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Where: Galway, Ireland

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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....

Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1900-1920

NLI Ref: EAS_4074

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    • 16/May/2019 08:17:52

    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.,-9.054345,3a,75y,6.51h,95....

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    Carol Maddock

    • 16/May/2019 08:19:24[email protected] Ooooh, bualadh bos!

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    abandoned railways

    • 16/May/2019 08:31:23

    The line closed April 1935.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/May/2019 08:34:10

    Neither the courthouse nor the railway viaduct narrow the dates from 1900-1920.

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    • 16/May/2019 09:49:12

    We were nearby (a month ago) in January 1901, when there were renovations going on behind the central pillars - [] 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 -

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    The left eye photographer

    • 16/May/2019 13:35:19

    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

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    O Mac

    • 16/May/2019 15:35:00

    Looks like a pre 1920's Ford Asscart. The courthouse became the townhall in 1897

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    • 16/May/2019 18:16:27

    Very nice street scene, beautifully composed and captured!

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    • 16/May/2019 21:44:45

    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 - 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 -

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    O Mac

    • 17/May/2019 04:09:05

    Tom Kenny of the Galway Advertiser wrote a piece around this photograph.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 17/May/2019 19:18:35

    Bualadh bos indeed[email protected]. Have updated the map/etc :)

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    • 17/May/2019 22:20:36

    Thanks for this lovely photo.

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    bob capps

    • 28/May/2019 17:34:13

    Interesting that the woman is driving!