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Labelled "Castle, Throne Room, Dublin" in the catalogue, no throne room ever looked so airy and informal. But then, of course, this is not Dublin Castle's Throne Room! Instead, a market/fair is in progress somewhere - with a lot going on. That huddle in the left foreground with men/boys bent over a table, leaning on one another in companionable familiarity while three ladies in shawls stand apart and looking on is quite intriguing! What are they looking at? A virtual sticky bun, we haven't had a virtual sticky bun for quite a while, to the most interesting or novel suggestion!

And, of course, we are in Clifden, County Galway. As well as the possible 'amusements' available, the general feeling is that much of the crowd are engaged in otherwise legitimate trade :) We can even see the same weigh-station we've visited before. Sticky buns all-round :)

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

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

NLI Ref: L_ROY_00369

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Nov/2017 08:55:43

    We were here in 1891: A view through the peephole of Market day in Clifden

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    Ger Cos

    • 16/Nov/2017 09:17:33

    Cifden in Galway....

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Nov/2017 09:37:30

    GeoHive 25" link again. We are after 1891 today: the building at left of the 1891 shot has had render applied.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Nov/2017 09:43:18

    Also, c. 1908: Weighed

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Nov/2017 10:07:44

    Looking along the street, I see the Methodist chapel and Manse (1860), but there is a large house on the 1898 25" which I think would be visible if built..

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Nov/2017 10:16:41

    Against that, I see one sharply dressed gentleman in the crowd wearing a straw boater, which suggests 1905 to me rather than 1895.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Nov/2017 10:17:48

    The posters are too off to read I think, but i guess at GRAZING, COAL, FOR AUCTION, and possibly ELECTION. That last would be very dateable if legible, but sadly...

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    • 16/Nov/2017 10:21:00

    one group on penny toss and the other with sharks playing "follow the Jack's "

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    John Spooner

    • 16/Nov/2017 10:49:58

    The Sphere published this picture on 29th December 1900. The writing on the roof advertising the Corless oyster beds appears appears to have goneThe Sphere - Saturday 29 December 1900 Corless (Joseph then Thomas) advertised in Dublin newspapers from 1876 to 1900 when they sold the Burlington. Here's an early one Dublin Evening Mail - Saturday 23 September 1876

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    • 16/Nov/2017 12:44:20

    What are they all looking at? Could be the latest Apple iPhone or a Rolex copy-watch from Shanghai. How about the big load of malarkey they had ever seen? Interestingly, you will see people throughout the photo, in different locations stooped over looking at prospective purchases or marvels.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 16/Nov/2017 13:54:38

    Wikipedia tells me that the Burlington hotel opened in 1972, so we're obviously looking at a picture of Clifden in the 1970s. ;) More seriously, this document gives a fair bit of history about the Burlington Restaurant and Oyster Saloons. In 1900, (as John Spooner's info suggests) the Burlington was sold and was renamed Jammet's, a famous Dublin establishment. I'm afraid this doesn't do much in helping us date the picture, but the linked info is interesting.

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    • 16/Nov/2017 14:08:22

    It's a game of three-card monte. Find the bean, easy. You my fellow. come this way, 2p a play. Find the bean under these three cups...

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    • 16/Nov/2017 15:20:58


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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Nov/2017 16:45:23

    For information, here in the nli archive is the actual Dublin Castle Throne Room per the title of this one.

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    domenico milella

    • 17/Nov/2017 08:26:07

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 17/Nov/2017 09:55:14

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/30555923@N08 Thank you for your visits and comments Domenico, they are much appreciated!

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    • 18/Nov/2017 08:46:42

    Three thoughts. One. Wires. Mystery? Two. Wired up! Hurrah. Three. Frith, the Victorian artist, West.