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A rustic scene with a corner of the Doo Lough Hotel visible in the midst of a verdant foreground with a bleak and hungry looking mountain in the background. The lady standing close to the hotel seems in rather pensive mood as she contemplates going fishing, swimming or boating before lunch?

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865 1894-1914, probably nearer 1900.

NLI Ref: L_CAB_07545

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 28/Jun/2021 08:20:08

    Ivy's (or more properly Mrs Creeper's ?) hotel was larger when viewed from the right - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000336124 Can't find it on google maps - HELP !

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Jun/2021 08:22:11

    Per the 25", this is as close as I can get - the Hotel was in the trees, the hillside is to our right. The 1930s Cassini map does not mark it as a Hotel, it marks a Doolough House. There are no houses at all on the 1830s 6".

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 28/Jun/2021 09:24:34

    Much less Ivy Creeper on another different visit - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000316495

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    suckindeesel

    • 28/Jun/2021 09:27:27

    Are we sure this is Co. Galway, not one of the several other lakes of the same name?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Jun/2021 09:38:10

    It is in Mayo.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 28/Jun/2021 09:51:50

    Ha! Between the two long-distance views listed above there are a stone wall / embankment and a bridge built. That might be recorded in a newspaper. So earlier, with creeper - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000336124 And later, with bridge, wall and white hotel - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000316495 Which implies Mrs Ivy Creeper was on the earlier visit ... [Aside] Mr Jaunty spottings ... catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000320578 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000320579

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Jun/2021 10:23:11

    The Landed Estates db at NUIG has a short reference: At the time of Griffith's Valuation Doolough was leased by Captain William Houstoun from the Marquis of Sligo's estate and valued at £15. It is now a ruin surrounded by trees. Which brings us to this page about Houstoun.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 28/Jun/2021 10:44:56

    Here is Mrs Matilda Houstoun's 1879 book 'Twenty Years In The Wild West or Life in Connaught' - archive.org/details/twentyyearsinwi00chargoog Edit - her description of her garden (p. 188 ff.) - archive.org/details/twentyyearsinwi00chargoog/page/n204/m...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Jun/2021 10:47:01

    And at dúchas dot ie we learn that there was a Mr. Barber and a Mr. Bosbel who rode horses and kept sheep and cattle.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 28/Jun/2021 11:02:30

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Mayo is right.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Jun/2021 11:15:57

    I still have not found any reference to Doolough or Dhulough House or Lodge being a Hotel, except the OSI map (and the 25" sheet is missing!). I don't know the date on that map. As we zoom in on the Geohive or Arcgis viewer, the map shows the 10 miles to the inch, then the map with Hotel, and finally the 6" or 25" detailed maps. But the legend and dates for that intermediate scale is not shown. OK, the 10 miles to the inch seems to be from 1868. The map we are interested in shows a railway line to Cashel, which opened in 1904.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 28/Jun/2021 11:16:56

    From that Houstoun page above - " ... William Houston died in October 1872 and we are not sure if he was buried in Ireland or Scotland. But he was succeeded by his son George, who did not appear to have the same interest in the farm. It was sublet in 1876 but was taken back a few years later. The Houston’s continued as tenants until the farm was acquired by the Congested Districts Board from the marquis of Sligo in 1913." So could "Ivy" be Matilda Houstoun, or perhaps a daughter ... ?

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    suckindeesel

    • 28/Jun/2021 12:39:26

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/51275488497/in/dateposted/ Seems to be misplaced by OSI, looks like a 25" to me but is listed under Cassini. The map which shows 'hotel' is dated 1898.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 28/Jun/2021 14:54:53

    There are ads in the August 1st and 8th 1904 editions of the Irish Times claiming that the Dhulough hotel is now open. The name given is R.H. McKeown of Leenaun. He’s come up before: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/10435898376

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Jun/2021 16:26:14

    DEATH OF THE BISHOP OP WAKEFIELD. The Right Rev. William Walsham How, Lord Bishop of Wakefield, died on Tuesday Dhulough Lodge, Leenare, Connemara, where had beer staying with his son for the past week for the benefit of his health. Serious symptoms ... Published: Saturday 14 August 1897, News of the World

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Jun/2021 16:27:12

    Good supply of fish in rivers and lakes connected with Dhulough Hotel. Seven miles salmon river and four lakes ; ss. per day, including boat. Apply McKeown, Leenane Hotel, co. Galway. Lough ... Published: Saturday 08 July 1899 Newspaper: Fishing Gazette

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Jun/2021 16:27:50

    EXCELLENT SALMON FISHING CAN BIC HAD AT DHULOUGH HOUSE HOTEL, The lake being at the hotel door, Apply R. H. McKEOWN, Leenane Hotel Co. Galway. ... Published: Saturday 23 June 1900 Newspaper: Fishing Gazette

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    suckindeesel

    • 28/Jun/2021 16:30:38

    Dhu Lough ---the Black Lake

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Jun/2021 16:31:16

    TO LET, for July. August, and September. DHULOUGH HOUSE, witn excellent fishing and shooting. Apply Ik 11. McKeewn, CVmnemara. Published: Monday 27 July 1903 Newspaper: Leeds Mercury

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Jun/2021 16:35:17

    Large numbers of blackfaced sheep and polled Galloways are raised Mr. Barbour, who lives at Dhulough,in the house formerly occupied by Captain Houstoun. I have just come from Westport to this place, the mountain scenery around ... Published: Saturday 06 November 1880 Newspaper: London Daily News

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Jun/2021 16:36:44

    Mir Boswall has decided to sur- retder his Dhulough farms, and, as a conse- quence., the present dispersion of his sheep is I to take place.. A very unusual opportunity is now ... Published: Wednesday 19 September 1894 Newspaper: Freeman's Journal

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Jun/2021 16:37:28

    So there are Mr. Barbour and Mr. Boswall referred to at that Dúchas link above. It looks as if Barbour took the lease in 1876, and Boswall (or Boswell) had it until 1894. McKeown and the Hotel must be after that, and it seems it was not a Hotel every season, sometimes it was To Let. Date 1894-1914, probably nearer 1900.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 28/Jun/2021 19:22:20

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Well done, date updated.