"Hole in the Wall", Phoenix Park, Dublin City, Co. Dublin

Download this image

More from this collection

Related by When

Related by Where

Research Help!

Where: Dublin, , Ireland

Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.

When: Unknown

Try to find the date or year when this image was made.
A fine Lawrence shot of a fine Dublin establishment.

The Blackhorse Tavern AKA "The Hole in the Wall" pub on Blackhorse Avenue. The late President Sean T. O'Kelly was reputed to slip out of the nearby Áras for a bottle of stout.

With thanks to everyone for their contributions, we learned today how the pub got it's nickname, the publican(s) that made it what it is, that it is Dublin's "longest pub", and a little about the coin-operated machines out front...


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: between ca. 1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_CAB_08937

You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie

Info:

Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
Views: 23314
robertfrench williamlawrence lawrencecollection lawrencephotographicstudio glassnegative nationallibraryofireland phoenixpark holeinthewall pub blackhorsetavern dublin nancyhands doyle blackhorseavenue livinusdoyle publican lawrencephotographcollection

Add Tags
  • profile

    sharon.corbet

    • 02/Mar/2016 08:15:51

    OSI Map. Livinius Doyle, publican in the 1911 census.

  • profile

    sharon.corbet

    • 02/Mar/2016 08:22:23

    The Sweetmeat Automatic Delivery Company was set up in 1887.

  • profile

    B-59

    • 02/Mar/2016 08:22:56

    Streetview: goo.gl/maps/USoskpRuP7v

  • profile

    O Mac

    • 02/Mar/2016 09:14:36

    Ah ! The original Nancy Hands.

  • profile

    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 02/Mar/2016 09:19:40

    "The longest pub in Ireland ... " - youtu.be/YQ-HW2_ZHZM

  • profile

    nasse~strasse

    • 02/Mar/2016 09:23:24

    What a beauty..

  • profile

    DannyM8

    • 02/Mar/2016 10:02:00

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/25435418765/in/dateposted/ Lease for sale + other lands and premises 17th Nov 1908

  • profile

    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 02/Mar/2016 10:04:06

    There is also a Black Horse Tavern in Dublin, Ohio, USA, which dates from 1842 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/7140221143

  • profile

    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 02/Mar/2016 10:29:15

    View from "the other side" with an odd-looking man in the turnstile, and a terrific semi-circular illustrated sign saying The Original Hole In The Wall - Nancy Hands - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000331623

  • profile

    AndyBrii

    • 02/Mar/2016 11:10:20

    A classic weighing machine: The Sweetmeat Automatic Delivery Co. 57, Townshend St Dublin. ‘Everitts Patent’ Weighing up to 20 stone. One Penny. (Read the high resolution image at catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000331624 ) Q. What's the other vending machine behind the pump?

  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Mar/2016 11:30:40

    I think it may be an early slot machine.

  • profile

    O Mac

    • 02/Mar/2016 12:04:58

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/angeljim46] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] It's a metal tape embosser for "printing" metal tags. One selected the letters/numbers etc with the lever on the dial then pulled another lever to press/emboss the letter onto a zinc strip. When finished composing another lever was pulled to cut the strip to length. There was such a machine outside Bray Station in the 60's. Easons used to sell a little machine called a Dymo that did the same thing on plastic strips. A modern version

  • profile

    John Spooner

    • 02/Mar/2016 16:55:23

    Livinius Doyle must have taken over the "Nancy Hands" on 29th July 1898, which is when Andrew J Keoch's Licenced Property Sales auctioned it (announced in Freemans on 25th July) . On 22nd August James Lawlor, Solicitor, announced in Freeman's that "in consequence of his recent purchase of 'Nancy Hands', Phoenix Park" Livinis sic Doyle had instructed him to auction The Rose Tavern, Emmet Road, Goldenbridge

  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Mar/2016 17:10:47

    Livinus Doyle in 1901, still in Ashtown, Castleknock I think Livinius is a mistranscription.

  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Mar/2016 17:14:40

    He sounds like he's an Eoin Colfer character!

  • profile

    sharon.corbet

    • 02/Mar/2016 18:06:01

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley I did see it as Levinus Doyle somewhere. (Which is not much better.)

  • profile

    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/Mar/2016 22:06:25

    Great stuff as usual - thanks all!

  • profile

    O Mac

    • 02/Mar/2016 22:15:46

    NIAH have recorded the turnstile. It dates from c. 1840

  • profile

    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 02/Mar/2016 22:52:33

    A black horse walks into a bar in Dublin and says to the barman, "Why the long pub?"

  • profile

    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 03/Mar/2016 00:21:31

    O Mac is right about the metal embosser. There was one in Dun Laoghaire too in the 60's. A must for travellers' luggage back in the day I suppose. I seem to recall all it took was 1d.

  • profile

    AndyBrii

    • 03/Mar/2016 00:37:29

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thanks about the metal embosser!

  • profile

    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 03/Mar/2016 12:39:38

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Groaaaaan!

  • profile

    O Mac

    • 31/Mar/2016 21:02:31

    There was another one of those embossing machines on the pavilion in Kingstown. catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000321502

  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 01/Apr/2016 08:55:02

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Good find!

  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Nov/2016 09:10:12

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Here it is: Town Hall, Kingstown

  • profile

    Thom's 1904

    • 20/Mar/2018 16:37:35

    Mentioned seven times in Finnegans Wake: goo.gl/kKfjRm (fweet.org)