Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
Photo by Jason Pantig, 2019:
The spire was added in 1916
Still looking good goo.gl/maps/imefPzaRQpcMPWFj7
A nice YouTube tour and history youtu.be/y4RBk7vbpww
Note the 'all seeing eye' symbol above the rose window with the Alpha and Omega letters below
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] That's a good history; at about 1:02 it shows a Lawrence (Eblana) photo of the dedication (?) in 1903 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000561962
Mr French / Lawrence was there earlier - the grotto mural is incomplete and there is a wooden criss-cross fence around it - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000320103 .
So when was the fence replaced? Before the 1916 spire at least ...
The earlier French / Lawrence photo was taken at exactly the same position as this Eason unidentified photographer one. See the tall lamps either side of the church, etc. What are the chances of that happening with different photographers?!
Here's the interesting bit: www.pipeorgansirl.com/roscommon
Incidentally, I used to work with this guy in Jonesie's (AKA Kenneth Jones & Assoc).
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I like pipe organ stuff! I see this one was installed in 1912, and not evident in this French / Lawrence interior 'west' photo - see also the lethal gas jet lamps - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000320108
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia It must be the best location for shots as even the one by Jason Pantig, above, is from the same spot. Symmetry etc?
It surely is a beautiful structure and one for my bucket list if I ever happen to visit Roscommon. They don't make them like that anymore.
The clock hasn't been installed yet, a date of 1915 can be seen in modern photos.
The stone cross atop the grotto is from the old church, now a BOI branch.
The holy water font is from the 18th century Penal Law times.
A wonderful photograph.
So, 1903/4-1914/5, so far