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April 23, 1915

In a fine example of "You can't keep a good company down", here is Hearne's temporary new shop on the quayside in Waterford, in business exactly 3 weeks after a devastating fire on Friday, 2 April.


The Great Fire Salvage Sale was for 4 days only, and began on the day this photo was taken.


The boat behind Hearne's shop has been identified by ofarrl as the Portlairge, a steam dredger known around Waterford as the Mudboat:

"Built in 1907 by the Dublin Dockyard Co. she was the last working steamship in Ireland when she was retired in 1980."

Meanwhile Niall McAuley found the Portlairge at its new home in Saltmills, Co. Wexford.


Date: Friday, 23 April 1915


NLI Ref.: P_WP_2607

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