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Weir on the River Dodder below Orwell Bridge | by National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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Weir on the River Dodder below Orwell Bridge

This snowy and icy scene from Rathgar in Dublin was also requested by Niall McAuley as he thinks he used to play around this area as a child.


Wondered if perhaps we'd be able to date this photo pretty accurately through accounts of harsh wintry weather between 1860 and 1883, and from the comments below, it looks relatively convincing that this snowy scene may have been captured circa January 1881.


Was delighted to see Rathgar Sawmills really clearly on the buildings in the background...


Date: Circa January 1881? (but almost certainly between 1878 and 1883 based on building evidence)


NLI Ref: STP_1086


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