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When: 01 January 1910

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Somehow this reminds me of a number of places in County Wicklow. The ridge, the trees and the houses in close proximity to water. The one thing that throws me is the broad expanse of possibly tidal waters in the foreground. I wonder why those stakes are placed at the end of the falling water? Fish traps perhaps?

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865 - 1914

NLI Ref: L_CAB_05710

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    sharon.corbet

    • 24/Feb/2020 08:34:25

    It needs to be flipped - the building says Vale View Hotel on it, but it’s backwards. The Vale View Hotel was in Avoca all right.

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    Rory_Sherlock

    • 24/Feb/2020 08:34:57

    Avoca, but back to front? See 'Vale View Hotel' on the front of the central building.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 24/Feb/2020 08:36:48

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Flipped in the blink of an eye!!

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    Foxglove

    • 24/Feb/2020 09:06:40

    yes the smoke is now going I the correct direction. a pretty scene on a grim Monday In February

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 24/Feb/2020 09:19:01

    Flickr is sometimes so sad! In 2010 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/cinnead/, who says "closed for 15 years"; therefore closed in 1995? https://www.flickr.com/photos/cinnead/5304465042/

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    sharon.corbet

    • 24/Feb/2020 09:45:46

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Apparently it reopened in 2001 after a fire?

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    suckindeesel

    • 24/Feb/2020 10:14:25

    As a postcard www.postcardsireland.com/postcard/moores-vale-view-hotel-... note old spelling of 'Ovoca', any clue there?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 24/Feb/2020 10:27:27

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet Yes, I am puzzled.

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    Rory_Sherlock

    • 24/Feb/2020 10:42:38

    The remains of the hotel cannot be seen from Streetview, but the half-hipped building (with smoke rising from central chimney) to the right of the hotel in this photo appears to be the 'Avoca Studio Gallery' (which retains its half-hip at the rear but has acquired a gable at the front): www.google.ie/maps/@52.8798271,-6.2268234,3a,75y,299.93h,...

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    Rory_Sherlock

    • 24/Feb/2020 10:43:52

    The hotel is barely visible on the older (2009) Streetview: www.google.ie/maps/@52.8781461,-6.225312,3a,27.3y,307.46h...

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    suckindeesel

    • 24/Feb/2020 10:55:40

    Shown on 25-in bit.ly/2PlRdsC Plan of old hotel doesn't match replacement building on modern OSI, so one for the 'no longer standing' ? It's not a million miles away from some other recent Lawrence views, The Lion's Gate and the Avoca mines. I wonder if they were taken on the same excursion.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 24/Feb/2020 11:15:21

    Via Trove, a description of a two night visit in 1910 by a group of tourists ... Having arrived at Ovoca - the "Venice of Ireland" - we find that our coming has been anticipated, and we are greeted with a right hearty "Cead mille failte do Ierann" ("A hundred thousand welcomes to Ireland") from the peasantry, and proceed by coach to the Vale View Hotel, situated on the summit of a mountain, encircled by gardens and lawns, in a truly health-giving atmosphere ... ... After a glorious day's outing, at sunset we arrive at the Vale View Hotel, where a tempting spread awaits us, and we all have long since agreed as to the qualities of Irish air in the way of sharpening one's appetite.... From - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/167022279?searchTerm=%... 2 pages with photos

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    suckindeesel

    • 24/Feb/2020 18:32:20

    22/05/2001 www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/historic-wicklow-hotel-damage... 'An historic Co Wicklow hotel has been badly damaged by fire. The blaze broke out in the kitchen of the Vale View hotel, between Woodenbridge and Avoca, and spread to the ballroom, which has been destroyed. Other parts of the building have sustained smoke and water damage. Established in 1825, the hotel has strong links with local gentry from surrounding estates such as Avondale. The Parnell Room at the Vale View incorporates the windows of the prison cell in Mountjoy where Charles Stewart Parnell and Eamonn De Valera were incarcerated.' The owner unfortunately passed on in June of the following year. There are more recent photos, 1990s, in the NLI archive as part of a Lawrence re-enactment project.

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    suckindeesel

    • 24/Feb/2020 21:15:27

    The 25-in bit.ly/2PlRdsC shows a much more substantial stone weir than the one in photo, perhaps indicating a pre 1913 shot. The use of the archaic 'Ovoca' name also indicates an earlier date in the range.