The Grand Stand Hotel, Curragh Camp

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The deep treasure chest that is the Lawrence Collection is the gift that keeps on giving. Today we are treated to a lovely cabinet sized plate of the Grand Stand Hotel at the Curragh Racecourse in County Kildare. The whole racing industry has changed radically since this shot was taken by Mr. French, but then the whole world has changed...

... And this area has changed. To the extent that I've added this image to our "no longer standing" album. While BeachcomberAustralia highlights that at least some of the building on the left survives (under the Curragh grandstand), and the hotel on the right survived until the last decade (til the streetview car passed-by in 2009 ), we've since learned that the hotel is now entirely demolished. Leaving this view quite changed from French's time!

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1880-1900

NLI Ref: L_CAB_02322

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 23/Aug/2017 07:46:21

    Good morning Mr Irwin from Newbridge !

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    O Mac

    • 23/Aug/2017 08:07:04


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    • 23/Aug/2017 08:15:28

    From the satellite it looks like the hotel has been demolished recently ...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 23/Aug/2017 08:21:17

    OSI 25"

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    • 23/Aug/2017 08:25:24

    Yes, demolished in March 2011 -

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    Niall McAuley

    • 23/Aug/2017 08:27:21

    No Irwins in Newbridge in 1901 or 1911 census.

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    • 23/Aug/2017 08:38:57

    What a great building the Grand Stand (left of frame, aka Standhouse) on the left was in Mr French's day - Looks like it is still there under additions -,-6.8438953,3a,60y,146.84h,...

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    • 23/Aug/2017 19:47:25

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 24/Aug/2017 01:26:32

    Thanks guys! Have updated the map, tags and album. WIll be interesting to see what (if anything) is built to replace the hotel.

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    • 24/Aug/2017 08:15:57

    It seems the wonderful old Grand Stand on the left was recently demolished (March 2017) - Oh dear! Red Herring - when trying to find out the history of The Curragh, I came across this 1866 Trove article - "Early English chroniclers asserted that Stonehenge was transferred from the plains of Kildare." and "... in the time of Giraldus Cambrensis there was still to be seen on the plain of Kildare an immense monument of stones corresponding exactly in appearance with that of Stonehenge." See -

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    john waters

    • 20/Nov/2018 09:19:03

    It was demolished to make way for a vast expansion and upgrade of the Curragh race course