George's Street, Limerick

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Where: Limerick, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1890

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Hope you don't mind, but think I'll recycle one or two photos that have been hiding away in the bowels of our stream since we started on Flickr and before we hit the Commons, as they're pretty good but haven't really had much attention. They were part of the Munsterset project, but were quite low res. I'm replacing with higher quality images and I hope you'll like them.

This is George's Street, Limerick descending into the distance from no. 26 on the right - MacMahon's Temperance Hotel and Restaurant. On the left side of the street, the numbers are rising from 120 - O'Mahony & Co.

Date: 1900??

NLI Ref.: L_CAB_00934

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
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    economic quiet

    • 19/Jun/2012 08:48:22

    The craftmanship of the lamp post and the flowerpots on the roof of the building in the centre of the left side of the street are nice features.

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    DannyM8

    • 19/Jun/2012 09:18:12

    Georges Street is now O'Connell St.

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    DannyM8

    • 19/Jun/2012 09:31:43

    O'Mahonys still there - Established 1902 O’Mahony’s was founded in 1902 at 120 O’Connell St. Limerick by J.P.O’Mahony, grandfather of the current owner Frank, and continues to trade from the same location. It is the oldest retail business of its type in the region and has developed from a single store of 450sq.ft. into a 25,000sq.ft. retail operation in the Mid-West and South-West of Ireland.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 19/Jun/2012 10:28:23

    A similar style of electric lamp was introduced to Sydney, Australia streets from 1912, which might be of interest - www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/history/sydneystreets/Minding... Interesting in this photo that the old gas lamps are still there, which implies that electric street lighting had just been introduced.

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    Swordscookie

    • 19/Jun/2012 12:25:35

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] My favourite bookshop by a mile, I browsed through more books and bought more interesting books there than anywhere else. They had a great staff there when I was growing up and very helpful to young people. In the distance you can see Cannocks Clock over the shop there which was an excellent department store and sadly gone. Roches Stores were on the corner before Cannocks and burned down in the 50's. Across the road and closer to the shooter was Todds which burned down also in the 50's and I remember it well. The army lads had to come down and help Limerick Fire Brigade to put out the fire.

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    KölnMike

    • 19/Jun/2012 13:09:18

    Wow, this Limerick image has a much higher resolution than those uploaded at the beginning of this series. It reveals so much more detail. I suppose it would be requesting too much to re-upload those Limerick images again with a higher resolution?

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    KölnMike

    • 19/Jun/2012 13:25:40

    In my enthusiasm, I oversaw your description above! I’m so pleased that you will be replacing them with a higher resolution. This has made my day!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Jun/2012 13:33:25

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] And your enthusiasm for the recycling/reusing of Munsterset images has made my day! Won't be doing it all in the one go, but by degrees if that's ok with you... :)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Dec/2012 16:43:49

    According to this document: In 1902, the public and private lighting system of the city began the transition from gas to electricity.

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    Zackjones

    • 02/May/2014 15:35:19

    Our shop on the left was founded by my grandfather in 1902. Frank O'Mahony, O'Mahonys Booksellers Ltd.

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    J.W Photographic Collection.

    • 12/Feb/2016 22:03:08

    I really hope that O'Connell Street is bought back to its formal glory, the last time I was there (around 2008-2009) the layout and general appearance was quite honestly outdated and underdeveloped.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 17/Sep/2017 07:11:14

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Hi Caroline, are you talking about the photo posted above or a photo associated with the link you posted? PS - the link you posted is not working?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 17/Sep/2017 14:14:41

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Your link works for me: i64.tinypic.com/6frwbt.jpg I took a look in the nli archive, and I do not think that pic is digitized, at least not labelled William Street.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 18/Sep/2017 23:04:30

    Hi [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]]. I've been able to view the link (thanks [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley]). In honesty however do not recognise it. While we have many hundreds of street scenes of Limerick from this period, not all are digitised. And so it may be difficult to identify from the image itself alone. If you're interested you could stop-by Library Towers or the National Photographic Archive, and our gracious colleagues will do what they can to assist. But they may need a little more to go on - unless a trawl through many hundreds of candidates is to be avoided :) Can I ask if you know any more about the photo? That might show up in a (text) search of the MARC records?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Sep/2017 05:22:27

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] THe photo seems to correspond to William Street looking NW as in this streetview. The horse transport and dark clothing are consistent with a date of around 1900. The scan is not clear enough to read names off shopfronts, which might allow us to date it better. It could easily be from the Lawrence or Eason collections at the NLI, but as Mary says, it does not seem to have been digitized for the online catalogue (yet).

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Sep/2017 05:12:31

    Various photos from the collections have been published in books over the years. Many were made into postcards before the collections came to the NLI (this was why many were taken in the first place a hundred years ago). So the NLI has the original glass plates, but there are many copies out in the world. If that online pic is a scan from a book plate or postcard, it would explain why it is low resolution compared to the direct scans of the glass plates in the NLI archive.

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    tonyheaney

    • 30/Sep/2017 16:24:19

    National Library of Ireland on The Commons I have sent several emails and all have been ignored. I am not the only one. Without wanting to sound rude but does NLI use email system?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 20/Nov/2019 12:39:13

    John Patrick O'Mahony was at #120 in the 1911 census, but not in 1901, so a bit after 1900.