

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Dec/2016 09:49:21

    I think the modern town hall is not here - opened in 1901 per the DIA.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Dec/2016 09:51:54

    1880 also has: Martin, John, publican, Townhall Street Maguire, John, spirit dealer, Townhall Street i think I see these slighlty blurred at left.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Dec/2016 10:20:51

    I think one of the headlines on the Weekly News poster says: THE HOME RULE LEAGUE something LOUTH ELECTION There were 2 elections in 1874, 2 in 1880, and in 1885, the constituency was split into North and South.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Dec/2016 13:01:21

    The Westminster general election was in April 1880, and Alexander Martin Sullivan was elected for Louth. I doubt the headline refers to that election, since it was general, not just Louth. Sullivan went on to replace Parnell in Meath after a by-election on 20th May 1880 (Parnell was elected to 2 seats in the general), and Sullivan was replaced by Alan Henry Bellingham in Louth on 31st May 1880. I think this is late May 1880, and the headline refers to the Louth bye-election of 31st of May 1880.

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    dantheserene

    • 02/Dec/2016 15:12:10

    While I am fascinated by history and these images, I have no interest in living in a time when horse apples were such constant companions.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 05/Dec/2016 00:12:37

    Thanks all - absolutely loving (and believing) [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley]'s suggestion that the man in overalls is "McKeague, T., boot and shoe maker". He certainly looks every bit the part :) The suggested date also aligns with this dated copy we found elsewhere. Map, description, tags and date all since updated!

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    silverio10

    • 05/Dec/2016 22:38:02

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Jul/2021 15:24:25

    Another headline in the Weekly News is THE KNOCK APPARITIONS which happened in August 1879, earliest date.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Jul/2021 15:40:09

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Date updated. Thanks, Mary