I think that the fancy gas lamp will help with the narrowing of the date range for this photo. It is a shame that Mr French did not focus his camera more often on dating clues in an effort to help us with our work. I am sure he wishes he had, as he looks down on us from day to day. Imagine the fun you could have if you took photos for today, that you knew would be studied in detail in 120 or 140 years time. Someday we will run a little photo competition on that basis. Happy Sunday.
+++ UPDATE +++
First things first, we found out that this is actually Main Street, Ballinasloe, and Dunloe Street is the street heading off to the left. And in fact, it’s spelt Dunlo. The Medical Hall is still a chemist (pharmacy), but the Irish House is a branch of AIB. Dating evidence was a little frustrating, but you did all manage to whittle the date of this photograph from 1865-1914 to between 1890-1914, so thank you all.
Photographer: Robert French
Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection
Date: Circa 1865 - 1914
NLI Ref: L_ROY_08037
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons