General View, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

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Where: Westmeath, Ireland

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This general view of Mullingar is one where it may prove difficult to identify places or indeed the location. As we try to oblige our viewers where possible this is in response to a request by "Jack the Stroller" so here goes!

Despite our feeling that this might difficult and "changed utterly", the StreetView found by BeachcomberAustralia and corroberated by sharon.corbet is somewhat recognisable. At least for the spires and larger buildings in the distance. Which match up accurately. The view from the bridge over the Royal Canal remains similar (if you overlook all the cars, car showrooms and car garages that is) :)

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914. Likely after c.1880 (gas lighting)

NLI Ref: L_CAB_01587

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    • 21/Aug/2018 07:27:29

    How about this for streetview - From the canal bridge on Austin Friars Street. The church in the distance has had extra bits added.

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    • 21/Aug/2018 07:43:49

    The 'church in the distance' is the old Roman Catholic Cathedral (replaced in the 1930s) -

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    • 21/Aug/2018 07:58:45 Looks right to me. The tower of the Hevey Institute is visible beside the cathedral too:

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    patrick l clinton

    • 21/Aug/2018 10:16:03

    A wonderful scene remember Mullingar in the 60/70s and last there in 90s always liked the town. Family came from around Castlepollard and worked in the town over the years......

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    • 21/Aug/2018 17:53:03

    I bet there is a Dog in there somewhere?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 22/Aug/2018 00:36:11[email protected]

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    • 24/Aug/2018 23:36:57

    National Library of Ireland on The Commons Thank you. for putting up this picture, The picture probably taken after 1880 as gas lighting was installed at that time.The Heavey Institute is in the background, it opened its doors in 1856 , beside the oldest st Mary's cathedral. Mullingar people will be astounded by the change that has taken place since this photograph was taken. No more thatched houses left in mullingar.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 25/Aug/2018 12:37:45

    You are welcome[email protected]. And thanks for the suggestion on the date. I have updated the description. An astounding level of change indeed.