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Where: Kerry, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1901

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Looks as if you could buy almost anything from this shop and bar in Ballybunion, Co. Kerry at the corner of Main Street and Cliff Road. It's a pub now.

Our thanks to 3.1415926535 for this and this contemporary view of Shortis's pub as it is now.

Thanks to DannyM8 for doing some digging on the Shortis family in the 1901 and 1911 census.

This was the Shortis family in 1901, with father and mother William and Annie, both aged 32 and described as General Merchant and Publican and Wife of a Merchant respectively.

Matters took a sad turn for the Shortis family in 1905 however. DannyM8 reports:
"Annie Died in Childbirth 1905

William Shortis, Born: 1869, From Carrick on Suir, Co Tipperary, Married to Annie Browne Died: 1905, 'Died of 'Broken heart', leaving 5 children with no parents. Occupation: Manager of Lartigue railway. Exported Cashen salmon to Harrods in London, England. Reference: He built Shortis's bar and lodge in Ballybunnion, Co Kerry.
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The Census of 1911 sees William and Annie Shortis replaced by Norah and Mary Brown, sisters and Aunts to the Shortis children.

DannyM8 also found out that Patrick Shortis, aged 8 in 1901, was at All Hallows, Drumcondra, Dublin in 1911 aged 18, and described as a Student of Theology Undergraduate (aka a priest in training?), and provides a follow-up to Patrick Shortis's story:
"Patrick Shortis and Daniel Scanlon both lost their lives in the fight for independence and were honoured by the North Kerry branch of Republican Sinn Fein.
Patrick Shortis fought at the GPO in 1916 and was killed with the O'Rahilly on an assault on the Rotunda while Daniel Scanlon lost his life in Ballybunion in 1917 while on active duty against occupied forces.
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stephen Kelleghan added further Shortis family information:
"There was also a Dr. Liam Shortis from Ballybunion was in Tintown during the Civil war as a Republican prisoner, hes mentioned in Mossie Harnetts book called "Victory & Woe" page 156, he was a brother of Patrick Shortis, he was released in 1924 became a eye specialist and passed away in the 50s."

Really delighted that slimdandy was inspired to apply his artistic skills to this photo. He said:
"This is what Heaven is to me. A dry goods store (because I can't take anything with me when I go), with a Bar in the back and a nice room upstairs. All needs met."

Date: Circa 1901

NLI Ref.: L_ROY_06701

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    XPAT-Polska

    • 05/May/2012 16:26:41

    Great ghostlike image.

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    SolitudeWays.

    • 05/May/2012 16:29:43

    Meravigliosa!

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    Abaraphobia

    • 05/May/2012 16:31:04

    This looks so perfect, it's almost unreal!?

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    adjoining cushion

    • 05/May/2012 16:56:04

    The building in modern times... www.flickr.com/photos/radioman/3060613904/

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    adjoining cushion

    • 05/May/2012 16:57:32

    And a similar view ... www.flickr.com/photos/radioman/3059777149/

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    zippo22

    • 05/May/2012 17:14:23

    @ 3.1415926535, it's good to see the same name over the door.

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    DannyM8

    • 05/May/2012 17:45:58

    Tragic Shortis Family Events 1901 Census Shows William Shortis as head of the family together with Annie his wife, both 32 years. The Census of 1911 sees them replaced by Nora and Mary Brown sisters and Aunts to the Shortis children. Annie Died in Childbirth 1905 (June 1st) William Shortis, Born: 1869, From Carrick on Suir, Co Tipperary, Married to Annie Browne Died: 1905 (Nov 12th), 'Died of 'Broken heart', leaving 5 children with no parents. Occupation: Manager of Lartige railway. Exported Cashen salmon to Harrods in London, England. Reference: He built Shorti's bar and lodge in Ballybunnion, Co Kerry In 1911 Patrick Was at All Hallows Drumcondra as per the census. Patrick Shortis and Daniel Scanlon both lost their lives in the fight for independence and were honoured by the North Kerry branch of Republican Sinn Fein. Patrick Shortis fought at the GPO in 1916 and was killed with the O'Rahilly on an assault on the Rotunda while Daniel Scanlon lost his life in Ballybunion in 1917 while on active duty against occupied forces. From www.findagrave.com Street View

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 05/May/2012 17:53:53

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/radioman Thanks a million! Have you any memory of what the commemorative plaque on the front wall is all about?

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    Slimdandy

    • 05/May/2012 18:01:48

    I love this!

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    eyelightfilms

    • 05/May/2012 18:31:15

    The upstairs windows have all been opened exactly the same amount.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 05/May/2012 18:36:27

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/slimdandy On red alert here, Bob! Is it inspiring your artistic tendencies? :)

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    DannyM8

    • 05/May/2012 18:57:07

    Shortis Patrick Irish Vlunteers, Killed in Action, was a Volunteer with the Second Battalion F Company Irish Volunteers. He was aged 23 and was killed on Moor Street on the 28th of April 1916. At 18 years of age he was studying for the priesthood at All-Hallows College, Drumcondra which specialized in training priests for the missions, All-Hollows sent many missionaries to Australia. I have found no records to indicate he finished his training and he is not recorded by the Irish Republican Causalities Committee as being a priest when he died. From irishmedals.org/gpage41.html Patrick Shortis, Ballybunnion, County Kerry, was 26 years (This is Incorrect he was 23 DannyM8) of age and a native ofBallybunion. Took B.A. Degree in National University. Passed Wireless Examination in London, but did not get certificates owing to his views on Ireland. He remained in London, where he was an active member of the Volunteers. He returned to Dublin a few months before the Rising. He was killed in action near the G.P.O. on 28th April. He is buried in the 1916 Plot in St Paul’s, Glasnevin From National Graves Association

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    Flapweb

    • 06/May/2012 02:49:24

    There is nothing better in Ireland than the combination shop and bar, a tradition that lives on today!

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    Ismael Barrera - DIGISNAPSTUDIO

    • 06/May/2012 04:41:19

    Very lovely.

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    Slimdandy

    • 06/May/2012 05:22:32

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/ A little something is in the works.

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    richard39a

    • 06/May/2012 08:31:44

    Yet another wonderful window into the past. I remember shops like this owned by people who knew the trade inside out, though without the bar, in Loughborough where I was born. Sadly they are nearly all gone now and replaced by faceless, characterless supermarkets or megastores full of disinterested staff. Thank you for this post.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/May/2012 11:02:25

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/slimdandy We'll await developments so...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/May/2012 11:04:15

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] You're very welcome, Richard. I think undertaking (funerals) used often be part of these combination businesses in Ireland. Was it the same in Loughborough, or would that have been before your time?

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    anthony1928 (Have A Great Day)

    • 06/May/2012 11:04:47

    Nice image and capture.

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    TomFahy.com

    • 06/May/2012 13:02:42

    There's something very clean, almost modern, about this self-contained building. It's confident, yet understated, style; the uniformly open windows, the neat bundles of wares; the fine day. All captured in subtle monochrome tones. Wonderful photograph!

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    Slimdandy

    • 07/May/2012 06:14:00

    Heaven This is what Heaven is to me. A dry goods store( because I can't take anything with me when I go), with a Bar in the back and a nice room upstairs. All needs met.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 07/May/2012 19:53:41

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/slimdandy Love this, Bob! Left a comment on your own stream. Thanks a million.

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    kennelly2012

    • 12/May/2012 22:18:06

    That building is still standing in Ballybunion, the exterior is still the same, it's now a public house and restaurant.

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    Stephen Kelleghan

    • 16/May/2012 18:22:53

    There was also a Dr.Liam Shortis from Ballybunion was in Tintown during the Civil war as a Republican prisoner, hes mentioned in Mossie Harnetts book called "Victory & Woe" page 156, he was a brother of Patrick Shortis, he was released in 1924 became a eye specialist and passed away in the 50s.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/May/2012 19:56:06

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] So sorry to have missed your comment in the general flurry. Thank you!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/May/2012 19:57:37

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] That's excellent, thank you very much. Have added to description above. And please excuse my ignorance, but what and where was Tintown?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/May/2012 11:56:09

    Tintown was an internment camp for Republican prisoners at the Curragh.

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    John Spooner

    • 08/Oct/2012 11:27:15

    I'm busy catching up here. In 1900 Wm Shortis of Ballybunion had harsh words for the Board of Works in a letter to Freeman's

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    autoguideindia

    • 09/Oct/2012 07:10:28

    Awesome! I have no word about this image. Don't believe, that is Bar?

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    petrapig

    • 24/Jan/2013 21:47:40

    Really enjoyed this page many thanks for the details

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 26/Jan/2013 20:41:44

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] You're very welcome.

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    flippant development

    • 06/Oct/2013 05:54:37

    Strange the things you find when you goolge your own name. I'm William Shortis, 51, living in Wellington New Zealand after emigrating when I was 6. For me the shop and bar could only be made better if it backed on to the Shortis brewery. But I guess you can't have everything.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 20/Aug/2015 19:20:34

    I have just added this photo to our 50,000+ Views Album https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/sets/72157651136879037

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Jan/2016 14:46:11

    The NIAH dates the building to 1890, and it looks very new here...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Apr/2019 07:45:05

    Confirmation of the death of Annie Shortis, 7 June 1905, of a pulmonary embolism, and William, 12 November 1905, of a cardiac aneurism.