Can You Help with the Naming of this Old Castleisland Gem

Paddy Hussey – in white shirt at his private house door – the pub door is on the right – is the only naming certainty in this photograph. Is there anyone out there who can name all or some of the people included and maybe throw in an estimation of when it was taken. From Timothy Murphy’s collection.

People involved in the subculture surrounding the arts, local history and its associated activities will know that photographer and photo collector, Timothy Murphy is currently involved in digitising a three or so decade long celluloid mountain of material from the 1970s on.

And the journey is a fascinating one during which days can turn into nights and night to mornings and so on as you discover and rediscover stuff you’ve already discovered years ago and forgotten you had at all.

Gems in the Collection

The pictured here is one of the gems in Timothy’s collection and, like many more in there, he’s hoping to enlist the help of all of us – the public – in giving the people in the picture their rightful names and titles.

It was taken outside Paddy Hussey’s Bar in Castleisland’s Latin Quarter on a Sunday afternoon – because ‘Sunday clothes’ were for Sundays and holy days of obligation only in the days from which this, probably one 60th of a second, image was plucked.

Moments in Time

Please do share the picture in the hope that we can all chip in and help name those frozen in that moment in time.

I have my own suspicions on a couple of the names in there but I’m not going to colour anyone’s judgement by expressing them.

There are no marks, points, pints or mediums for identifying the publican himself – in the white shirt at the door – but who are the others? Over to you.

Information and Wild Guesses Welcome

Information, guesses. wild or otherwise are all welcome. Anyone with any scrap of a name or a recollection is urged to pass it on through the comment boxes below – and there is more of this kind of gem of old Castleisland to come.

And, if you ever wondered what the saying ‘walking down the flags’ was all about, just take a look at the footpaths of the time.

May God be good to Breeda Brooks this week. Wouldn’t she just love to get her Barrack Street neighbourhood working on this.