Mansion near Navan, Co. Meath - is the Loreto Convent

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Where: Convent Rd, Athlumney, Co. Meath, Ireland

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Today we have a large institutional looking mansion in Navan, Co, Meath. Very quickly sharon.corbet proposed (and others concretely corroborated) that the "mansion" is St Michael's Loreto Convent. It seems like all roads lead to Navan in recent days...


Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: Between 1900 - 1939

NLI Ref: EAS_3227

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Dé Domhnaigh 15 Samhain - 8:00PM - Tríd an Lionsa - EIPEASÓID 4
Scrúdaíonn an clár faisnéise seo bailiúcháin grianghrafanna agus tá 7 ngrianghraf stereo i mbailiúchán na 'Gap Girls' a tógadh idir 1860 -1880. Portráidí de mhná a bhíodh ag díol poitín le turasóirí i mBearna na Choimín i gCill Áirne is ea iad agus tá siad mar chuid de bhailichán Lawrence sa Chartlann Náisiúnta Grianghrafadóireachta. Tógadh iad in aghaidh cloich, gan aon radharc ar áilleacht an cheantair. Meastú an grianghrafanna faisnéise sóisialta ab ea iad, nó ar léirigh siad dearcadh na vaictóriánaigh ar speiceas andúchasach na mná áitiúla ag an am? Curtha i láthair ag Pádraic Ó Neachtain.

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    derangedlemur

    • 05/Nov/2015 08:55:07

    This looks familiar. Either I've been there or we had it before.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 05/Nov/2015 09:05:05

    Is it the other side of the Loreto Convent?

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    derangedlemur

    • 05/Nov/2015 09:16:36

    It certainly looks like it, and it doesn't appear to be any of the other big houses byside the Boyne or the BlackWater out as far as Trim, Kells or Slane. I'm assuming the slope on the garden means it's beside a river - where else would you put a mansion?

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    O Mac

    • 05/Nov/2015 09:20:55

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I think you're right. A banded slate roof is mentiond in NIAH description. www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?type=record&...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 05/Nov/2015 09:25:41

    The Angels Dormitory (NB windows) - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/isabel_maree/5937919458]

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    sharon.corbet

    • 05/Nov/2015 09:26:59

    The outline in the 25" OSI Map seems to match too, as do the paths in the foreground.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Nov/2015 09:56:24

    Bing aerial view shows that it has been extended a lot since this image.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Nov/2015 09:59:19

    Many additions were from 1929, per the DIA

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Nov/2015 10:02:02

    In another entry, the DIA sasys of the 1901 New building: Was this executed or was it simply alts to existing house? See Casey & Rowan. From this image, it looks as if the part at left was originally a big house, and then the school was added, but maybe thy built it that way from the start (House for the nuns, school for the children?) The windows are different in the two parts, and the "house" doesn't have the banded roof, suggesting they were build seperately. The old house may have been replastered to match the new school? No house on this site on the OSI 6" from 1836. That 25" is from 1910.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 05/Nov/2015 10:03:12

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] The Chapel is the copper sheet roofed building to the back according to the NIAH. I don't know whether you should be able to see it in this image.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 05/Nov/2015 10:04:56

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] To confuse matters there was a second Loreto convent in Navan - St. Annes, which was only vacated in 1989.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Nov/2015 10:14:14

    Aha, the NIAH has the house as well, built 1840.

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    O Mac

    • 05/Nov/2015 11:23:17

    Can't see the convent for the trees....but the original house albeit sans chimneys is there..... Streetview.

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    guliolopez

    • 05/Nov/2015 14:13:28

    I don't have that much to add. But as [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] mentions, the Bing Aerial view would seem to fairly definitively confirm that this is the south-face of the convent in Navan. Looking north. From the lawn on the Convent Road side. And so the slope isn't to a watercourse. But the railway cutting.

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    derangedlemur

    • 05/Nov/2015 14:57:07

    It's a field on the 6" and a convent on the 25", so if it was ever a big house, it wasn't for long.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Nov/2015 18:53:42

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] A mere 60 years or so!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 05/Nov/2015 20:27:38

    Thanks all. As the conversation progressed today (and Sharon's suggested location was confirmed), I realised that we're only a few hundred feet (if even that) from a previous Eason shot from Navan. Below. Sometimes find it strange (but then also completely understandable) how we often get "clusters" of images on the map like this.... www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/16265239630/ Tags, description, etc all updated. And "location identified" bell rung furiously.

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 06/Nov/2015 03:48:03

    Is that a school for girls or a place where nuns live, for lack of a better way of describing it (in my mind anyway)?