"Scene near Rathfarnham, Dublin" - is Grange Golf Club

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We are off to the leafy suburbs of South Dublin today courtesy of the Eason collection. I am fully expecting that we can identify the location, the names of the 3 men, the make and model of the fancy motor car and finally the date on which this photo was taken!

With usual aplomb (we're barely surprised any more), today's contributors established that this is almost certainly Grange Golf Club in Rathfarnham, most likely captured in the mid-1930s (probably after the new club house opened in 1935), and the car pictured possibly a mid-1930s Morris Motors automobile....


Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: Between ca. 1900-1939 (possibly mid-1930s)

NLI Ref: EAS_1906

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    BultacoFan

    • 12/Oct/2016 07:34:35

    The height of the car's headlights suggests a date of at least, let's say, 1925. I'm going to suggest it might be a medium-large Morris, perhaps a Ten Four.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 12/Oct/2016 07:43:25

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/bultacofan thank you.

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    O Mac

    • 12/Oct/2016 08:26:04

    I see golf clubs.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 12/Oct/2016 08:49:21

    There are a few options in Rathfarnham if it is golf? https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 12/Oct/2016 09:18:37

    Similar white 5-rail iron fence at Rathfarnham Golf Club in 1936 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000601331 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000601330

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 12/Oct/2016 09:21:45

    Morris Ten earliest 1932 - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_Ten Not 100% convinced as they had wire wheels ...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 12/Oct/2016 09:46:51

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia If it is Rathfarnham Golf Club, I know that they used to be beside the Dodder river but there is a shopping center on that site now. The club moved to a new course a few miles away. I would think the move was late 1960's or early 1970's.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Oct/2016 09:54:34

    If this is the golf course by the Dodder, then here is the 25" map: maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,714118,728921,11,9, but the trees look wrong...

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    DannyM8

    • 12/Oct/2016 10:01:13

    I am thinking it could be The Grange Golf Club

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    DannyM8

    • 12/Oct/2016 10:25:42

    historicalpicturearchive.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Q... Could be right? There are not many photos of the old Club House on the Web! A better view historicalpicturearchive.com/product/grange-golf-club-rat... I think it is the same photo as ours?

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    DannyM8

    • 12/Oct/2016 10:38:44

    catalogue.nli.ie/Search/Results?lookfor=grange+golf&t... In the above from the archive - most things fit, I think this is earlier with a wall instead of the railings?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Oct/2016 11:02:03

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I agree

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 12/Oct/2016 11:22:23

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

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 12/Oct/2016 13:05:01

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] or a Twelve? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_Twelve. Dating the photo to 1930-1935 ish

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Oct/2016 16:10:34

    Name: BRADBURY & EVANS Building: CO. DUBLIN, RATHFARNHAM, GRANGE GOLF CLUB Date: 1934 Nature: Additions & alterations. Proposed design for enlargement of pavilion submitted to Dublin Board of Public Health, Mar 1934. Refs: IAA, PKS 0991; Dublin Public Health Housing Collection, No. 1258 (in possession of Fingal County Council, 2016).

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Oct/2016 16:14:09

    Club website: At the AGM a proposal to spend £995 to extend the clubhouse was passed, the alterations to the clubhouse were completed and the 18 hole course was officially opened on 26th September 1935.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 12/Oct/2016 23:04:15

    Excellent work all. We didn't reach the (obviously tongue in cheek) goal of naming the men pictured. However, if they are the same men as pictured in the 1936 Independent image, perhaps that might yet occur. Otherwise thanks to today's inputs we're able to ring the location, subject and "date refined" klaxons. It seems very likely that, as suggested, this image was taken shortly after the opening of the new clubhouse in the mid-1930s....

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    robinbenn1

    • 17/Dec/2016 14:36:49

    Definitely Grange Golf Club. I'm sitting in the replacement clubhouse as I post this. Rathfarnham Golf Club is now at Newtown on Stocking Lane and used to be where Fairways Estate is now by the Dodder River and Rathfarnham shopping centre.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 18/Dec/2016 10:37:28

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thank you for your comment. I have deleted the "likely" from the title on foot of your definitive identification.

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    robinbenn1

    • 18/Dec/2016 16:16:29

    No worries. I'm sure there is a copy of that photo on display in the new clubhouse somewhere. Next time I'm there I'll take a look...