Strand Races, Rosslare

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Today we leave the rugged rocks and rascals of Dunloe for the more serene and sophisticated Strand in Rosslare. This fine Lawrence shot of the facilities for the races in Rosslare has been taken from a very high point, and we wondered how he did it.

As usual, the community came through, and there's a firm suggestion that this image (perhaps mirrored L-R from the original), was taken from atop Kelly's hotel at Rosslare. And perhaps dates a little later than the catalogue's 1880-1900 range....


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Between 1880 - 1900

NLI Ref: L_CAB_06434

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    derangedlemur

    • 18/Nov/2015 08:10:38

    Looks like it's been taken from a 1st or 2nd floor window. There's a garden in the foreground.

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    derangedlemur

    • 18/Nov/2015 08:17:05

    I'm pretty sure it's back to front as well. www.google.ie/maps/@52.2639673,-6.3802141,3a,90y,134.21h,...

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    doubtful quiver

    • 18/Nov/2015 08:49:01

    excellent view

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    sharon.corbet

    • 18/Nov/2015 09:05:53

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Possibly from the roof of Kelly's.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Nov/2015 09:10:15

    From flipping back and forth on the OSI map (new Geohive interface!), this entire scene may be under the waves these days.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Nov/2015 09:47:48

    If that's the railway pier, it's after 1903, maybe 1906. Hmm, maybe not, I see postcards in an image search supposedly dated 1890 with a similar pier, presumably the 1895 one.

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    derangedlemur

    • 18/Nov/2015 09:50:44

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Or if it's a bit older, the white house lodge. There's a track down to the sea by the white house. Kelly's dates from about 1880, I think, so it's not impossible. We need our fashion editor to advise on dates. Edit: Actually, the angle it's at, it wouldn't need to predate Kelly's - it'd be out of shot anyway.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 18/Nov/2015 09:54:31

    There are references in the Irish Times headlines to strand races in Rosslare in 1911-14. But 1913 and 1914 seem to be motor races.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Nov/2015 09:57:05

    Many gentlemen wearing straw boaters, so near enough to 1900, I would say.

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    derangedlemur

    • 18/Nov/2015 10:00:34

    I dont' have time to trawl it now but there's a rake of stuff on Rosslare in the catalogue. I reckon you could match it up with one of the others easily enough, especially if it's Kelly's.

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    Bwana_Samaki

    • 18/Nov/2015 10:26:16

    Union Jack

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    guliolopez

    • 18/Nov/2015 12:04:30

    This image (from the "I'm From Rosslare Strand" Facebook group) would seem to be taken from a similar spot. Looking in another direction. We can see the "grandstand" from another angle. The submitter indicates that Kelly's Hotel is visible to the left of the grandstand. Which would strongly support the suggestion that this image was taken looking down from Kelly's...

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    guliolopez

    • 18/Nov/2015 12:18:56

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Here's a series of the 1913 Strand (Motor) Races. "Our" Strand (Horse) Race image predates this by at least a decade I'd say... www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157637851024275/

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    O Mac

    • 18/Nov/2015 14:45:49

    I heard that the atmosphere was in tents.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Nov/2015 14:50:48

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] It all looks a bit camp, if you know what I mean (and I think you do).

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    XPAT-Polska

    • 18/Nov/2015 15:26:01

    So nice to see this. We used to spend out Easter and summer holidays there in my mum and dad's prefab holiday home. Still see my cousins there and nearby in Wexford town. More please.

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    O Mac

    • 18/Nov/2015 17:12:20

    Re: the tennis net post seen bottom right. For those with in interest in late 19th early 20th century tennis net tightening technology here's a detail of a similiar post i saw on the Clonbrock Estate at Ahascragh. www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/22723546519/in/datepos...

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    derangedlemur

    • 18/Nov/2015 17:48:05

    I hadn't noticed the net post. That pretty much nails on Kelly's as it had a court on that side.

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    derangedlemur

    • 18/Nov/2015 17:51:29

    And if it's Kelly's, it's definitely mirrored too.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Nov/2015 19:05:55

    The tennis court explains the stray garden roller, too.

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    John Spooner

    • 18/Nov/2015 20:20:09

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Early 20th century? That's exactly the same as was used at the tennis club I used to play in about 1975.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Nov/2015 00:22:06

    Thanks all - It seems fairly certain that this image was taken from Kelly's hotel. There are photos and a timeline in the 'history' section on the last page of this Kelly's Hotel brochure (pron. broschoor). The timeline would seem to suggest the hotel was a single-story structure until the early 20th century. Which would all seem to stack-up - date wise. Unless there are other opinions, we'll likely update the description, tags and date to reflect. (I've already updated the map). Thanks all - and good night. Evening Mary.