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A rather grim looking Middleton College in Cork set high on the ridge looks rather more like a fortress than a place of learning. To add to that impression are the barred windows at ground level which makes one wonder if this was a Borstal or place of detention. Then again some former residents of boarding schools might have felt that they were more imprisoned than paying guests?

Fogra. Our good friend An Poc ar Buile questioned the title and name of the "Irish Tourism Association" and his research indicated that it should have been "Tourist" instead. We made contact with the chief of the Krazy Kataloguers and she confirmed that it was indeed Tourist. Someone had made a typo along the way. Many thanks for the help and guidance.
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Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865 - 1914

NLI Ref: L_IMP_3820

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 12/Jan/2023 09:19:22

    Ooo! Midleton College goes way back to 1696 ... , which mentions this Eason (WR&S?) photo with more ivy, ie later -

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    • 12/Jan/2023 09:34:10

    Flickr is sometimes amazing! The old 1717 part of the College on the right in 2005 via

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Jan/2023 10:00:50

    Remodelled 1829 per the NIAH

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    Marin Stanišić Photography

    • 12/Jan/2023 12:32:15

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    • 12/Jan/2023 13:20:42

    It does have the look of a juvenile detention centre about it. Perhaps the school authorities were afraid that the inmates, sorry pupils, would sneak out at night to visit the Midleton Distillery located just behind the photographer

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Jan/2023 17:07:38

    Helpfully, the townland the school is in is called School Land, so we can find the inmates in the 1911 census: 17 of them from 10 to 26 plus the Schoolmaster George Sydney Baker and his considerable household. There is also a small cottage with John O'Keefe the gardener and family. Although an occupation is not listed, I assume the adults with the boys are also schoolteachers. Yes, although not transcribed, the .pdf shows that the last 2 are teachers. It also includes birthplaces which are mostly Cork, but one Devonshire, one India, one Burmah and one from as far away as Kerry.

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    • 12/Jan/2023 17:44:00

    It's Midleton - just one "d".

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    • 12/Jan/2023 22:14:00

    The school motto is “Spartam nactus es, hanc exorna” and it does look very Spartan to me

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    • 12/Jan/2023 22:41:04

    Buenas fotos antiguas .