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Where: Leinster, County Wicklow, Ireland

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What a cracker of an image of Main Street, Arklow, Co. Wicklow? Horse apples galore, chairs set out in a line, ladies in big hats, sun shades out over shop windows and a strange looking chicken eying up the photographer. The style of the young lady on the left striding out towards the footpath makes her look confident and as if she is pointedly ignoring the photographer make this for me!

Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: between 1900-1939

NLI Ref: Eas 3834

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 10/Feb/2022 08:30:57

    God bless your eyesight! That Chicken is a Dog!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Feb/2022 08:32:19[email protected] That is a matter for debate! It could be a cat, a small cow, or a giant Rhode Island Red!!!!!

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    • 10/Feb/2022 09:05:53

    That ain't no chicken ... that's a dog!

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    • 10/Feb/2022 09:24:50

    Going by 'Bradshaw's Lane' (see note) as a constant, streetview (?) -

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    John Spooner

    • 10/Feb/2022 09:26:30

    Thomas Birthistle died at his home in Main St, Arklow, in August 1931. From his obituary in the Wicklow People:

    Of a retiring and unobtrusive disposition lie disliked publicity, but it is a widely-known fact that whatever time could he spared from the calls of his own business concern, was spent by him in endeavours to achieve practical results to promote welfare of the town, and above all to improve the lot of the sick, and the necessitous poor. In the latter respect he showed tireless energy and such unrelenting interest in the work of the various religious and other associations in the town formed for the purpose of alleviating distress among the poor that be has implanted in the hearts of those whose cause he so fondly espoused a feeling of appreciation and gratitude which will not be soon eradicated ... As the funeral cortege, which was of very large proportions. and representative of creeds and classes, passed through the town, shops were shuttered and blinds drawn

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    • 10/Feb/2022 09:48:37 The James Cycle Co. Is advertised on the left

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    • 10/Feb/2022 10:54:45

    the dog is doing it's best turkey impression

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    • 10/Feb/2022 12:22:03

    I will not be adding anything edifying but just to say I've spent many a happy hour in Arklow for many years when visiting from the north for a feis. The photo brings back many happy memories.

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    • 10/Feb/2022 13:03:34

    This site dates that Sternol Motor Oils & Greases sign on the Arklow Bicycles shop as 1910s

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    • 10/Feb/2022 13:07:12

    The Streets of Arklow…. Van Morrison. And as we walked Through the streets of Arklow Oh the color Of the day wore on And our heads Were filled with poetry And the morning A-comin' on to dawn.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Feb/2022 14:18:24

    Ladies fashions with long skirts and massive hats (see at right) suggests 1910 ish.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Feb/2022 14:25:21

    Fast forwarding through the catalogue, the next dateable thing I see is a 1904 memorial to 1798 at EAS 3851. Going the other wan is a long list of undigitized shots, and then some WR&S ones, which I think are all near 1900, but not taken in the same sequence, so unhelpful.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Feb/2022 14:38:57

    William Greene, shopkeeper, is 67 in 1911.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Feb/2022 14:46:55

    The awning at left might belong to Edward Norris Pawnbroker in 1911.

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    Brendan Doyle

    • 10/Feb/2022 14:59:34


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    • 10/Feb/2022 17:12:41[email protected]/ Definitely………s …nbroker

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    • 10/Feb/2022 17:50:58

    Thomas Birthistle, shopkeeper in both 1901 and 1911 Large family with 11 surviving children. An unusual surname, concentrated in the Arklow area and Pembroke East

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    • 10/Feb/2022 20:07:43

    Buenas fotos aniguas .