Mountjoy translated as the "Hill of Happiness"

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Morning Mary is at a loss to know where the Mountjoy Barracks was located in Dublin. This particular building does not look like and of the usual military buildings that we would be familiar with. Possibly the officers quarters?

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865 - 1914

NLI Ref: L_IMP_1492

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    Deirge (Del)

    • 16/Sep/2022 08:03:12

    I seem to recall my grandmother referring to Mountjoy as a place to send people and I was under the impression it was a prison. But my memory may be faulty and mixed-up.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 16/Sep/2022 08:04:02

    From the wiki for Phoenix Park ... " ... Ordnance Survey Ireland is located in Mountjoy House near the Castleknock Gate. The house was built in 1728 and was originally known as Mountjoy Barracks as it quartered the mounted escort of the Lord Lieutenant who resided in the Vice-Regal Lodge (now Áras an Uachtaráin). ..." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_Park

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    Deirge (Del)

    • 16/Sep/2022 08:09:25

    Well I've found this description by a guest (I assume he may be singing of this establishment): archive.org/details/78_the-mountjoy-hotel_william-mcellig...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 16/Sep/2022 08:12:33

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia good find! The home of GeoHive?

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 16/Sep/2022 08:14:05

    Google satellite view - I think the roof, chimneys and aspect are right - www.google.com/maps/@53.3634078,-6.3478616,94m/data=!3m1!1e3

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 16/Sep/2022 08:22:54

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] We could send a nice framed copy of this photo to the Ordnance Survey if they give back the original access we had to the old online maps! Give them a shout on Twitter

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 16/Sep/2022 08:24:58

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] I suppose so. The OSI seem to be rather secretive and not at all user friendly. There is an hilarious ha-ha nearby - www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/50060... "The walls, gateway and sunken ha-ha which surround the site of the Ordnance Survey of Ireland are a notable feature within Phoenix Park. They form the boundary of the oval enclosure to the former house of Luke Gardiner, a Keeper of the Park and developer of much of the Georgian north inner city. The site was assigned for use as a cavalry barracks c.1780. Although there is some localised collapse of stonework, the wall and ditch, by-and-large, are in very good condition.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Sep/2022 08:25:45

    At the NIAH: built as Castleknock Lodge and commonly known as Mountjoy House, this was the suburban villa of Luke Gardiner, built at different stages, with the possible involvement of Edward Lovett Pearce.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Sep/2022 08:27:54

    DIA is equally dubious: ELP 'may well have been its designer' (Casey). For Luke Gardiner.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 16/Sep/2022 08:42:50

    From the OSI Wiki page - See - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordnance_Survey_Ireland

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 16/Sep/2022 09:16:30

    The NLI is always amazing! Painting "c. 1820(?)" including the ha-ha - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000189652

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    Swordscookie

    • 16/Sep/2022 09:27:32

    I was at a loss too as to the location but should have known better. I was in and out of that place many times during the 1960's qnd 70's! The military ran the place until quite recently!

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 16/Sep/2022 09:27:52

    Streetview has a glimpse through the trees (November 2021) - goo.gl/maps/LsqBpyBy3NKpi4QC7

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Sep/2022 11:36:08

    The building to the right does not look like what is there now, which the NIAH says was built in 1874.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 16/Sep/2022 13:33:52

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Beg to differ! I think the 1874 building is in the photo. Counting windows, chimneys, bricks, roof tiles, etc ... www.google.com/maps/@53.3630642,-6.3462907,3a,15y,324.78h... There is that condensed script in the titling again ... Complete aside - nearby in the Imperial numbers are two fabulous photos of 'Tom the Fiddler' in his chariot - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000329725 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000329726

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 16/Sep/2022 15:46:57

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia I was going to post Tom the Fiddler on Monday! Back to the selection dartboard.

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    suckindeesel

    • 16/Sep/2022 19:08:44

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ I notice that their entrance gate is obscured by Google in streetview, do they still consider themselves a ‘military’ institution? Mountjoy Barracks became the Irish headquarters of the Ordnance Survey in 1825

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    suckindeesel

    • 17/Sep/2022 17:49:25

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ That would be Mountjoy Prison, colloquially known as ‘The Joy’