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Where: Northern Ireland, Moyle, United Kingdom

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What appears picturesque today was a reality not that long ago for many people in remote areas of Ireland. Neddy the donkey was the chief source of power for transport. The creels on the back of the donkey would indicate terrain that was too rough for a cart or that the family were to poor to afford the cart. Times change?

Thanks to BeachcomberAustralia for the (generally favoured) suggestion that we are in County Antrim, not too far from a relatively recent image of what appears to be some of the same people....

Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1900-1920

NLI Ref: EAS_4054

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 20/Mar/2019 08:55:54

    Wow! What a great image. The real Ireland. Indefatigable Irish.

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    • 20/Mar/2019 09:20:47

    Same (or similar) woman as here ?? -

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    • 20/Mar/2019 10:07:51

    I thought the sack on the ground behind the man was an animal at first.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 20/Mar/2019 10:23:07 The countryside/skyline also looks similar, we could be at Ardclinis again.

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    • 20/Mar/2019 10:45:08

    Thanks for another great photo. Doubt if they were going for turf though.

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    abandoned railways

    • 20/Mar/2019 11:03:39

    A coastal community. Maybe going to collect seaweed, as the creels, and their hands, are clean.

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    Thea Prum

    • 20/Mar/2019 13:37:03

    sweet I've seen this wonderful photo in Flickr's group FlickrToday (only 1 pic per day) Thanks for sharing on Flickr !!!.

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    Oretani Wildlife (Mike Grimes)

    • 21/Mar/2019 08:34:49 It certainly looks like the same scarf she's wearing.

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    • 21/Mar/2019 21:00:30

    Similar to what in North America would be called a travois

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    • 27/Mar/2019 07:52:45

    Your photo was seen in this group: For the Love of Ireland  The Wild Swans of Ballyscanlon Lake

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    • 03/Apr/2019 15:45:48

    'Long saddle' (Sreathair fhada) instead of a cart with near basket turned upside down on a home made 'forklift.' This land is dry, arable and sloping to the sea.. They were on their way for seaweed, most likely - but where is it?

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