Lawn, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

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A lawn with a DesRes in Castlebar would always be a most attractive proposition and this fine house is no exception! I seem to remember a previous shot from Castlebar with an open area/square in the town with that name?

Sharon.corbet and B-59 were quick to confirm that this house is now part of St. Joseph's Secondary School. Prior to that, according to dearbhaile2 and guliolopez, it was associated with the Lords Lucan (yes, those Lords Lucan). And finally, while we had almost diluted our tea with tears of lament for the loss of the OSI historic maps website, Niall McAuley has offered a replacement - which has helped us map this image accurately. Thanks all!

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_CAB_07317

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 23/Aug/2018 08:09:34

    The NIAH gives a short history: "Designed 1825...Sold, 1924, to accommodate alternative use. Burnt, 1932. Rebuilt, 1933. Closed, 1974. Renovated, ----, to accommodate alternative use."

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    • 23/Aug/2018 08:18:24

    Now part of the St. Joseph's Secondary School

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    • 23/Aug/2018 08:28:02

    Weird how the window left of the door has chicken wire with creeper growing all over it. And The Lawn's lawn needs weeding; or are they imminent daffodils?

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    abandoned railways

    • 23/Aug/2018 08:43:58

    A few of the windows have been replaced, as fresh putty is visible.

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    • 23/Aug/2018 13:19:04

    Is this the residence of the former (or is he ?) lord lucan?

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    • 23/Aug/2018 14:58:16

    Interesting Lord Lucan connection alright Though was his ancestors who owned it. Starting with the 2nd Earl. And his grandfather who seems to have been the last Bingham tenant. Rather than "the" Lord Lucan of notoriety himself. The 7th Earl.

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    • 23/Aug/2018 21:45:52

    There might be a murdered nanny behind that chicken wire and creeper ... !!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Aug/2018 10:09:50

    25" OSI map link

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Aug/2018 23:57:45

    Thanks Map duly updated :)

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    Frank Fullard

    • 11/Sep/2018 12:10:56

    Home of Lord Lucan, and now part of the Convent. The Lucans still collected ground rent for a significant amount of property in Castlebar until relatively recent times (and may still do!).

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Mar/2020 09:10:27

    In 2020: Lawn, Castlebar 2020

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/Mar/2020 09:37:57 You've been down the wesht over the weekend?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Mar/2020 09:40:07 I was, boss.