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A working scene from the Clarke Photographic Collection today. with something I have never seen before. A donkey hitched to a cart, with a further donkey in front of him hitched to his fellow and the cart by chains. A train of poor neddies pulling a heavy load of rock to or from a building site. The building in the background looks quite modern, so it would be great to find out where and why?

Congratulations to Sharon Corbet for totally destroying Morning Mary’s day by identifying the unidentifiable in such short order yesterday. :-(

Photographers: J. J. Clarke

Collection: Clarke Photographic Collection

Date: ca. 1897-1904?

NLI Ref: CLAR36

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    derangedlemur

    • 11/Nov/2020 10:17:16

    It looks like a ski resort, aside from the donkeys and no snow.

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    Swordscookie

    • 11/Nov/2020 10:37:57

    Probably somewhere in Donegal given Dr. Clarkes history. An especially interesting photograph with the chains linking the donkeys which I have never seen before though it does make sense. The one poor old ass would find those heavy rocks a great burden going uphill. Some fine beards on display for Movember and some very well shod boys given the era of the image. Would that indicate that it was winter even though the workman is in shirt sleeves? Where is Annie McGinley when you need her?

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    O Mac

    • 11/Nov/2020 10:41:32

    Odd building. No boxed soffits and low pitch roof. Strange layout too. Church, school, convent?? Three grown men and two asses bringing a rock for a walk.

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    cargeofg

    • 11/Nov/2020 11:01:29

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Non boxed soffits quite common on buildings of that Victorian/Edwardian era. Also uses less wood so cost saving. It does look ecclesiastical.

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    derangedlemur

    • 11/Nov/2020 11:16:17

    If it's in Donegal, it's not heritage. NIAH doesn't seem to have it under any obvious category. Unless the date is post-1920, I suppose.

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    John Spooner

    • 11/Nov/2020 11:22:20

    Two donkeys, one behind the other, pulling a conveyance, or rather the vehicle itself, is known as a tandem (and this pre-dates the bicycle version - the OED has a citation from 1785). Three (and this is my word of the day) is a randem. Only to be tackled if you know what you're doing. More here

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    John A. Coffey

    • 11/Nov/2020 12:18:57

    Looks more like a section of wall rather than a large stone, also reminds me of An Chúirt , Gweedore.

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    derangedlemur

    • 11/Nov/2020 13:47:34

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] It does look like the back or side of a courthouse (if that's how An Chuirt got it's name). It's just that one buttress on the corner giving it an ecclesiastical sort of feel.

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    Inverarra

    • 11/Nov/2020 14:49:57

    A very interesting photo. Looks like they were heading uphill, hence the extra ass. Thanks.

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    John Spooner

    • 11/Nov/2020 15:06:34

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] And the chocks behind the wheels.

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    derangedlemur

    • 11/Nov/2020 16:24:32

    The arched window in the middle is taller than the other two. You can tell because the top half of the left and middle windows are both visible and different lengths.

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    derangedlemur

    • 11/Nov/2020 17:20:42

    Are these the same donkeys, I wonder? catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000168899

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    derangedlemur

    • 11/Nov/2020 17:37:48

    He didn't just hang about Donegal. This one is west Cork: catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000044324 goo.gl/maps/dycnGJzd7nYwU9sy8 Edit - must have had the wrong filter on there - this one's not Clarke!

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    [email protected]

    • 11/Nov/2020 18:59:15

    Beautiful👍

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 11/Nov/2020 22:13:52

    A beautiful historical photo. By the way, notice the guy standing in the middle, holding up the cart? Notice his feet. The 25% of me causes me to strike the same pose. Must be genetic.

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    O Mac

    • 11/Nov/2020 23:21:07

    Wee stones under the wheels. Clarke must have asked them to pose.

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    suckindeesel

    • 11/Nov/2020 23:24:35

    I think they're doing some repairs to the mystery building. Note the rubble on street behind the cart and the pickaxe. The cart is "parked", hence the chocks. The workman on the left, although not young, exudes a sense of strength, look how fit he appears and how straight his posture. No obesity in those times!

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    nintytwo

    • 12/Nov/2020 15:14:47

    I see the name seems to be on a plaque on the side of the cart. Can anybody make anything out on that?

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    derangedlemur

    • 12/Nov/2020 17:27:06

    I have discovered that if you use open searches on NIAH, it doesn't return all records. This makes it very difficult to track anything down. e.g. All churches in Wicklow doesn't return Tinahely Methodist church, but all churches in Tinahely does. Edit: All "Places of Worship" in Wicklow gets it, so maybe all is not lost.

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    derangedlemur

    • 20/Dec/2020 11:17:30

    To the extent that I can identify any shadows for direction finding purposes, that could be the altar end of a chapel with the triple window.