Valencia - Valentia? A storm in a tea-cup?

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Perhaps the spot with the most exotic name in Ireland Valencia/Valentia (which ever way you choose to spell it). It looks delightful in the sun, and suitably Mediteranean with the steamer berthed close by! The presence of the steamer will probably help with the dating of this shot(?)

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Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914. Definitely after 1895 (ship). Possibly after 1907 (distant buildings).

NLI Ref: L_CAB_03881

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    O Mac

    • 27/Oct/2017 07:53:41

    SS Granuaile--between 1895-1915 was operated by the Congested Districts Board

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    John Spooner

    • 27/Oct/2017 08:53:43

    In a letter to "Granny" published on The Childrens's Page of Weekly Irish Times on Saturday 30 June 1906, 14-year-old Mary Howe of Caherciveen writes of her family's outing to Valencia;

    A regatta is held every year in Valencia Harbour. There is always a great gathering of people and excitement at it. I, with the rest of our family, go to it every year and you may be quite sure that we come home pleased with our day’s outing. We had the pleasure of seeing the Secretary for Ireland at Reenard Point the other evening. He came in the steamer Granuaile. A large number of the townspeople came down and told him their wants. He came up from the point that evening in his motor car, and passed through the town.
    For her letter Mary won one of the 3 "Granny's Hampers" awarded that week for the best letters.

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    • 27/Oct/2017 09:08:55

    Mr French was upstairs in the Royal Valentia Hotel - see streetview -,-10.2876545,3a,75y,80.... Not sure if these are earlier or later -

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    • 27/Oct/2017 09:13:06

    Amazing number (31) of "Valentia Hotel" photos inside and outside in the NLI catalogue -

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    John Spooner

    • 27/Oct/2017 09:38:54

    There seems to have been an inclination at one time for using T for the town/port and C for the island.

    After the crew had been rescued by the Tenedos they were transferred to a local motor boat and landed at Valentia, Valencia Island.
    (Shields Daily News - Saturday 22 July 1939)
    Rev G L Swain. M.A, to the Rectory of Valentia, Valencia Island
    (Hampshire Advertiser - Saturday 18 August 1906)
    FLOWER SHOW AT VALENTIA: The first Flower Show ever held in Valencia Island ...
    (Kerry Evening Post. - Saturday 27 August 1892) Presumably the writers assume that because there are 2 spellings, each must refer to a different entity. But mostly they are randomly interchangeable
    RECREATION HALL FOR VALENTIA ISLAND. Last week a large and representative meeting of the people of Valencia Island
    (Kerry Evening Post. - Wednesday 11 April 1906)

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    • 27/Oct/2017 10:40:39

    That is a lovely image. Fantastic information too.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Oct/2017 05:09:37

    [[email protected]] Per wikipedia, the Granuaile was built in 1895, and renamed Ulrica in 1916.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Oct/2017 05:21:49

    Looking over at the railway and Quay opposite, i see more buildings than are on the 1907 25" at GeoHive, so I think we are after that date.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Oct/2017 10:18:18

    We are all laid back in Ireland today, celebrating our last public holiday before Christmas, if you would like to do some research for us please have a look at our less than 5 Comments Album, where I have added a few new entries for your perusal.