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Finding the meaning of Irish place names has become quite the blood sport with books, social media threads and TV programmes feeding those hungry followers. So what does "Ardnagashel" mean? My interpretation would be The heights of the Castle but that can hardly be right down by the seashore with hardly a hill in sight. The two men standing in the foreground would have been a great addition had the one in the light coloured trousers stood still for a few seconds.

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865 - 1914

NLI Ref: L_ROY_05769

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    Black and White Fine Art

    • 06/Sep/2022 07:11:50

    Excellent!!

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 06/Sep/2022 07:20:13

    There is an unlikely band of musicians, including a double bass, lurking in the shrubbery (see note). Also seen in - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000332986 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000327047 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000321700 What was going on ... ?

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 06/Sep/2022 07:50:07

    Heaps of Hutchins History Here - www.ornaverum.org/family/kaulback-ronald/ardnagashel.html Including references to these Lawrence photos.

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    O Mac

    • 06/Sep/2022 08:00:23

    Googleye View. Dropped pin maps.app.goo.gl/ePw9FUxvCVLuMmNw8

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    JS presscuttings

    • 06/Sep/2022 08:05:16

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Irish Society (Dublin) - Saturday 26 September 1891 reported:

    A lawn tennis party wbb recently held at Ardnagashel, Bantry, the residence of S. N. Hutchins, Ksq.. J.P. There were 30 entries, the competitors being composed of visitors as well as local ladies and gentlemen. After a few sets had been played, moist weather set in and the party adjourned the tennis tournament to a future occasion. A pleasant dance completed the afternoon’s entertainment hastily organised by the charming hostess
    A good idea to have a few musicians handy if you might have to arrange an impromptu ball.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Sep/2022 08:24:01

    Richard and Isobel Hutchins at home in 1911. Samuel, Marianne and family in 1901.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Sep/2022 08:26:35

    From https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia's history link: Sadly, in November 1968 ... Ardnagashel House caught fire... was gutted... demolished and replaced by a modern house.

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    suckindeesel

    • 06/Sep/2022 08:27:14

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ ‘Ard na gCaiseal’ could mean an elevated stone ring fort. Ardnagashel refers to an area in West Cork, not just that house

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    suckindeesel

    • 06/Sep/2022 08:32:05

    www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/20910... The imposing entrance arch is all that that remains. The house is demolished

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Sep/2022 08:36:48

    The name has to mean Castle Heights, but eyeballing the 6" and 25" maps I can't see any castle or ring fort. THe townland of that name is pretty small.

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    suckindeesel

    • 06/Sep/2022 08:38:40

    Family history and many excellent old photos www.ornaverum.org/family/kaulback-ronald/ardnagashel.html

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 06/Sep/2022 08:47:38

    From the history - "... Samuel Hutchins (1834 – 1915) went to Australia during the 'Gold Rush' and returned to Ireland in 1858 with over one hundred packets of seeds of Australian plants. No plant books or records were kept by the family, but it would be interesting to visit the property 'Fortlands' near Charleville, which belonged to his father, as there are a number of trees and shrubs there that may have links with those planted at Ardnagashel. ...

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    suckindeesel

    • 06/Sep/2022 08:48:57

    “Ardnagashel House[edit] On the shores of Bantry Bay, home of the Hutchins family and of the botanist Ellen Hutchins, who, guided by the director of Kew Gardens made an arboretum. This included plantings of Podocarpus salignus. Himalayan trees and shrubs were also subsequently added by a later proprietor, Colonel Kaulback, who had accompanied Frank Kingdon-Ward on one of his Himalayan plant expeditions in the 1920s. Samuel Hutchins (1834-1915) returned from Australia in 1858 with one hundred packets of seeds of Australian plants. Earlier plantings were made by Arthur Hutchins (1770–1838), his brother Emmanuel (1785-1815) and Ellen (1785-1815; a botanical illustrator).[citation needed] The area's history was recorded in 1980 by John Bevan: 'Ardnagashel-A Hidden Treasure'.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historic_Cork_Gardens#Ardnagashel_H...

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 06/Sep/2022 09:36:11

    Yikes! Samuel Hutchins narrowly escaped murder in 1880; his driver was not so lucky - via Trove - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/13474604?searchTerm=ar...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Sep/2022 10:52:16

    Paging forward in the catalogue, L_ROY_05773 is Letterkenny, and includes a poster for the Irish Daily Telegraph which was first published in 1904. I think L_ROY_05754 is 1896 or later, when the HMS Howe was parked in Cóbh harbour.

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    suckindeesel

    • 06/Sep/2022 16:39:51

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ The hotel’s own postwar brochure includes an aerial shot labelled ‘Ardnagashel (the height of the castle) Bantry, Co.Corey, Ireland

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 07/Sep/2022 08:00:05

    Great capture!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 07/Sep/2022 20:12:07

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I have looked everywhere in the archive and I cannot find any photos from Co. Corey!

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    suckindeesel

    • 07/Sep/2022 21:21:25

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ One of the hidden gems of Ireland? More likely that Apple’s autocorrect is not fit for purpose. Browsing through an Irish place names book in Easons today and see that most names starting ‘Ardna***’ meant ‘The height of the ***’