Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
Looks like Markethill or maybe Slane. Definitely seems familiar.
Could it be Rathdrum Co. Wicklow?
There was a Barry's Hotel there, home to architect Thomas Lowey from 1914 to 1919 www.dia.ie/architects/view/3241
John Barry is listed as a shopkeeper in the 1911 census but he has 7 boarders so could have become a hotelier by 1915
and Owen Jones Comerford is listed as a Flour and Indian Meal Miller
The hotel isn't marked on the 1908 OS Map but that would fit with the 1911 census entry
This run of houses matches exactly with the photo above - it's gotta be Rathdrum.
Streetview: Comerford's on the right!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I think you got it. Well done!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Wow - I didn't spot that! There's continuity for you!
Yes, well done [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]]! The NIAH has an entry for Comerfords which references the doorway at right of this shot:
The entrance consists of a panelled timber door with four-pane rectangular fanlight all encased by slender engaged Tuscan-like columns and entablature with cornice.
Huzzah! Thanks a million all, and especially you http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] ... Rathdrum it is!
Lambretta Club of Ireland: Evening Herald, 7th April 1955. A most enjoyable run to Rathdrum via Kilmacanogue and Laragh last sunday. There were 22 members and 17 scooters, tea was at Barry's Hotel in Rathdrum.
So the Hotel does not give any help on a latest date. Since Comerford's is still there, it obviously doesn't!
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] Admiring the mega-zoomy-whatsit-thingumy for this photo on the NLI website - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000290423 . Is that new, or am I just slow?
The building just beyond the Hotel looks like a Post Office. The 1908 map shows the post office where the Hotel is in this shot. So the post office may have moved along the street when the Hotel was built.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley I think it must be - the signage, the group of people outside and the proximity to the 1908 location all point that way.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia You're not at all slow! It was unleashed on an unsuspecting world with no fanfare whatsoever only yesterday. I share an office with the boffiny genius behind it, and he's very pleased with the moniker mega-zoomy-whatsit-thingumy for it as Image Viewer is very boring! Perhaps we'll just shorten it to Mega-Zoomy?
Grand photo! Any chance of an O'Dea photo in the up coming weeks? ;)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I have one in the pipeline - not a train one, but a quirky mode of transport one...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Mega-Zoomy is good! Please inform the boffiny genius behind it that the tilt buttons (45, 90, 180 degrees) are particularly useful for Australian and New Zealand viewers! Thank you.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Boffiny genius says "You're welcome".
Megazoom is cool, much better than the little "printable version" that used to be visible in the archive.
I predict a great number of references to megazoomed versions of similar photos in future flickrooonie conversations!
Damn it. Called away and when I get back the fun is over.
Everyone stopped to check out the ladies walking up the hill.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley I think you might be right!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/eyelightfilms It was ever thus! :)
Great to still see Comerfords still there!
Just had a look at the Mega-Zoomy thingamajig and WOW, there's style for yah! Nice shot and well done to http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]
The clothing look more mid 20's early 30's, don't think it could be 1915 but i could be wrong!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I know what you mean about the clothes, but the bulk of this Fergus O'Connor Collection were taken between 1900 and 1920...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie Thanks a million, Sean, will pass on to our Boffiny Genius!
That zoomy thing really is brilliant, I think I've pre-identified several "unidentified" locations already, including a few in my old haunts on the Dodder river!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Which photo collections, Niall?
Only looking at it now. I have ridden that road on the bicycle a few years ago on a ride from Arklow to Glendalough and back while on holiday in Arklow.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Well Spotted...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland I was just clicking around to see how much of the archive had been megazoomified. So from this one, clicking on Similar Items I found OCO_25 which I knew, then OCO_125 which I knew, then OCO_121 ditto.
Looking at past Fergus O'Connors in the Flickr stream, I went to OCO_84 (Kilnap Viaduct) and from similar items, I found another at Kilnap (OCO_124) a Sandymount at OCO_338 a familiar church art OCO_138 another Dodder one at OCO_108.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Yes, well I tried it on a clatter of old Limerick photos to see if I could find my long lost fortune but to no avail as they've not been Zoomyed yet!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie :( Unfortunately it's going to be a long time before the Lawrence or Eason Collection are Mega-Zoomified!
Discrimation! That's what it is. It's not right nor proper.
The Mega-Zoom limerick
Whenever you start to assume
Old photos are just full of gloom -
A click on the site
Will shed a new light
With the Boffin's delight - M e g a - Z o o m !
http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Bualadh Bos! And has been shown to our Boffiny Genius... :D
http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie Is discrimation the same thing as discrimination? If so, I can only apologise on behalf of Library Towers! :D
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie Sean, that's you put in your place....
Hello, I have just seen this shot, i live in rathdrum, amazing to think that Comerforts shop on the right is still here, and still is a drapery shop, beside comerforts is Jacobs pub, Barrys hotel i remember my mam and dad talking about, the post ofice in Rathdrum is way the other side of town, not in this shot at all, unless back then the post office was here, the road at the center of shot in the distance is the road to Laragh / Glendalough , John
http://www.flickr.com/photos/svadee Hello John! Thanks a million for getting in touch. Always lovely to hear from a local, and if you should find out from any older residents about where the post office was back then, we'd be delighted to hear about it...
Maybe that premises across the road was just an ordinary shop at the time?
Hello, Yes, i have posted a link to this photo for somebody else to look at, on the left where the man with arms folded is, until recently was a bookies, and the where you think that post office is, is now a car show rooms, Is it possible all the people in the photo are waiting on a bus or something, i see a guy down the street heading that way, with a suitcase or something like that, maybe all the people waiting on a bus !! Just a thought , anyway, will be back with more, John
http://www.flickr.com/photos/svadee I suppose it's absolutely possible that there could have been a bus due. Thanks a lot for passing on the photo...