Betty bought a bit of Batty Butter

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Where: Leinster, Co Kildare, Ireland

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When: 01 July 1931

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Presenting the Butter Market in Athy, Co. Kildare, with its delightfully clear clock face for beachcomber australia's delectation. And if there isn't a good story behind that intriguing Sea Bat poster, then I shall be eating my chapeau (this one!)...

Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: Around July 1931, based on Sea Bat poster – thanks John Spooner!

NLI Ref: EAS_2414

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 13/Jul/2022 07:51:16

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/ Thank you for the clock!🕒 14:49 and a SE wind ...

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    Bernard Healy

    • 13/Jul/2022 08:09:15

    The Sea Bat - per Wikipedia: The Sea Bat is a 1930 American pre-Code melodrama thriller film directed by Lionel Barrymore and Wesley Ruggles, starring Raquel Torres, Charles Bickford and featuring Boris Karloff. Part of the film was filmed on location in Mazatlán, Mexico. The film was originally intended as a vehicle for Lon Chaney, but he was too ill from throat cancer to undertake the project and died on August 26, 1930. The film concerns a community of sponge divers who are harassed by a large and hostile manta ray.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 13/Jul/2022 08:11:47

    A different poster for the "All Talking" 1930 movie - From - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sea_Bat IMDB - www.imdb.com/title/tt0021345/ Spoiler Alert! The final scene (58 seconds) - youtu.be/Cu2c0qw-1TA

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 13/Jul/2022 08:19:57

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy I see adverts in the Irish Times for showings of "The Sea Bat" for Dublin cinemas between 2nd and 7th March 1931.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 13/Jul/2022 08:20:55

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] I tried to find the poster from the photo online but failed. However, the top-left lobby card from this link is very similar - sandwichauction.hibid.com/lot/62572-103803-45997/six-the-...

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 13/Jul/2022 08:25:08

    The creature (Batty) ! - youtu.be/vx3w6b_AnV0 Edit - There is even a song from the movie, "Lo-Lo" - youtu.be/J3HaqxsuI9g . That gent in the bowler was whistling it as he strolled across the road.

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    suckindeesel

    • 13/Jul/2022 08:27:12

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Yes, the Irish release date was 27 February 1931 according to IMDB. Probably took a while to reach Athy, which was the way back then

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    suckindeesel

    • 13/Jul/2022 08:44:17

    And it was ‘All Talking’ as well

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    suckindeesel

    • 13/Jul/2022 08:50:34

    The ground floor of the Town Hall was used as a market for the sale of butter and eggs.Just one of 12 markets that were held in earlier times.

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    suckindeesel

    • 13/Jul/2022 08:58:18

    The Town Hall now used as a library and fire station www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/11505...

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    Foxglove

    • 13/Jul/2022 09:34:44

    youtube clip - the sea bat is a manta ray www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx3w6b_AnV0

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 13/Jul/2022 10:52:48

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove It leaves Moby Dick in the ha’penny place!

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    John Spooner

    • 13/Jul/2022 11:04:29

    The dates for the the Sea Bat at Athy Cinema were 8th, 9th and 10th July 1931 (Wednesday-Friday). The previous film at the cinema was "Anna Christie", starring Greta Garbo, 3 nights from Sunday to Tuesday. (Leinster Leader - Saturday 4 July 1931)

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    John A. Coffey

    • 13/Jul/2022 11:21:08

    Now Emily Square, beside the electricity pole the family grocer and bar is O`Brien`s, and still in the family.Frank O`Brien rip the former proprietor was a barman, a historian of Irish and local history and chairman of Athy hurling club. Next door is the Bank, now BoI, and the family grocer may be Luttrel`s. Where the car is there is now a 1798 memorial to the Croppie`s who were hung in Whites Castle, just accross the road. The bottom part of the building now has The Ernest Shackleton Museum, and outside a statue stands of Shackleton. The Library is now in the former Dominican church.

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    O Mac

    • 13/Jul/2022 11:27:51

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Do you know where the cinema was?

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    suckindeesel

    • 13/Jul/2022 12:00:53

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ The Picture Palace, Offaly St, opened 1926

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    John Spooner

    • 13/Jul/2022 12:19:01

    The quiet scene portrayed in the picture contrasts with a description of the square on the last Monday in June 1931, which was polling day

    Many who were engaged at the polling booths were at 7 o’clock Mass but even at this early hour the Square was decorated with huge banners and cross poles, covered with bunting, the national colours being very much in evidence, as were also the words “Conlan” and “Harris.” At nine o’clock the Square was thronged with cars, and as all the polling booths were close together in the Town Hall and Courthouse there was a complete concentration of people at this particular part of the town. Throughout the day the activity continued, yes, and well into the night, as even after the voting the people were anxious to let the world know in which direction their sympathies lay and in consequence made the town a bit lively when all the other thrills had ceased.
    (Kildare Observer and Eastern Counties Advertiser - Saturday 4 July 1931) And even less quiet the day before
    Even more powerful than on the previous Sunday, were the loud speakers in Athy Market Square on Sunday, June 28th, and the voices the various speakers were clearly heard above the sound of the horses’ hoofs, cheers and sound of drum and the music, which spoke volumes for the power the curious looking erection with its numerous connections, wires, etc. A period when the sound was not heard caused a loss in the continuity of the speech to those on the outskirts of the crowd.

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    suckindeesel

    • 13/Jul/2022 12:40:51

    13 Emily Square maps.app.goo.gl/Lad1JTw89RPU5d5a7

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    John Spooner

    • 13/Jul/2022 12:52:24

    Hmm. I wonder. At their election meeting, the Fianna Fail speakers were met by a procession - "At the head of the procession was a horse and plough quaintly decorated with the tri-colour and bearing cards with different catch-cries in prominent positions." Could the plough in the cart be the plough in question, stripped of its decoration and ready to be transported back to its farm? Is it a plough? I know little about 1930s agricultural equipment, but I'd expect a plough to have bigger ploughshares rather than the small things on the thing sticking up vertically. And if it isn't a plough did the reporter not know the difference and call it a plough anyway?

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    O Mac

    • 13/Jul/2022 13:03:06

    John Spooner That's a mower in the cart. It looks like that made by Pierce of Wexford. flic.kr/p/2kxuuWR

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    John Spooner

    • 13/Jul/2022 13:04:07

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Ah, thanks.

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    Architecture of Dublin

    • 13/Jul/2022 13:19:44

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:County_Kildare_-_Athy_Town_Hal...

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    Architecture of Dublin

    • 13/Jul/2022 13:20:14

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/ailishoheigeartaigh/22570021962/

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    Architecture of Dublin

    • 13/Jul/2022 13:20:45

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/34151696054/

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Jul/2022 13:21:10

    Comparing the 25" and 1930s Cassini maps, I think this building in Streetview is the former Picture Palace on Offaly St. just out of sight in todays shot. Yes, confirmed here: The Picture Palace opened on 5th September 1926 with “Madame Sans-Gene” and later had a British Acoustic(BA) sound system installed for talkies. It was established by Captain Hosie, an army officer, in what had previously been a malt house. It was later sold on to a Mr Holmes and then to the Roscrea & Athy Cinema Company. The 600-seater continued until business was severely affected by the opening of the Grove Cinema. The foyer was later used as a shop. The Grove opened in 1957.

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    Architecture of Dublin

    • 13/Jul/2022 13:23:00

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_market_houses_in_the_Republ...

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    John A. Coffey

    • 13/Jul/2022 13:23:11

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Offaly Street with St.Ann`s Church of Ireland in the background, the road to Carlow

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Jul/2022 14:09:46

    We dated this one in summer 1931 too, based on election posters: Street, Athy, Co. Kildare

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 13/Jul/2022 15:29:44

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner Ringing the Date Established bell vigorously thanks to you!

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    O Mac

    • 13/Jul/2022 19:05:09

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Thanks.

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    suckindeesel

    • 13/Jul/2022 19:40:06

    https://flic.kr/p/c4etQA via John Waters

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    suckindeesel

    • 13/Jul/2022 19:56:12

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Yes, it has all the appearance of a former cinema, including marquee

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    suckindeesel

    • 13/Jul/2022 21:29:11

    Internal view Google Earth Link earth.app.goo.gl/qhQRMq #googleearth

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 13/Jul/2022 21:40:14

    The gent in the bowler - Stan Laurel? He has just bought sticky buns from the Family Grocer for his friend Oliver Hardy, who is waiting impatiently in the getaway car ...

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    scooter2017

    • 20/Jul/2022 10:59:44

    An article in the Leinster Leader 4th July states that "The Sea Bat" will be shown on Wed, Thurs, Fri, the 8th, 9th, 10th, July. at Athy Cinema.👍🎦