"Unidentified Photograph from the Fergus O'Connor Collection" is the Strand Hotel, Bray

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Where: Wicklow, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1900

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We have another unidentified photo today, this time from the Fergus O'Connor collection. I feel confident that we will do better today than we did yesterday, as I have a feeling that I may have seen this building in real life only a few weeks ago.

With thanks to Anne McGinley (mcginley2012) we have confirmation that this is the Strand Hotel in Bray. Originally built in the mid-19th century, it was apparently once owned by Oscar Wilde's family. Beachcomberaustralia tells us that Wilde himself sold it in the late 1870s (though not without some controversy). It was seemingly up-for-sale again earlier this year...

Photographer: Fergus O’Connor

Collection: Fergus O’Connor Collection

Date: Likely c.1890-1915. Perhaps c.1900-1910

NLI Ref: OCO 374A

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