Following on from yesterday's photo of Dillon Street in New Tipperary
, here's the Arcade built near the same location. Couldn't decide between the two images we have digitised, and as it gives us an end to end view of the Arcade, I decided to upload both - here's the view from the other end of the Arcade
Read through the comments below for the rather remarkable story behind this lovely, but short-lived structure. The short version is that this Arcade was built during Plan of Campaign protests (1880s/early 1890s), when protesting tenants paid landlords only what tenants considered fair rent. Arthur Smith-Barry, main landlord of (Old) Tipperary Town, was not happy with this. His evicted tenants moved to New Tipperary – made up of just a few streets and this Arcade – all built from funds raised in Australia and America.
In the end, Smith-Barry defeated his former tenants, and
sadly, this Arcade was demolished at 4 a.m. on 11 August 1892.
Photographer: Robert French
Collection: Lawrence Photographic Collection
Date: Circa 1890 (definitely before 11 August 1892)
NLI Ref.: L_ROY_02571
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons