Halfway House at Gweedore in Co. Donegal

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Where: Donegal, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1890

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Even by the standards of the time this photograph is very posed, but I hope you will enjoy it nonetheless. And we may be able to find out something about Daniel Ferry while we're at it. Plus, if known colloquially as the Halfway House, where was it halfway between?

Our long-time contributor ccferrie reports as follows identifing all the people in the photo!!

"My cousin found the same photo in her attic but with a full description of who is in the photo (see link below)
Daniel Ferry, his wife Ellen (Nellie), their daughter Biddie and Michael Coyle of Arduns. The photo was taken in 1884 and this newspaper clipping appears to be from 1979, presumably from a (very) local paper by the way it mentions local names with such familiarity.



Photographer: Almost certainly Robert French of Lawrence Photographic Studios, Dublin

Date: Circa 1884

NLI Ref.: L_ROY_01372

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    DannyM8

    • 29/Nov/2013 08:56:36

    www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000656872/ here is a Daniel Ferry a publican and farmer in 1901 in Dunlewy, Donegal

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 29/Nov/2013 09:09:22

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Who could speak Irish and English, but couldn't read. Is Dunlewy near/part of Gweedore?

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    DannyM8

    • 29/Nov/2013 09:10:24

    www.ebay.ie/itm/GALLAHER-IRISH-VIEW-SCENERY-SCRIPT-133-HA... Image appeared on a Gallaghers Cigarette Card

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    DannyM8

    • 29/Nov/2013 09:10:46

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Yes - working on map

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 29/Nov/2013 09:12:00

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] That cigarette card is fantastic, Danny, thanks! They'd all been posed differently for it, and it says Dunlewey...

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    DannyM8

    • 29/Nov/2013 09:12:49

    maps.google.ie/maps?q=Dunlewey+Lough,+Donegal&hl=en&a... Somewhere around here.

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    billh35

    • 29/Nov/2013 09:13:19

    Don't look too hard - the place has its own Facebook page - www.facebook.com/pages/Dunlewey/207014656005299 And Dunlewey Lough is here: maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=dunlewy+donegal&ll=55.03786,...

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    DannyM8

    • 29/Nov/2013 09:15:36

    Lady could be Daniels wife Ellen?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 29/Nov/2013 09:21:55

    How about this house? NB chimneys and windows .... goo.gl/maps/EnAs4 Ed - and the mountain behind.

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    DannyM8

    • 29/Nov/2013 09:23:11

    And perhaps the young Rose Ferry later to be described as a barmaid in the 1901 census at 18 years????

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 29/Nov/2013 09:25:04

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Ellen would have been 45 in 1901. Could be. Despite her bare feet, I think her clothes are of a high quality? Unless of course, best bib and tucker for the photographer from Dublin?

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    DannyM8

    • 29/Nov/2013 09:28:11

    In 2007, pictures of some old cigarette cards were posted by Joseph Burns to the Photography Ireland forum. The cards were part of the "Irish View Scenery" collection issued by Gallaher Ltd. between 1908 and 1910. The complete set runs to 600 cards. Many of the featured photographs were taken by the great Robert John Welch, who was born in Strabane in 1859. R.J.Welch went on to become the official photographer for Harland & Wolff in Belfast, birthplace of the Titanic. Many of the other images were taken by photographers working for William Lawrence, a Dublin based photographer and studio owner. One of the most prolific of these photographers was Robert French who photographed over 30,000 Irish Views for the Lawrence Collection. Many of the Lawrence views can be seen at the The Lawrence Collection, a digital archive held by National Library of Ireland From The Gallaher Irish View Database - www.andymcinroy.com/gallaher.htm List of all cards here - with a view of most of them - www.andymcinroy.com/gallaher2/galindex.htm Andy McInroy is responsible for the database www.andymcinroy.com/index.html

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Nov/2013 09:28:27

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] That google map search is a bit off: here is Dunlewey Lough.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Nov/2013 09:30:29

    Dunlewy on the 1834 6". 25" fails us :(

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Nov/2013 09:37:17

    So, Errigal behind?

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    DannyM8

    • 29/Nov/2013 09:38:04

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/11114193024/ Here are the two posed photos together - obviously the same day Re date above database says the photos were cards were issued between 1908 and 1910??

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    DannyM8

    • 29/Nov/2013 09:49:06

    From the Gallagher database here is a view of the Dargle which is similar to one of our recent photos. www.andymcinroy.com/gallaher2/412.htm

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    DannyM8

    • 29/Nov/2013 10:39:30

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] Carol you have the "Gallagher Photo" here under Dunlewy catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000335304 L_CAB_04579

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 29/Nov/2013 10:46:29

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] So we do, thanks!

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    TEXASJOHN

    • 29/Nov/2013 15:47:45

    The photographer did a good job to get the little girl not to look at the camera!

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    Reconstructing Light

    • 29/Nov/2013 17:27:31

    Looks like a good spot to do Playboy of The Western World......

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Nov/2013 20:32:42

    If we had the 25", I bet twopence that we'd see this bar exactly here.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Nov/2013 20:39:37

    We often see children in bare feet, but it's not often we see adults with no shoes. And her feet look as dirty as the little girl's, so she probably didn't take them off to look more sure'n'begorrah.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 29/Nov/2013 21:45:52

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] It's deffo (when in Rome ... !) somewhere around there. How about a little to the west - are these the ruins of the outhouses to the right, and possibly the bar was demolished for the new road? - goo.gl/maps/F6vBM

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    Swordscookie

    • 29/Nov/2013 23:37:27

    I'm no expert in the field but I've never seen thatch so sparse on a roof! Normally there are several inches of thatch on a roof whereas here it looks very shallow, covered with netting and weighted down with stones. Nice choice Carol.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Nov/2013 18:24:37

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia I like it!

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    criskemita

    • 02/Dec/2013 11:05:16

    Lindo!

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    davidcreason72

    • 22/Feb/2015 07:37:58

    What, drive up service? The bare foot barmaid has poured him half a pint and the bar keep feeds the horse! Did you also notice the little girl is also bare foot?

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    ccferrie

    • 02/Oct/2015 15:48:29

    My cousin found the same photo in her attic but with a full description of who is in the photo www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/21877675362/in/datetaken/ Daniel Ferry, his wife Ellen (Nellie), their daughter Biddie and Michael Coyle of Arduns. The photo was taken in 1884 and this newspaper clipping appears to be from 1979, presumably from a (very) local paper by the way it mentions local names with such familiarity.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/Oct/2015 18:49:02

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Ciaran, how fantastic. You obviously know how much we like to identify the people in our photos, it is fair to say that we are delighted with your comment. I think the "People Identified Fez" will be worn with glee for the next week or two. The link is not working perhaps you can update it. Well done. I will update the tags in the next few minutes.

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    ccferrie

    • 02/Oct/2015 20:06:51

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Apologies, I had the viewing setting on private - you should be able to see it now.

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    ccferrie

    • 02/Oct/2015 20:10:46

    Biddie (Bridget) Ferry was 20 years old in the 1901 census www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Donegal/Dunlewy... so must have been about 4 or 5 in this photo

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    ccferrie

    • 02/Oct/2015 20:12:56

    And here she is in 1911 as Bridget Gallagher www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Donegal/Dunlewy... somehow having gained only eight years in age in the intervening ten years!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 22/Oct/2015 18:26:42

    I have just added this photo to our 50,000+ Views Album https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/sets/72157651136879037

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    jamica1

    • 05/Dec/2018 20:47:30

    How about this one www.flickr.com/photos/royalaustralianhistoricalsociety/33...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 19/May/2020 09:29:24

    I have a strong suspicion that the dapper fellow in the Gweedore Hotel car is our old favourite Mr Jaunty. Which means that a large number of other 'Jaunty' photos might also be dated to 1884. Or not?