A posed photograph from the Lawrence Collection. Intended for postcards no doubt. A country man and woman with donkey and cart getting ready to go to market. The buildings in the background should make it easy to identify the place - if not the time.
And indeed Rory_Sherlock
quickly identified this as Courthouse Square (and the courthouse) in Galway. Further refinement on the date (and the names of the people pictured) will likely evade us this time....
Collection: Eason Photographic Collection
Date: Catalogue range c.1900-1920
NLI Ref: EAS_4074
You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie
Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
Galway - the building on the right is now the Town Hall Theatre and the bridge in the background is the old railway bridge which connected the mainline station (now Ceannt Station) to the Clifden line. firstname.lastname@example.org,-9.054345,3a,75y,6.51h,95....
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Ooooh, bualadh bos!
The line closed April 1935.
Neither the courthouse nor the railway viaduct narrow the dates from 1900-1920.
We were nearby (a month ago) in January 1901, when there were renovations going on behind the central pillars - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/32699111397/in/dateposted/] The new windows and doors are looking a little worn in the top photo, so probably a while after 1901 ? I thought this might be before the 1901 renovations, but no; the original facade was more handsome - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000335983
The left eye photographer
courthouse Square looks quite different today, the building with the railings became Maurice semple's. He was a solicitor and wrote a book on Galway. I lived in the house next door
Looks like a pre 1920's Ford Asscart. The courthouse became the townhall in 1897
Very nice street scene, beautifully composed and captured!
Potatoes? Have Mr and Mrs Ford Asscart just come from the 'Potato Market' at the north east end of St Vincent's Avenue, out of frame to the right? Seen on the Geohive 25" map - bit.ly/2VxnKw4 Puzzled by a terrace of three three-storey houses seen in the middle distance in streetview. They look older than they are, and should provide an 'earlier than' date; that pointy building had to be demolished for them - goo.gl/maps/4ec5ATJB2DKgzg269
Tom Kenny of the Galway Advertiser wrote a piece around this photograph. www.advertiser.ie/galway/article/56078/the-town-hall
National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Bualadh bos indeed https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]. Have updated the map/etc :)
Thanks for this lovely photo.
Interesting that the woman is driving!