Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
Looks very like some social unrest one we had sometime in the last year, only without the people.
Possibly John Fanning, Provisions Merchant, of Newtown Road, Waterford Urban No. 4
This is the one it reminded me of: www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/8032153949/in/photolist-d...
Doesn't seem to be the same place
edit: Having said that, it could easily be O'Connell street.
Mr Fanning's Butter Store* with butter firkins outside?
1/4 barrel = 1 firkin = 56 pounds = 25 kilograms
* - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000589941
Buenas fotos antiguas .
Thanks all. I totally concur on this likely being a commission for the Fanning family business in Waterford. Can we confirm a location though? Are there available street directories for Waterford? (Similar to those used for Cork and Dublin in the past...?)
The often valuable Lennon Wylie page has the 1894 street directory for Waterford, and on O'Connell St. lists:
6, 7. Chapman Bros., provision merchants
8, 9. R. Mahony & Co., do
10. J. Fanning & Co., do
The 1901 census confirms a butter store on O'Connell Street.
Streetview shows no sign of these buildings today.
The Waterford Standard has several adverts from 1885:
J. Fanning & Co
Wholesale stores - Corner of Queen Street and Thomas Street
Retail stores - opposite