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The title in our catalogue is "Castle, Throne Room, Dublin City, Co. Dublin", which is obviously incorrect. I am not even sure that this is a Lawrence shot, at lease not a typical Lawrence shot. I will list it as it is in the system - and review later when we see what transpires during the course of your deliberations.

The overriding consensus is that this is the strand at the Murrough, by Wicklow Town. Perhaps a few yards (and a few years) separated from a reverse view we had previously. In terms of subject, it seems likely that this image captures an early 20th century crowd enjoying the Wicklow Regatta (first run in 1878).


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914. Perhaps c.1900+

NLI Ref: L_ROY_00368

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    sharon.corbet

    • 15/Nov/2017 08:28:37

    The next image is also misfiled, it belongs in the Market Square, Clifden grouping.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Nov/2017 08:41:35

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet Sharon, say no more, I am posting that one tomorrow!!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Nov/2017 09:09:47

    I am getting a Northern vibe.

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    derangedlemur

    • 15/Nov/2017 09:17:46

    Could be Balbriggan. Let's see what streetview has to say on the matter.

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    domenico milella

    • 15/Nov/2017 09:18:54

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Nov/2017 09:19:20

    It's never Wicklow is it? It is!

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    derangedlemur

    • 15/Nov/2017 09:20:20

    Streetview says it prefers not to be seen hanging around the seafront in Balbriggan, but the OSI is happy enought that I'm right: maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,720318,763886,11,9 Edit: Actually, it can't be or there'd be a railway in front of the gasworks.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Nov/2017 09:24:54

    I'd guess there is a Regatta on from the crowds.

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    derangedlemur

    • 15/Nov/2017 09:27:20

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Could be: www.google.ie/maps/@52.989257,-6.0462532,3a,15y,150.27h,8...

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    derangedlemur

    • 15/Nov/2017 09:28:25

    Yep. The OSI matches Wicklow much better: maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,731805,693983,11,9

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    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Nov/2017 09:34:16

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] The seawall at the Murragh, the harbour, gasworks, coastguard station on the hill... I am sure it is Wicklow town.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Nov/2017 09:48:56

    The ladies hats look like the end of that date range: 1910-1914ish.

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    derangedlemur

    • 15/Nov/2017 09:51:00

    The mens' hats look more '20s, I'd have thought. As usual, we need La Belle Province to date it for us.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 15/Nov/2017 10:12:23

    Would that be the North Groyne? (as the Actress said to the Bishop) From Wikipedia - " ... The North Groyne was completed by about 1909 – John Pansing was the designer and Louis Nott of Bristol the builder. ... " - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicklow See earlier reverse view - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/25340935660/in/photolist-EBhViN]

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    sharon.corbet

    • 15/Nov/2017 10:14:37

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Glad I got in early, as I’ll be in a plane all day tomorrow!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Nov/2017 10:36:49

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet :)

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    DannyM8

    • 15/Nov/2017 10:39:15

    There is a Dog..

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    John Spooner

    • 15/Nov/2017 11:15:48

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Talking of which, in August 1894, Wicklow Town Commissioners adopted unanimously new "rules for the better regulation of bathing", which included the rule

    that all males in future when bathing at the men's bathing place, WIcklow seashore, shall wear a loin drawers (Wicklow People - Saturday 11 August 1894)

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    derangedlemur

    • 15/Nov/2017 14:49:26

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Wicklow is a far more salubrious environment than the fleshpots of Tramore! www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/8899723534/in/photolist-a... It's actually a remarkably similar view. Is this just the standard for seaside photos?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Nov/2017 23:45:37

    Thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley for the prompt - and https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] for the corroberation. The strand at Wicklow seems unequivocal - perhaps just a few yards (and few years) separated from the previous example that https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia re-shared. Have updated the map and text to reflect!

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    scientific ship

    • 16/Nov/2017 11:27:21

    This is Wicklow for sure. The Pier has not changed at all and is easily recognizable. Black Castle is just out of frame.

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 16/Nov/2017 14:09:26

    Boy this photo really put the wind in my sales (regatta pun, anyone?)

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    Old Family Images

    • 30/Nov/2017 18:51:49

    I love your images! I also love zooming in on the scene to see what's going on.