All aboard the "Cherry-bounce"

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Where: Northern Ireland, Antrim, United Kingdom

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When: 01 January 1900

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Happy tourists or day trippers loading up outside McNeill's Hotel in Larne, Co. Antrim, under the watchful eye of the local constabulary. We think McNeill's was near Dunluce Street. Have hazarded "charabanc" as a tag for the large vehicle, but absolutely open to correction...

Date: Circa 1900

NLI Ref.: L_CAB_03803

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    marinela 2008

    • 29/Dec/2011 14:36:37

    Happy New Year !

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    Gerry Ward

    • 29/Dec/2011 23:23:18

    Larne (where I have reason to travel to each day) has changed a bit since 1900!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Dec/2011 12:55:46

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gerryward But the name McNeill lives on! So Curran Road is the right location??

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Dec/2011 12:56:30

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Happy New Year to you too! :)

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    Gerry Ward

    • 30/Dec/2011 16:29:34

    It is Main Street at that point - it is incorrectly labelled on Google maps!

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    MisterBenz

    • 31/Dec/2011 16:16:26

    The large coach would indeed be called a Char-a-bancs (or charabanc in English) the smaller ones are typical Irish jaunting carts.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 31/Dec/2011 16:26:56

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/henkenmieke Thanks for the confirmation! Have seen also that Hannah, the housekeeper in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women called it a "Cherry-bounce"... :)

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    RETRO STU

    • 02/Jan/2012 15:22:02

    The Charabanc driver must be quite skilled at his job - he has to manage three horses in unison.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Aug/2021 16:25:32

    RIC man in a helmet instead of a peaked cap suggests before 1900 to me, but that looks like an electric light behind them. I see references to the Larne Electric Light Works Ltd from 1896.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Aug/2021 16:27:23

    Or perhaps a little earlier: Electricity first came to Larne in 1892 when the "Larne Electric Light and Power Company" installed two small AC generators turned by belts from two steam engines. Once transformed this gave a supply of 100 cycles at 110 volts. and at first was used to power fourteen street lights and also a few houses. The electricity was only available from dusk until midnight.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Nov/2021 17:19:08

    L_ROY_10905 is also a horse drawn charabanc outside O'Neills. The building beyond the hotel is the same, but the hotel itself has been replaced by a much fancier 3 storey building. L_ROY_10906 is the fancy version looking very new, and at left includes an ER postbox, so after Jan 1901.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Nov/2021 17:38:10

    Not much help. From the DIA Name: HEGARTY, JOHN Building: CO. ANTRIM, LARNE, MAIN STREET, HOTEL Date: 1910 Nature: New hotel to be erected by Henry McNeill, Ltd (not clear whether they were proprietors or contractors). 3 storeys high, with 100ft frontage, incorporating a concert hall.