Not everybody left Skibbereen it seems!

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When: 01 January 1900

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This Mason image is a hive of industry with Looms, Spinning Wheels and a sewing machine to the fore! A fine bright room with lots of good light coming through the window, religious pictures on the wall probably indicate a local co-operative? Growing up the plaintive song "Skibbereen" was a party favourite but is seldom heard today!

Collection: Mason Photographic Collection

Date: 1890 - 1910

NLI Ref: M4/12

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    O Mac

    • 02/Mar/2020 08:32:50

    "Skibbereen 2624 WL" bottom left corner... ??

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    O Mac

    • 02/Mar/2020 08:36:51

    "Convent of Mercy Schools Skibbereen." credited to Lawrence. catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000323892

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Mar/2020 08:48:33

    The convent on the 25" map. The building marked School there is still standing, and renovated as offices: streetview Edit: wrong School! See the beachcomber's comment below for the correct one.

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    John Spooner

    • 02/Mar/2020 08:50:41

    The teaser from the BNA index for Freeman's Journal on 9th October 1893: "LiNEN WEAVING AT THE CONVENT OF MERCY, SKIBBEREEN. It will be in the recollection of our readers that in 1889 the nuns of the Convent of Mercy, Skibbereen, first made the experiment of introducing the art of linen weaving by hand looms into the .."

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    O Mac

    • 02/Mar/2020 09:03:31

    School was closed 2003. Buildings still there.. R595 maps.app.goo.gl/i2hbR6uhCGp37LUi7

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/Mar/2020 09:13:43

    Listen to Skibbereen? It is a cracker of a song! www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMi-njuHcC0

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 02/Mar/2020 10:34:57

    Is it an EDISON sewing machine? Seen better here - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000323890 . I can't find much about them online, so may be wrong ...

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    John Spooner

    • 02/Mar/2020 11:32:56

    The Freeman's Journal article mentioned above states that by May 1893 they had 23 looms, and had produced 1,400 dozen handkerchiefs, 250 dozen towels, 2,400 yards of linen, 6,000 yards of lawn(?), and a large quantity of towelling. They had won first prize at the Working-Men's and Women's Exhibition in London. They had just (October 1993) won the contract for supplying fine ticken, shirting, lining linen, striped linen for women's gowns, and linen for aprons to the Skibereen Poor Law Union (i.e. the workhouse).

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    John A. Coffey

    • 02/Mar/2020 13:03:36

    Merrily cheerily noisily whirring Swings the wheel spins the wheel while the foot's stirring Sprightly and lightly and merrily ringing Sounds the sweet voice of the young maiden singing.

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    suckindeesel

    • 02/Mar/2020 16:47:57

    Hard to believe that the property could end up in NAMA. The whole site sold in 2004 for well over €1000,000. 10 years later, showing its age, on sale with a reserve of half that

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    suckindeesel

    • 02/Mar/2020 18:28:30

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner Lawn: plain weave linen, also called "handkerchief linen".. Wikipedia

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    suckindeesel

    • 02/Mar/2020 18:31:23

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Looks like "Edison" in other photo. Singer had about 80% of the market in the 1890s, can't find anything similar online, probably an industrial model.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 02/Mar/2020 20:20:19

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] I think you might have the wrong building; I suggest this - goo.gl/maps/Bafhj4pR2UM3TBVR9 - also marked as a school on the 25" map, and it has those 'pretty' slightly arched windows. Seen here also - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000334934 and it must have been on the first floor, see roof - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000323890 {Ed. Snap @ www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] [Aside] I had nightmares after reading this Trove article (originally printed in the London Times in 1846. A letter to the Duke of Wellington from a local landowner about the condition pf the people near Skibbereen due to famine and fever - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/690750 . No wonder they left Skibbereen, and tried to help survivors with 'worthy' projects like in this photo.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Mar/2020 06:04:55

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Agreed!

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    suckindeesel

    • 03/Mar/2020 07:33:50

    Site of Bishop's Palace, across the road from cathedral,

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    aesrth

    • 04/Mar/2020 23:27:55

    great pic

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 10/Mar/2020 08:00:10

    Perfect capture

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    Karin Joy Passmore

    • 05/Apr/2020 19:39:49

    Cause a problem, bring a solution on your terms: it is how the world has been conquered.

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    rexbfire

    • 22/Jul/2020 23:39:23

    Great Photo Documentation!!!