This photograph was originally taken c.1870, and was given to us by the National Library. It is probably the earliest photographic image we have of the Weir Fall, and of the Waterside. You may be able to make out the trees which have just been planted.
To the left of the house on the left, you can just about see the tops of the houses on Bohermore, and to the right of that house, in the distance is the back of the County Infirmary, later the County Buildings.
The house on the left was later occupied by Horgans, and behind it was Dooley?s yard. The house on the opposite corner belonged to Lallys and later to Cookes. Right of that was Lydons, and to the right again was Corrib Castle. This was later occupied by the O?Connor family. Out of picture, on the right, were some large sheds which were at one time a grainstore. In fact Corrib Castle may also have been used as a grainstore as there was a large furnace there when the O?Connor family moved in. The castle was at one time owned by James G. Alcorn of Corrundulla.
Most of the buildings in the photograph were at one time part of the Erasmus Smith Estate, which amounted in County Galway to 1400 acres, and included mills, houses and plots in Newtownsmith, Waterside, Francis Street and Eglinton Street.
On the 1651 map of Galway, this area was known as St. Stephens Island ? where the Abbey, the Courthouse, the Convent and the Town Hall now stand. It was cut off from the mainland by the Little Bridge River. On the 1691 map, it is shown as Ship Island. Both names are now obsolete.
The above information all comes for ?The History of Saint Francis Parish? by Mary Naughton.
A couple of weeks ago, we gave you a literary quiz. We obviously made it far too difficult judging from the quality of, and the lack of responses we received. Next time, we will make it easier. These are the answers to the questions, and the identities of those in the photographs:
1)St. Josephs Avenue 2)W.B. Yeats 3)The Scatterin 4)St. Raphaels Loughera 5)Nora Barnacle, because her young lover had died 6)The Playboy of the Western World 7)Máirtín Ó Direáin 8) Raftery 9)Desmond Hogan 10)Were the Imperial Hotel is today 11)The Queen of Connemara 12)Dick Byrne 13)Tom Murphy & Noel O Donoghue 14)The New Cemetery 15)Liz Sin I Gcathú 16)Ken Bruen 17)?From scenes I roamed a boy? 18) M.J. Molloy 19)Liam & Tom O?Flaherty 20)Renvyle 21)Bank of Ireland, No. 43 22) Pat O?Shea 23)Caitlín Maude 24)Dominick Street 25)28 August 1928 26)Donal Mac Amhlaigh 27)Some Galway Memories 28)The Dark 29)Edward Martyn 30)Athenry 31)Kevin Brophy 32)Buttermilk Lane 33)Jerome Fahey 34)Anne Henning Jocelyn 35) Kevin Faller 36)Roderick O?Flaherty 37)The Mercy Convent 38)Pádraig De Brún 39)Athenry 40)Rain on the Wind 41)The Count De Basterot 42)Publishing 43)Eilis Dillon 44)Rita Ann Higgins 45)Kinvara 46)The Catholic, the Protestant, the Jew, the Presbyterian 47)The Magdalen Laundry 48)Moytura 49)Persse 50)Tomás Ban and Helena Concannon
The photographs were 1A)Eilis Dillon 2A)Gerald Hayes McCoy 3A)Máirtin Ó Direáin 4A)M.J. Molloy