Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
The BANNER COUNTY !!!
What an amazing building! Wonder if it has survived?
There was only one Baker listed in Lahinch in the census of 1901 and 1911, his name was Mortimer Rush: www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000468054/
In 1901, his house is listed as a shop, but in 1911, although he is still a baker, his house is listed as a public house.
May I also point out that this is Lahinch (or sometimes Lehinch), and not Ennis as mapped?
Actually, I think this may be Ennistymon. Here is Frank Comber in 1901, Publican and Baker.
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] It's Bay View Hotel, Niall - now replaced with higher res so you can see what's going on...
I'd be happy enough that it should be Ennistymon, just can't find an Old Town Street in Ennistymon any more. Although are Lahinch/Lehinch and Ennistymon not very close to each other?
Do you think that's Frank sitting outside the door? I found this amazing school register on the Clare County Library site. Looks as if his little brother Joseph "went to learn Classics" no less!
Old Town is just a few houses long, here on the OS 25" map. "Bay view" is a bit odd as a name in Ennistymon, though.
From the County Library again:
22. Designs The home of Michael Comber’s grandfather, Frank Comber, later his son, Edward was Welfare Officer in the same house for many years until he moved to Parliament Street. It is now a boutique owned by Michael and Catherine Comber. The building also contains a Hairdressing Salon owned by Teresa O’Regan from Clouna.
Aha! I thought Bay View was a bit unlikely!
Here is hotelier Edward Comber in Lahinch in 1911, and one of the residents is Thomas McInerney, Baker,
New best guess for a location here on the GeoHive OS 25"
From that mad school register:
27 July 1857 119 Edward Comber Ennistymon 9 Baker January 1865 Apprenticed
Just 2 residents next door, in a 3 windowed house. That matches: Sarah and Jane Considine, Retired Grocers (both Single).
Now, what is that dog's name?
The Considines were in Lehinch (again in a 3-window house next to a pub) in 1901, but next door was occupied by John A. Murdock.
Edward Comber was there too, but in smaller premises (3 windows to the front on the census form).
I think Edward moved to the Hotel/Bakery/Pub shown between 1901 and 1911. Another possibility is that as http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] suggests above, Edward extended his premises adding 2 windows and making it into a Hotel, but the OS 25" map says the Hotel I like was there in 1895, and this size.
Catherine Comber is recorded as Kate in 1901.
Edward Comber has no sons or daughters in either census, but his McInerney nieces/nephews are there, including (I think) Thomas who is the baker in 1911.
The Sancta Maria hotel in Lahinch is about 100 yards from this spot, and has been in the McInerney family for 3 generations (it wasn't there in 1895).
Marriage record of Edward Comber and Kate Malone of Lahinch.