"Head Office, Cable Station, Waterville, Co. Kerry" is really Valentia

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This Cable Station in County Kerry is bathed in sunshine and looking spruce! In the days when telegrams were the principal long range method of communication working in this building would have been the centre of activitiy. Waterville in good weather would be just heavenly....

.... Except this probably isn't Waterville. According to today's contributors, while this is County Kerry, someone has mistaken the cable station in Waterville for the one on Valentia.

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date:between 1880-1900

NLI Ref: L_ROY_08295

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    • 13/Mar/2019 09:30:45

    Hmmm... are we at Valentia, or vice versa? - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000332125

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    • 13/Mar/2019 09:37:29

    Yes - I think this is Valentia: www.google.ie/maps/@51.9222727,-10.2883036,3a,49.8y,250.8...

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    • 13/Mar/2019 10:37:16

    These photos were also taken at the same time (see windows, hay piles etc) - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000319369 (ROY) catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000336604 (CAB) And Mr Eblana's composite - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000561946 The men's clothes look 1905 - 1910 ish to me ...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Mar/2019 11:00:50

    There is an old cable station in Waterville, Streetview, but this isn't it.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Mar/2019 11:05:24

    The NIAH dates the building at 1858, but does not know when the big ugly wings were added.

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    • 13/Mar/2019 14:55:48

    A might fine photograph. Thanks. Oh the days of the Kerry dancing ........ gone alas like our youth too soon.

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    • 13/Mar/2019 20:28:51

    Does anyone know what the windmill thingy behind is? It seems very elaborate for just water pumping and storage. Electricity generator? ... Interesting 1885 history describing life at the station - atlantic-cable.com/CableCos/Valentia/index.htm including -

    Many clerks who have been sent here from England have, in a short time, had their health greatly improved, owing to their regular living and the fresh air always at their service. The air of the Island of Valentia is taken as the standard of purity. The warm moist climate, however, after a long residence has a very enervating effect upon one's system, and it requires a great effort to keep oneself au courant with the very rapid strides now being made in all departments of science, more especially in the electrical section.
    About to become a Unesco World Heritage site (2018) - www.siliconrepublic.com/comms/valentia-island-first-trans...

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    • 15/Mar/2019 08:52:14

    Could anyone tell me please how these pictures were made? I mean the camera, the film...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Mar/2019 12:25:56

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/26369320@N00 The notes in the archive say: Physical description: 1 negative : glass ; 16.5 x 21.5 cm.