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cork, ireland,1905

Cornmarket St/the Coal Quay Market inscription under the photo refers to the Vendors Market Day at the Irish Market Cork. This open air market was called the Irish market; the indoor market on Grand Parade was, and still is, called the English Market.

The men's ward. The Workhouse in St Pancras, London: Middlesex - I am not surprised disease was rife, the beds are crammed in and sanitary arrangements were at best basic.

The Workhouse in St Pancras, London: Middlesex - I am not surprised disease was rife, the beds are crammed in and sanitary arrangements were at best basic.

Claregalway Friary, Co. Galway, Ireland

The ruins of Claregalway Abbey, Co. This Franciscan Friary was founded in the early century, probably by John De Cogan who was a Anglo-Norman lord.

Flax Hackling, Belfast Ireland, 1905.  The website for this photo is a treasure trove of information on the history of flax farming, production, spinning and weaving.

Flax Hackling, Belfast Ireland, The website for this photo is a treasure trove of information on the history of flax farming, production, spinning and weaving.

Queuing outside the Workhouse. Some people were only looking for a nights lodgings in the casual ward, (probably hoping to earn enough money for tomorrow's doss when they were released, after completing the work set for them in return for their bed).

The Workhouse often evokes the grim Victorian world of Oliver Twist, but its story is a fascinating mix of social history, politics, economics and architecture

Christmas Day in the children’s ward of Belfast Workhouse, ca. 1906. Note the gloomy Santa Claus. #Irish History

Christmas Day in the children’s ward of Belfast Workhouse, ca. Note the gloomy Santa Claus.

The Wash House (Sir William Orpen, 1878-1931 R.A., R.H.A. - )

William Orpen (Irish Painter, The Wash House William Newenham Montague Orpen was an Irish portrait painter.

This was Kathleen Hicks in 1908, a textile celebrity of her day since winning the Junior Spinning Championships of Ireland that year. She travelled to the Franco-British Exhibition along with other famous craft and industry workers from Ireland. #ireland #textile #history #irish #spinning

This was Kathleen Hicks in a textile celebrity of her day since winning the Junior Spinning Championships of Ireland that year. She travelled to the Franco-British Exhibition along with other famous craft and industry workers from Ireland.