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Where: Leinster, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1916

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The early months of 1916 in Dublin were interesting, to say the least. This contraption hovering over the centre of the beleaguered city - seen here in stereo pair glory - must have boggled Dubliners' minds altogether!

Photographer: Alexander Conan

Collection: Alexander Conan Photographic Collection

Date: June 1916? Friday, 26 May 1916

NLI Ref: NPA CONAN5

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    O Mac

    • 27/Oct/2023 07:17:11

    Streetview. maps.app.goo.gl/ipUTQCTBU7uH7Qmf7

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 27/Oct/2023 07:47:27

    Via Trove, Friday 26 May 1916 (?) - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/242327035?searchTerm=a... AIRSHIP OVER DUBLIN (Published In "The Times") LONDON, Friday, 9.35 p.m. A British naval airship flew over Dublin today. It was quite low when passing over the Liffey.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Oct/2023 07:50:57

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/32162360@N00/ Trove is always amazing!

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 27/Oct/2023 07:58:11

    More ... This unusual event was reported in The Irish Times on 27 May. ‘A British airship, flying the naval ensign and bearing the Allied distinguishing mark – coloured circles – on its rudders, appeared over Dublin yesterday (Friday 26 May), and attracted very keen attention. It was first noticed east of the Custom House, and, after flying over the neighbourhood of Amiens Street Station, passed over the ruins of the Imperial Hotel, crossed Sackville Street, then turned south nearly as far as the offices of the Port and Docks Board. It then proceeded eastwards over the Liffey, and performed some evolutions over the buildings on the South Wall. As it came low an excellent view of its design was obtained by the hundreds of persons observing its movement. Three figures could be seen in the airship. The navigating officers acknowledged the cheers of the crowd by waving their hands.' ... From - thecricketbatthatdiedforireland.com/2013/02/23/the-first-...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Oct/2023 08:22:43

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Date Established, thank you very much.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 27/Oct/2023 08:29:42

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland There is a possibility that this photo is of a second airship on Thursday 20 July, mentioned in the article linked above. Because it is relatively high up, and the writing could say "July 1916". Someone will know ...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Oct/2023 08:56:07

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia From the Alexander Conan Photographic Collection synopsis:

    Three rare photos of an airship over Dublin’s northern cityscape were taken from Dawson Street, possibly on 26th May 1916. A British Royal Navy Airships station was based at Malahide Castle between 1916 and 1918. The "Submarine Scout" or "Sea Scout" (SS) airships were used for submarine patrols on the Irish Sea and were equipped with bombs, a Lewis machine gun, and a wireless. They were also used for ground reconnaissance.
    P.S. A little envious of the quality/clarity of those photos! :D

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    John Spooner

    • 27/Oct/2023 09:52:03

    I've fiddled with the image(s) and peered through my apparatus. The 3-D effect mostly applies to the wall on the right and the cap in the foreground, and both stand out from the tram. As expected, no sense of the airship being distant, any more than viewed as mono images.

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    John Spooner

    • 27/Oct/2023 10:05:43

    Irish Independent - Tuesday 30 May 1916: Irish Independent - Tuesday 30 May 1916

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Oct/2023 10:12:22

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/29809546@N00/ With bonus pendulous swan neck lamp.

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    John Spooner

    • 27/Oct/2023 10:19:25

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Given the lamp and the skyline I'll be disappointed if no-one can pinpoint the location of the photographer.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Oct/2023 10:24:16

    the stereo image could be Nassau st with Trinity's railings?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Oct/2023 10:30:08

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/30369211@N00/ Absolutely. http://www.flickr.com/photos/91549360@N03/ came in with that location earlier. Mea culpa, but I'm having trouble adding photos to the map when I'm using my tablet.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Oct/2023 10:41:35

    O Mac my bad! I missed that.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 27/Oct/2023 10:44:16

    Now I am thinking Mr Conan's fancy handwriting of "J" is more likely a flourishing "M" for May. Happy!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Oct/2023 10:44:19

    Mr. Spooner's Indo shot is over the Gunpowder Office at O'Connell Bridge again.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 27/Oct/2023 11:16:47

    The masonry vegetation at right of frame is still there on the Dawson Street corner. That would have costa fortune back then - maps.app.goo.gl/YNQyNaTHv9NxEHxx9

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    suckindeesel

    • 27/Oct/2023 11:29:32

    “And Now for Something Completely Different” flic.kr/p/9RGJmL

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Oct/2023 11:38:02

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/184711311@N04/ Well, Holy God, Miley!!

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 27/Oct/2023 22:15:12

    apparently was the first one over the city thecricketbatthatdiedforireland.com/2013/02/23/the-first-...

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 27/Oct/2023 22:16:30

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/184711311@N04 THAT'S where the mile high club came from

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    an poc

    • 31/Oct/2023 10:49:52

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Re: the RNAS airship base at Malahide Castle, I could be wrong but I don't think it opened until 1918. My great-grandmother lived in Malahide and kept a diary 1915-18. Based on that, the Malahide base didn't begin operating until May 1918. On 16 May 1918 she writes: "An airship arrived at about 8 A.M. There was great excitement." Other entries indicate that the RNAS were not in Malahide until this point. So I'd guess that the airship in this photo came from further afield, perhaps Anglesey where the RNAS also had a base.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 31/Oct/2023 11:28:31

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/186636635@N06/ I bet there was "great excitement"! Marvellous for you to have that diary.