Old woman and two young boys in doorway of thatched cottage

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Where: Galway, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1900

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Today is the day, the Photo Detectives exhibition opens at 12.30. I found a to-do-list on the other Marys desk earlier. It read: "Tan / Nails / Hair / Pedicure / Shoes / Bag / Dress / Hat? / Coat / Umbrella?". (A woman's work is never done :) )

Now, getting back to the knitting, our late eighteenth and early nineteenth century photos often feature elegant people in sumptuous surroundings. However, this photo I feel shows the lot of the majority of the Irish people in stark focus. I wonder what happened to the two boys? What part did they play in the formation of our nation?

And, while some of us were distracted by the #PhotoDetectives exhibition, the ever dutiful O Mac held down the fort, and filled-in several of the blanks on this image. It is possible that the people pictured are (or are at very least neighbours of) the Finnertys of Kilglass near Clonbrock County Galway. They could well be pictured in this previous image of the local school. OMac is confident that the house still stands - near the junction of the road to Ballyforan....


Photographers: Dillon Family

Contributors: Luke Gerald Dillon, Augusta Caroline Dillon

Collection: Clonbrock photographic Collection

Date: Catalogue date c.1900

NLI Ref: CLON492

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 13/Sep/2017 07:27:01

    The photo is looking a Little Dog Eared ! banishes himself to the Pun Bin

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    DannyM8

    • 13/Sep/2017 07:32:41

    I bet there was a Dog in the missing bit!!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 13/Sep/2017 07:34:20

    Widow Kelly ? See - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000183821 And here - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000183834 And same children, old lady, dog and Edith Dillon TAKING THIS PHOTO !! - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000183488

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    DannyM8

    • 13/Sep/2017 07:36:46

    Good luck with the exhibition - I am really looking forward to it.

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 13/Sep/2017 07:45:19

    Tip for the Clonbrocks: Never take a portrait on a sunny day with subjects facing into the sun.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 13/Sep/2017 07:45:30

    The Sorry-I-Can't-Be-There Limerick A beachcombing bloke from Australia Whose attendance, alas, is a failure, Sends a huge megazoom™ To the Library Towers room, And buenas fotos antiguas paraphernalia !

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Sep/2017 07:50:53

    If the ears belong to Bobs, he is in dated shots from 1901 to 1912.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 13/Sep/2017 08:17:11

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia You will be missed............................................

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 13/Sep/2017 09:29:04

    Sad to see the way they are clothed, tatty and shoeless. Look at the shoes/boots on the old woman. They would outlast her. And, chances are, they did not fit her well. I would only hope they boys grew up loving life and Ireland, healthy and self-satisfied.

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    Inverarra

    • 13/Sep/2017 10:01:11

    Great photo of two fine sturdy children and probably their Grandmother. Probably the west of Ireland as it's a Clonbrock photo. Thanks for all the great photos and the very best of luck with today's exhibition. Your work over the years is truly heroic and will benefit generations not yet born. Well done.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 13/Sep/2017 10:21:29

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia I plan to recite some of your, er, "fruitier" Limericks to the assembled dignitaries! ;) Really looking forward to meeting Flickroonies from all over today (at last!), and so sorry the rest of you can't be with us!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Sep/2017 11:24:57

    Have fun, everyone!

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    Third_Son

    • 13/Sep/2017 11:37:28

    This is awesome

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    derangedlemur

    • 13/Sep/2017 12:40:30

    Great job on the exhibition! Everyone should go. Lovely to finally meet the legendary https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] and the Marys. And everyone else, obviously.

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 13/Sep/2017 12:42:48

    Looks like an old glass plate negative with one corner broken off?

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    ccferrie

    • 13/Sep/2017 13:22:48

    *sticks head above parapet* Sorry, I haven't been around these parts in quite some time but it was really lovely to meet so many of you at today's exhibition and of course to finally meet the lovely Carol! The exhibition is stunning and really captures the dynamism of the Flickr discussions. It was great to see some of my favourites on the wall including the Adrigole Post Office and the New Tipperary Warehouse. I posted a few pics on twitter for those of you who couldn't make it today twitter.com/ccferrie/status/907934602286813184

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    O Mac

    • 13/Sep/2017 13:48:46

    Sorry I couldn't be there today. But for the day that's in it here's the location of todays photograph. That house is still there. This long shot shows the house was on a bend in the road with other buildings behind ( Titled Woman and pony with cart at "the cross roads" ). Not far from Clonbrook in the townland of Kilglass --near the school-- is a crossroads with a bend in the road with above house and distant houses------ shown on OSI 25". Streetview. Notice chip in plaster over door in all photos.inc catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000183488 The only family that I can see that fits the subjects ages for around 1900 are the Finnertys. www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Galway/Clonbroc...

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 13/Sep/2017 14:19:54

    Nice to see so many Flickroonies there today. The method of presentation is really splendid. Well done all!

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 13/Sep/2017 14:23:08

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] In catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000183488 She appears to be still relying on Windows 8.5 I recommend an upgrade.

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    ofarrl

    • 13/Sep/2017 15:57:14

    www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ thanks for posting those photos of the exhibition, would love to have visited but too far away unfortunately.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 13/Sep/2017 15:57:27

    Thrilled to meet one and all, and hoping to see more of you over the next few months. There'd be no exhibition without ye all, Fantastic Flickroonies! P.S. https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] is not at all deranged! :)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Sep/2017 16:45:46

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Good find on the house!

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    Gerry Ward

    • 13/Sep/2017 17:30:35

    Great being at Exhibition launch today - splendid job!

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    O Mac

    • 13/Sep/2017 17:30:57

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Someone had to stay at home to mind the house....

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 13/Sep/2017 17:58:04

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Good Man, thank you. (Have updated the description and tags, and mapped it to same spot as the other nearby Kilglass/Ahascragh images!)

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    Foxglove

    • 13/Sep/2017 20:13:54

    to celebrate exhition day I have been wearing big boots, fine is the day when we are all in boots and not wearing petticoats // just been reading Thomas o Craolin's islandman😊

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    sam2cents

    • 14/Sep/2017 13:06:23

    I wish I had a half-door. Brilliant work by all involved. I was very impressed by the way in which the methods were explained in pictorial form. Dorling Kindersley should take note.

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    guliolopez

    • 14/Sep/2017 19:55:09

    Well done https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] - an excellent find!

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    presquilien

    • 29/Oct/2017 10:07:35

    super