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Where: Leinster, Dublin City, Ireland

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From Morgan street in Waterford to Monkey Morgan over Ballsbridge in the space of 24 hours. This is a remarkable image which compared to the developments in the intervening years could occupy each of us for many hours over the weekend? I see the old Lansdowne Road stadium with it's concrete pillars, Old Belvedere grounds and even the RDS where once horses plied their trade and now the Leinster Donkey's dig up the surface!
(That's just the Munster in Morning Mary coming out and a refusal to acknowledge that they are one of the best teams in the world but we're better when we're bitter)

Photographer: Alexander Campbell “Monkey” Morgan

Collection: Morgan Aerial Photographic Collection

Date: ca. March 1956

NLI Ref: NPA MOR2157

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    • 07/Jan/2022 08:52:51

    Google maps satellite 3D - www.google.com/maps/@53.3187757,-6.2249301,238a,35y,347.5... About 11:30 by that clock tower ?

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    • 07/Jan/2022 09:01:20

    As you were - not a clock there. Easier to see on this companion photo - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000736442/HoldingsILS#tabnav

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    • 07/Jan/2022 10:07:35

    thankyou for reviving memories!!

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    • 07/Jan/2022 10:39:03

    Brilliant! Thank you for the link to Capt Morgan, had not come across him before.

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    • 07/Jan/2022 11:19:31

    Road a railway viewpoint there may be interesting things here. Does that not show the former sidings to Ballsbridge with a train on it? And was not site of the Dublin and Kingston Railway's original "engine hospital", before move to Canal Street, on the other side of the main line just to the right of the junction? The river will be the Dodder, described by Bergin as "Dublin's River", the railway bridge over it being destroyed in a storm in November 1834 just before it opened. Now there's Facebook(Meta) here with weird green walls or something. ( I've not cross checked anything I'm rambling on about).😇

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    • 07/Jan/2022 11:26:32

    Yes, The Ballsbridge Showground siding is visible, it was already closed to passengers (1941) but was still open for goods until 1971. I think the 'engine hospital would have been near the siding junction on the main line, probably where the Railway Cottages are. I can see Ball's Bridge and a massive gasometer in the distance, also Boland's Mill?

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    • 07/Jan/2022 11:28:33

    Is that the Hospital Sweepstakes building across the road from the RDS?

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    • 07/Jan/2022 11:34:01

    St. Mary's Church (COI) Ballsbridge still there

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    O Mac

    • 07/Jan/2022 13:30:56

    The RDS siding was used for many years for a morning and late afternoon special for the many hundreds of women who used work in the Sweepstakes. I went to Marian College and we used call it the granny train. Extra rugby specials would sometimes use the siding on big match days.

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    • 07/Jan/2022 22:20:39

    I can see the old tramway depot beyond the bridge. It would have been producing VW bugs at that time. Now the location of Ballsbridge Motors

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    • 07/Jan/2022 23:48:05

    Happy New Year! Was today the centenary of the Treaty?

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