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Where: Kildare, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1910

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Our Joefuz asked to see more of Maynooth, so here's a nice view down Main Street, with a good capture of a quite modern looking M.P. O'Brien's shop, a Branch Depot of U.P. Stores - The People's Purveyors & Providers" - a lovely alliterative slogan...

Lovely juxtaposition of the horse and cart and car parked down the left hand side of the street, but a shame that the car registration no. is too blurry to make out!

Date: Circa 1910?? (but definitely before or during 1914)

NLI ref.: L_ROY_10066

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    John Spooner

    • 14/Jan/2013 09:57:33

    Are those ploughs on display on the kerbside outside what appears to be the hardware shop?

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    ccferrie

    • 14/Jan/2013 10:04:05

    Streetview EDIT: link fixed

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    robinparkes

    • 14/Jan/2013 10:16:24

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner Definitely shiny new single furrow ploughs just waiting for a buyer. I would say it's safe to assume they would be horse drawn.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Jan/2013 10:26:02

    I think O'Brien's is now the Roost Bar in streetview. Check the chimney pots on the left.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Jan/2013 10:29:48

    OS 25" link at GeoHive.

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    Swordscookie

    • 14/Jan/2013 10:41:00

    Somebody's been chewing on the dictionaries in Library Towers I see. Lovely shot but will have to come back later, now I've retired I don't have as much time:-)

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    ClickKen04

    • 14/Jan/2013 12:43:43

    I was a Sales rep in the early 80's Carol and I think O'Briens had a big supermarket in Maynooth which, if memory serves me well, was bought out by Quinnsworth. I may be wrong but they were local and had a huge range of stock in their store and were great to deal with, a 'family' ethic from my memory of the shop..

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    Joefuz

    • 14/Jan/2013 13:07:23

    Thanks for the Maynooth picture Carol! Very nice indeed. O'Briens is indeed now The Roost. The hardware shop looks to be where Dawson's is now. The grey stone building in the middle of the frame was the Leinster Arms and is now Mantra nightclub. It's marked as a hotel on the OSI 25" map. The young trees are presumably the same mature trees that are still on the street. You can just about see the gates to Carton Avenue at the other end of Main Street. The shop with the "Tea" sign outside it is around where Abrakebabra is now. The car looks to be parked outside where Supermacs is. Maximus and Mizzonis look to be just houses in this picture. (There are a lot of fast food places in Maynooth!) The Garda Station is just out of the frame on the right, and faces O'Briens. It's marked on the OSI map as Con. Bk, presumably Constabulary Barracks, so it's been doing the same job for a while! Not in the photo, but on the map, Manor Mills corn mill is where Manor Mills shopping centre is now (vaguely remember the mill before it was knocked for the shopping centre). Behind the men standing outside Mantra, it looks like another business premises on the corner. That would be Brady's today. i wonder was it Brady's then. It's surprising how little some parts of the street have changed.

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    Joefuz

    • 14/Jan/2013 13:53:04

    Can't find any O'briens as shop keepers in the census. I did find one chap who's occupation is listed as "Car owner". I wonder did it pay well? Age is listed as 21, so I wonder was he Maynooth's first "boy racer"? There's an Annie Higgins who is listed as "Police Sergeants wife". There is a retired Garda sergeant living in the town having served in the town and his name is Higgins. I wonder is she an ancestor of his?

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    PaganTree

    • 14/Jan/2013 22:36:34

    Great!

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 16/Jan/2013 03:51:30

    What is/were "U.P. Stores - The People's Purveyors & Providers" ? A chain of stores?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 20/Jan/2013 16:37:07

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/photoken04 Lovely to hear that about O'Brien's, Ken: "great to deal with, a 'family' ethic from my memory of the shop"!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 20/Jan/2013 16:41:13

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/joefuz You're very welcome! Ask, and ye shall receive. Thank you for all of the local information. I've added it into our tags as well...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 20/Jan/2013 16:42:24

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I haven't been able to find anything on U.P. Stores at all, sorry!