It’s a fascinating glimpse into the past.
A rare piece of footage showing everyday scenes from Cork in 1902 has surfaced on Twitter, showing just how much the city has changed since the last century.
The grainy black and white clip, shared by the @IrishFamilyDetective Twitter account, shows a moving picture of the Cork and Muskerry Railway, which ran on a single line track to Blarney on one side of the road, the other reserved for pedestrians, until 1934.
Captured 117 years ago, the filmmaker was on board the train as it travelled though Leemount, Carrigrohane and down the Western Road.
The train chugs past horses and carts as curious locals go about their business, eventually crossing the bridge by what is now the River Lee Hotel.
The city tram can be spotted in the background en route to Sunday’s Well, along with vintage advertising for Sutton’s Coal.
Check it out here:
#Cork & #Muskerry Railway 1902 including #Leemount #Carrigrohane & Western Road with rail navigating the bridge by @RiverleeHotel (remnants of bridge visible on ucc side of the hotel) #LoveCork #PureCork Blarney pic.twitter.com/tc43AmbwGv
— IrishFamilyDetective (@Fiona_Forde_Irl) August 16, 2019
Look out for the train station master in his spiffing uniform and some sharply dressed gents.