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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SS Granuaile--between 1895-1915 was operated by the Congested Districts Board
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;For her letter Mary won one of the 3 "Granny's Hampers" awarded that week for the best letters.
Mr French was upstairs in the Royal Valentia Hotel - see streetview - firstname.lastname@example.org,-10.2876545,3a,75y,80.... Not sure if these are earlier or later - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000041644 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000320504 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000333259
Amazing number (31) of "Valentia Hotel" photos inside and outside in the NLI catalogue - catalogue.nli.ie/Search/Results?lookfor=valentia+hotel&am...
There seems to have been an inclination at one time for using T for the town/port and C for the island.(Shields Daily News - Saturday 22 July 1939) (Hampshire Advertiser - Saturday 18 August 1906) (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 (Kerry Evening Post. - Wednesday 11 April 1906)
That is a lovely image. Fantastic information too.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Per wikipedia, the Granuaile was built in 1895, and renamed Ulrica in 1916.
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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