Former home of Sean O’Casey at 18 Abercorn Road, Dublin

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Main Creator: Wiltshire, Elinor, 1918-2017, photographer
In Collection: The Wiltshire Photographic Collection
Format: Photo
Published / Created: Circa 1970
Notes:This photograph was an 'Unidentified Photograph from the Wiltshire Photographic Collection'. Our Flickr community identified the location as 18 Abercorn Road, East Wall, Dublin - former home of writer and playwright Sean O'Casey. They also established the date as circa 1970. Maureen O'Sullivan T.D. identified all of the children. They are, left to right, Catherine Byrne, Helen Boyle, Rose Byrne, Elaine Kane, Imelda Redmond, and Ann Byrne. The boys are the Ryan Twins.

Featured in the National Library of Ireland's "Photo Detectives" exhibition at the National Photographic Archive, Dublin, 2017-2018.

Additional information about this photograph is available on the National Library of Ireland's Flickr Commons photostream http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/16513315855

Physical description: 1 photographic negative film 6 x 6 cm.

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We asked a local politician Maureen O'Sullivan TD to help with this photo and I am happy to report that she has Identified all the kids for us. From left to right we have - Catherine Byrne, Helen Boyle, Rose Byrne, Elaine Kane, Imelda Redmond and Ann Byrne. The boys are either the Ryan or the Staunton twins. The photo was taken around 1970. Ringing the people identified and date established bells now!
Sharon Corbet quickly identified the location as 18 Abercom Road in East Wall, Dublin, former home of Sean O'Casey and his family in the early 1900's - so that means we get to ring our special hat trick bell - location identified also!
Apropos of nothing at all this is photograph number 1,400 on the stream.
Photographer: Elinor Wiltshire
Date: Around 1970
NLI Ref.: WIL 73
You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie

Comments

sharon.corbet
Could it be the same doorway as the one entitled 18 Abercorn Rd., the home of Sean O'Casey"?
Posted: 20.02.2015  
 
ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/129555378@N07] Definitely the same knockers!
Posted: 20.02.2015  
 
DannyM8
Census 1911 Seághan Ó Cathasaigh or Sean O'Casey at the house.
Posted: 20.02.2015  
 
DannyM8
Census 1901 John Casey - Junior delivery clerk (Sean O'Casey)
Posted: 20.02.2015  
 
derangedlemur
18 round, 19 square: Could well be: www.google.ie/maps/place/Abercorn+Rd,+Dublin/@53.350857,-...
Posted: 20.02.2015  
 
Niall McAuley
@129555378@N07 Yes, I think the combination of the number, the knocker and the beading on the door says it is the same house. Well done!
Posted: 20.02.2015  
 
Niall McAuley
The two lads in shorts must be brothers - they are wearing the very same shoes and socks, and possibly the very same shorts, shirt and jumper, too.
Posted: 20.02.2015  
 
 
DannyM8
Is the Shadow of a Gunman?
Posted: 20.02.2015  
 
DannyM8
There is something tied to the right ankle of the girl on the right? Part of a game?
Posted: 20.02.2015  
 
National Library of Ireland on The Commons
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Are you being rude?
Posted: 20.02.2015  
 
ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] Me? Never! Who was this Sean O'Casey, and why so many photos of his house? catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000049559 Btw the records for the other photos say "published 1969".
Posted: 20.02.2015  
 
sharon.corbet
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] He was a playwright.
Posted: 20.02.2015  
 
ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/129555378@N07] Thank you - I watched the mentioned 1965 MGM biopic 'Young Cassidy' on YouTube this rainy afternoon - youtu.be/2ulEvJPot0k - no sign of this house ...
Posted: 21.02.2015  
 
oaktree_brian_1976
knee socks, has to be 1960's or 1970's
Posted: 23.02.2015  
 
guliolopez
Loving this photo. A friend of mine lived a few doors down when first moved to Dublin. Our youngest was in child-care a few streets over, and the "minders" were local (for a few generations), so wonder if any of the ladies might know someone (will see). Also, as Niall notes, not only do those two lads have to be brothers, but the girl in the centre looks to be related as well. Might make it easier to place.
Posted: 24.02.2015  
 
Maureen McTea
Those very short hemlines, the one young lady's pants, and the striped tube socks indicate the time period is the 1970s.
Posted: 26.02.2015  
 
National Library of Ireland on The Commons
We asked a local politician Maureen O'Sullivan TD to help with this photo and I am happy to report that she has Identified all the children for us. From left to right we have - Catherine Byrne, Helen Boyle, Rose Byrne, Elaine Kane, Imelda Redmond and Ann Byrne. The boys are the Ryan Twins.
Posted: 30.03.2015  
 
Niall McAuley
Result! Well done.
Posted: 30.03.2015  
 
guliolopez
Excellent well done indeed!
Posted: 30.03.2015  
 
staunton.jb
__the twins are Michael and John Staunton. Yes, it looks like 1970 is a good guess; they would have been 5.
Posted: 10.01.2019  
 
grumpyoldmatelot
Just spoke to a Byrne sister who informed me = "Rose" Byrne should read "Roisin" she is now Roisin Byrne Mockler alive and well. And "Ann" Byrne should read "Jane" Byrne.
Posted: 03.03.2021