9 men in front of ornate door, Trinity College, Dublin

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    Another from the Clonbrock collection today with a group of men outside a "grand" building with a pair of ornate and formidable doors behind them.

    As usual, sharon.corbet was very quick to identify the location - as the door to the museum building in Trinity College, Dublin.

    We do not have definitive confirmation of date or identity of the people pictured. However there are some fairly solid theories from Niall McAuley, sharon.corbet and derangedlemur. These suggest that, based on other pictures in the Clonbrock (Dillon family) collection, one of the extended Dillon family may have been at Trinity in the mid 1890s, and that those pictured here may be staff - rather than the students evident in other photos in the series.

    Thanks again to all for the intrepid sleuthing.

    Photographers: Dillon Family

    Collection: The Clonbrock photographic Collection

    Contributors: Luke Gerald Dillon, Augusta Caroline Dillon

    Date: 1860-1930 (though likely ~1890s)

    NLI Ref: CLON2135

    You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie

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    1. derangedlemur 43 months ago | reply

      The bowler hatted characters are a bit rough looking. I suspect them of being porters.

    2. derangedlemur 43 months ago | reply

      The other three photos are of the same group, none of whom appear here. This may the staff, and the other three are of the students.

    3. Niall McAuley 43 months ago | reply

      So, did one of the Dillons graduate from TCD?
      Luke Gerald Dillon, 4th Baron Clonbrock, graduated from Balliol, Oxford.
      Robert Dillon, 3rd Baron Clonbrock from Christchurch, Oxford.

      Hmm, too early: Morgan William Crofton1
      M, #325462, b. 27 June 1826, d. 13 May 1915, He graduated from Dublin University, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland, with a Master of Arts (M.A.).

    4. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 43 months ago | reply

      The IBM Personal Computer, commonly known as the IBM PC, is the original version and progenitor of the IBM PC compatible hardware platform. It is IBM model number 5150, and was introduced on August 12, 1981

      Can that actually be 34 years ago today - feeling very old.

    5. Niall McAuley 43 months ago | reply

      In the Clonbrock photos labelled Swiss 94 B. Oberland, there is a photo of a snowball fight in Trinity outside this same door looking West. The iron chains on Health And Safety spiked posts are still visible at the streetviews above, and the redbrick House 24 is distinctive.

      So evidently at least one Dillon was in Trinity in Winter 1894.

    6. BeachcomberAustralia 43 months ago | reply

      Pocket billiards. Don't pretend you didn't notice!

    7. sharon.corbet 43 months ago | reply

      derangedlemur It did seem to be the traditional photo for the engineering dept. photos (at least up to 1969.)

    8. sharon.corbet 43 months ago | reply

      Niall McAuley Also summer of 1895 - this photo is of Natural Philosophy George Francis Fitzgerald trying out his Lillienthal Glider:

      FitzGerald, in common with others at the end of the nineteenth century, became obsessed with the desire to fly. His attempts in College Park, Dublin, in 1895 involved large numbers of students pulling tow-ropes attached to the Lilienthal glider, and attracted the attention of the people of Dublin, beyond the Nassau Street railings. FitzGerald took off his coat on these occasions, but retained his top hat, which was normal headgear for a Fellow at that time.

    9. oaktree_brian_1976 43 months ago | reply

      BeachcomberAustralia Still pretty miserable-looking for a man "inspecting the goods"

    10. La Belle Province 43 months ago | reply

      Looking very natty, and the vested gent with his hands in his pockets knows it.

    11. en_la_bici 43 months ago | reply

      The title should be "9 well dressed men" =)

    12. monosnaps 43 months ago | reply

      Great quality to this image for its age great depth of sharpness.

    13. dorameulman 43 months ago | reply

      This is wonderful thanks for sharing.

    14. Σταύρος 41 months ago | reply

      That is neat 😊

    15. sharon.corbet 38 months ago | reply

      It's possible that these are related to the Meldon family rather than the Dillons and date from ca. 1910. Louis A. Meldon is in the 1911 census as being a student at TCD.

      See the discussion here for more about the Meldons:
      I really wanted a guitar!

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