Lying about on the lines.

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Where: Leinster, Co Kildare, Ireland

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And its then I'll repair to the Curragh of Kildare as the song goes and obviously these men have taken that literally. "F" Lines in the Curragh Camp shows lots of wooden walled buildings, some strange fencing around two cannon and several layabouts. Perhaps those who know uniforms can tell us when this was taken and any of the detail around the shot and the area.

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865 - 1914

NLI Ref: L_CAB_02867

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    derangedlemur

    • 09/Oct/2020 08:00:52

    The "strange fencing" is presumably rifle racks.

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    derangedlemur

    • 09/Oct/2020 08:03:08

    The wooden halls look like prototypes for the new suburban churches of the post-war Dublin suburbs. They could be the inspiration for Donnycarney or Finglas or Whitehall or any of a dozen other optimistically sized eyesores. I'd imagine they're actually mess halls.

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    derangedlemur

    • 09/Oct/2020 08:04:11

    Post-1915: There's a bloke in a tin hat.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 09/Oct/2020 08:27:26

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 09/Oct/2020 08:27:33

    O

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 09/Oct/2020 08:27:41

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 09/Oct/2020 08:28:03

    And sheep ...

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    cargeofg

    • 09/Oct/2020 08:47:19

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia There is a dog in the K Line photo seems appropriate. https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] The strange fencing is just that, fencing. All be it the tame version it could be interlaces with barbed wire. There was a smaller "mini" version that was used as lawn edging. Square timber about 16" long with three round pegs through it. Pegs were same size as broom handles 1". Much used in public town gardens and parks in England in the 1960s

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    cargeofg

    • 09/Oct/2020 09:08:57

    In the companion photos there is a soldier in uniform with rifle and bayonet fixed (J line) and also in D line full dress uniform with medals. Over to those who know their regiment uniforms.

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    derangedlemur

    • 09/Oct/2020 09:59:45

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Oh, I know the ones you mean. they're meant to annoy cavalrymen, or picnickers in mini-form.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Oct/2020 11:02:13

    The OSI 25" shows the churches, clock tower and covered tanks. I think the officers club to our right is replaced by the fire station, so we are before the 25" survey, usually 1895-1905 somewhere.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Oct/2020 11:12:20

    The clock tower is dated 1894.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Oct/2020 11:16:37

    The clock tower is dated 1894. I must have my angles wrong, the five storey fire station is in the A line photo, and dates from 1900.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Oct/2020 11:45:35

    At some point, the churches had dovecote style lantern things (technical term) added, as see in EAS_2498. French visited more than once, as the church in L_ROY_07867 has them.

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    suckindeesel

    • 09/Oct/2020 12:43:32

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley That 25" survey of Curragh dated 1908

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    DannyM8

    • 10/Oct/2020 15:17:18

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Did you notice that there is a Dog?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 10/Oct/2020 19:51:53

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Yes! And a Clock!

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    suckindeesel

    • 10/Oct/2020 21:36:19

    The two guys in the D-Line photo appear to be from a Highland regiment, going by their trousers, although nobody is wearing kilts. Could be the Black Watch as their 3rd (Reserve) Battalion was stationed in the Curragh from March 1918

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    scooter2017

    • 12/Oct/2020 09:50:31

    Most of what we view here was built in the mid 1850s. The area where the cannon are is roughly the area where the Curragh water tower now stands. The two large buildings on either side of the clock tower are the Catholic church (left) and the Protestant church (right). After the Catholic church burnt down in 1923 the Catholic congregation moved into the Protestant church which was used till it was demolished in the early 1950s. The present Catholic church is now on that site. The clock tower is topped with a replica of a Crimea tent.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 17/Nov/2020 11:20:13

    Aside Camp gymnastics in 1897 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/delanyarchive/ - https://www.flickr.com/photos/delanyarchive/7691625490/in/dateposted/

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 18/Nov/2020 07:34:23

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Fantastic photo.