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The entrance to Lord Bantry's estate in Glengarriff looks trim and proper while just outside the wild rocky country of West Cork looms large like an impending disaster! This beautiful image from the Lawrence collection captures the primitive beauty of the area together with the contradiction that it is also a wonderful if rugged place to live!

We're glad to relay, thanks to sharon.corbet and BeachcomberAustralia that the gate lodge still stands. And marks the entrance to the beautiful Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve....

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_CAB_04798

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    • 22/Aug/2018 08:29:33

    Streetview of gatelodge. NIAH page for the gatelodge, which is now part of the Glengarriff Nature Reserve.

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    • 22/Aug/2018 09:25:17

    ROCHE'S ROYAL HOTEL on rear of sidecar might help with dating ... catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000339154

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    • 22/Aug/2018 09:51:29

    Have a sticky-beak at Lord Bantry's Lodge, on a river island nearby - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000325209 www.glengarriff-lodge.com/about-us/history-of-the-lodge/

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    • 22/Aug/2018 23:19:04

    Thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet and https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia. I've updated the map and tags. Unless the "Roche's Royal Hotel" had specific and confirmed opening/closing dates, I don't suppose we'll be able to definitively refine the date range by much. Although the fashions would seem to suggest that we haven't strayed much into the 20th century here....

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    • 23/Aug/2018 18:25:08

    I had a look at the Guy's and Slater's directories yesterday, and they weren't any help with dates. The Roche family operated a hotel in Glengariff from before the start of the range (at least early 1860s) until after the end of the range (into 1920s). So the sign on the back of the tourist car doesn't help.

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    • 28/Aug/2018 21:37:38

    Photo of Willie Bryan Patrick O'Connor who lived in the lodge until about 1999, I believe. it became the office for the OPW workers after that as far as I know. www.facebook.com/localglengarriff/posts/1975820529123944?...

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    • 29/Aug/2018 11:58:21

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/166562063@N02 Thanks, great photograph!

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    • 29/Aug/2018 21:27:21

    It is :) Mr O'Connor's grand nephew, who posted the photo mentioned that their family had been living in the gate lodge for a long time, and were recorded there in the 1911 census. I don't know what the surname was at the time. I don't think it was O'Connor as the only 1911 census results for O'Connor and Glengarriff were from the Glengarriff Rd in Bantry. I mention it as perhaps the people in the photo are of that family, and perhaps someone else might pick up that thread and find something relevant to the image.

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    • 29/Aug/2018 21:32:06

    My uncle-in-law worked in the gate lodge until recently and his family have lived very close by since the dawn of time. I'll ask him if he knows who would have been living there at the turn of the century, might help.

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    • 29/Aug/2018 21:38:53

    Oh, while I think of it, there is another similar building further into the nature reserve, past Glengarriff Lodge/Lord Bantry's Lodge. I've been told it was a second gate lodge, but not sure of the accuracy of that. It's now a private house.