"Quays, Derry City, Co Derry" is actually Derrylin, Co Fermanagh

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Confusion reigns, the Quays in Derry have changed direction, instead of running along the river Foyle it appears that they now run out into Lough Erne? Or perhaps the cataloguer is in error on this shot or even Mr. French was on the sauce when he marked them up? Whatever the cause I am sure that this is a beautiful scene, well taken and most suitable to end the week. Have a great weekend one and all!

And so, confusion no longer reigns, with confirmation that this is not Derry, but Derrylin in County Fermanagh. Specifically, Knockniny Hotel on Upper Lough Erne. Located on Knockninny Quay, this hotel still stands - and evidently up for sale until very recently. There was even an association with a previous image capturing the tourism history of Lough Erne, with Niall McAuley reminding us that this hotel was opened by John Grey Vesey Porter in 1873. Possibly taking a decade or so off the earliest date in the catalogue range...

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range 1865-1914. Likely after 1873 (hotel opened)

NLI Ref: L_CAB_05571

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Sep/2017 08:03:26

    Streetview from the far side of the hotel.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Sep/2017 08:07:54

    45 photos in this For Sale article (which might be gone when future generations view this page, but for now...)

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    • 22/Sep/2017 08:10:37

    I once made a snowman there. I drove to Enniskillen to see some snow (we'd none in Dublin) and stopped at this hotel to look at the lake. While I was there, I built a snowman as well. As per Niall's streetview, it seems to have melted.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Sep/2017 08:12:09

    Referenced previously here: Steamboat, Lough Erne "When it became clear that [a proposed steamboat passenger service] could not compete with the railway, [John Grey Vesey] Porter switched to tourism. In 1873, he opened a hotel and pier at Knockninny, a renowned beauty spot on the upper lake just north of Derrylin (fig 2.15). He redeployed the Knockninny and, from 1880, the Belturbet to ferry passengers from Enniskillen and for excursions on the Upper Lough. These services ceased with his death in 1903 and both vessels were scrapped during the first world war."

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    • 22/Sep/2017 08:16:16

    Mr French is teasing us ! He went for a walk up the hill behind the hotel ... catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000323535 (same PoV as this) catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000041566 (up a bit) catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000322390 (higher) catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000322388 (from the top?) And the reverse view with the hill Mr French went up ... catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000323536 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000334286

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Sep/2017 08:23:33

    He gets a mench at thepeerage

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Sep/2017 08:29:45

    Here he is in the 1901 census, living at Lisbellaw in a 21-windows-to-the-front gaff. Bellisle house and demesne on the GeoHive 6"

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    • 22/Sep/2017 10:12:03

    Fancy a fiddle tune? Susan Hughes plays "Wren's Nest" atop Knockninny Hill - dreamingplaceproject.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/wrens-nest-... *goosebumps*

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    • 22/Sep/2017 12:08:06

    The English language; spell it "quay" but pronounce it "key"

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 22/Sep/2017 16:09:36

    Thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley and all. I guess it's somewhat forgivable to confuse "Quay, Derry" with "Knockninny Quay, Derrylin".

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    Reconstructing Light

    • 22/Sep/2017 17:30:28

    Stayed in there many years ago when the place was empty. Great photo!

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    O Mac

    • 22/Sep/2017 20:06:50

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Spot the north cardinal marker?

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    • 22/Sep/2017 20:10:30

    Were there no Dogs?

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    • 22/Sep/2017 21:07:36

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/91549360@N03] If you think that is a cardinal mark, then you must be in an airship. We should be able to do better with the dates. Obviously an old C18th house with tower added later (1870s?), and a couple of wings still to be added after this photo. The place looks very run down, which makes me think it was well after the Mrs Porter/Captain Poynter affair. Odd that the front windows do not match those at the back and side ... catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000334286

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    • 24/Sep/2017 21:23:43

    Buenas fotos antiguas .