Blackadder Hotel, Ballynahinch, Co. Galway

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Blackadder Hotel? Who would have thought that Blackadder would have gone forth from West Galway and from such a beautiful setting. This is up there with the most scenic Lawrence photographs we have seen.

With thanks today to sharon.corbet, B-59, beachcomber, and guliolopez we have been able to map this image to the Angler's Return Hotel near Toombeola, County Galway. We also learned that Walter Blackadder (innkeeper and head of the Ballynahinch trout and salmon fishery) was well known in fishing and game circles in that part of the world for some years. The consensus is that this image is unlikely to be before 1895 (when Blackadder possibly took-over as both local innkeeper and gamekeeper)....

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: c.1865-1914 (though possibly after 1895)

NLI Ref: L_CAB_06995

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    • 25/Aug/2016 08:01:07

    The Hotel is still there as the Angler's Rest. (Streetview.)

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    • 25/Aug/2016 08:15:15

    The Anglers Return

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    • 25/Aug/2016 09:24:45

    A snippet from a book 'Connemara: Listening to the Wind' by Tim Robinson -

    ...Some time before 1847 John Robertson built a fishery cottage by the road near Wine Island, and this soon became a hotel: 'He thus avoids the expensive luxury of Irish hospitality in which "the Martins" used so freely to indulge,' as Scott sarcastically noted. Under Robertson's successor it was known as the Angler's Hotel, and was advertised as follows: Walter Blackadder, manager of the Ballynahinch fishery, having now Rebuilt and Refurbished the above hotel in Connemara for the accommodation of anglers and tourists, trusts by observing a good Cuisine, Wines, Cleanliness and the general comfort of visitors, that he may solicit a small share of their patronage, as the Hotel is beautifully situated for Salmon and Sea Trout fishing, Sea Bathing and Seal Shooting. The Galway and Clifden Railway, now in construction, to be opened next year, nearest station (Ballynahinch) within ten minutes' walk of the Hotel. After the coming of the railway in 1895, and in particular during the First World War, the fishery prospered. ....
    From - So post 1895 ?

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    • 25/Aug/2016 12:45:22

    that is a nice photo

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    • 25/Aug/2016 15:01:57

    According to this extract from the Royal Commission on Irish Inland Fisheries, Blackadder may have left by 1900. Certainly no Blackadder appears in the 1901 census for County Galway. (In fact, there are only a half-dozen Blackadder families in the entire country for the 1901 census. Most in Dublin or Antrim...) It doesn't push down the upper-date however, as it seems likely it was still called "Blackadders" for some period after. (In the Fisheries Commission report one of those giving evidence refers to it as "Blackadders" even though - in the same page of evidence - Blackadder is acknowledged as having left...) To my eye, the attire of the man (poser?) in the boat would suggest early 1900s....

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    La Belle Province

    • 25/Aug/2016 21:22:02

    I love Mr. Blackadder's boating hat. You think he might've chosen a boater.

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    • 26/Aug/2016 06:33:17


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    rich lewis

    • 26/Aug/2016 07:55:01

    Great capture

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    domenico milella

    • 26/Aug/2016 08:35:56

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album.

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    Gopi Sutar

    • 26/Aug/2016 09:22:47


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    • 26/Aug/2016 09:24:13

    Congrats !!

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    • 26/Aug/2016 16:38:49

    Love these old photos -- thanks so much for posting!!

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    Toni P. Juan

    • 26/Aug/2016 18:16:14

    Very nice old capture!!! Congrats on Explore.

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    le cabri

    • 26/Aug/2016 19:57:14


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    • 26/Aug/2016 20:30:40