"Possibly Crystal Palace" is hall of Irish International Exhibition 1907

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Where: Dublin, , Ireland

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When: 01 January 1907

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The day after Galway win the All Ireland, it seems appropriate that we should at least view an image from the Galway-based photographers of the Clonbrock Collection This amazing shot may be the Crystal Palace in London, or is it some other version/homage to the Taj Mahal in India? Can we answer this question?

And the overwhelming consensus is that the answer is neither London nor India, but Herbert Park in Dublin. When the park (and this 'Grand Central Palace' building) hosted the 1907 Irish International Exhibition. It's an exhibition we've visited before. Whether the Dillon's came on an organised excursion, or brought back any wares is a question for another day.....


Photographers: Dillon Family

Contributors: Luke Gerald Dillon, Augusta Caroline Dillon

Collection: Clonbrock photographic Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1860-1930. Likely c.1907

NLI Ref: CLON551

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Sep/2017 08:08:35

    Possibly Herbert Park? Irish international exhibition, Herbert Park Pavilion with bandstand and chairs.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 04/Sep/2017 08:28:56

    James Carter & Co. "Carter's Tested Seed" go way back to the early 19th century - parksandgardensuk.wordpress.com/2016/09/24/james-carter-c...

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    Peter Denton

    • 04/Sep/2017 08:48:49

    Herbert Park looks likely. Undoubtedly not London, which looked entirely different.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Sep/2017 10:21:07

    In which case, the date is 1907.

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 04/Sep/2017 10:38:28

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Agreed Untitled-1_8.psd catalogue.nli.ie/Search/Results?lookfor=Herbert+Exhibitio...

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 04/Sep/2017 10:51:20

    And no dodgy Ticket Agents either ! Untitled-1_7_1.jpg

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    John Spooner

    • 04/Sep/2017 11:04:01

    London Times 26th September 1907 Screenshot_20170904-115409_1

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    guliolopez

    • 04/Sep/2017 12:35:37

    Has got to have been the Grand Central Palace of the 1907 Irish International Exhibition. The bridge and lake match up too. Looks pretty quiet here. So, per [https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner] we could be looking at the exhibition buildings before their closing/removal.

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    sam2cents

    • 04/Sep/2017 14:51:15

    It looks like the sort of place Babar would call home. Or Indiana Jones' holiday home near the Temple of Doom. Fantastic information.

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    aidanhodson

    • 04/Sep/2017 14:59:59

    www.dublincity.ie/story/irish-international-exhibition-1907 another view at this link

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    RETRO STU

    • 04/Sep/2017 15:24:01

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I liked the information about the James Carter company. Thank you.

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    RETRO STU

    • 04/Sep/2017 15:26:00

    I remember my grandfather telling me he worked on that exhibition. He was an electrician so presumably, he had worked on the electrics. He would have been 25 at the time.

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 04/Sep/2017 17:07:39

    Illuminations - courtesy of Stuart's grandfather - Untitled-1_1.jpg

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 04/Sep/2017 17:36:27

    All good things must come to an end (and not always gracefully) . . Untitled-1_2.jpg

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    Yvette Gauthier

    • 04/Sep/2017 17:43:09

    Fascinating comments!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 04/Sep/2017 21:27:54

    Streetview STREETVIEW We Want STREETVIEW! I was confused and hopelessly lost using this overlay - i0.wp.com/archiseek.com/wp-content/gallery/ireland-dublin... - from archiseek.com/2012/1907-irish-international-exhibition-du... Is the Great Augusta near the Palace of the Arts looking north?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Sep/2017 09:34:22

    Too many trees in the modern park to reproduce this view, but the bridge was at the narrow part of the pond in this Streetview, and the building was the other side.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 05/Sep/2017 10:58:23

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Thank you. But from that direction the bandstand and menorah-like flagpole things should be visible near those chandelier electric lamps which Stuart's grandfather put in. Unless ... the bandstand wasn't yet built ?