Biddy Gray's Crooked Wood, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

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Where: R394, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

When: Unknown

For many in the past (who were not Irish or who were more than one generation away from the island) this might appear to be an idyllic Irish scene. The thatched cottage, the granny sitting on the wall outside the open door, the children, well washed and dressed playing in the yard, and the old gentleman stopping to bid good day to the woman of the house! What could perhaps be more sterotypically Irish than that?


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: c.1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_CAB_06954

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    DannyM8

    • 15/Feb/2017 09:33:02

    Could that be a box of photography equipment in the car? is it perhaps the photographers car?

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    philfluther

    • 15/Feb/2017 09:46:04

    "the woman of the house": "the person of the house" Dickens; the trousers of the house, too. One image puts me in mind of The Stolen Child.

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    O Mac

    • 15/Feb/2017 09:57:35

    The wooden chimney pot would hardly comply with todays building regulations.

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    Smeets Paul (ty for 1,6 million views)

    • 15/Feb/2017 10:08:22

    And a chicken in the doorway...

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    guliolopez

    • 15/Feb/2017 10:12:08

    The right-hand side of the house (with the bigger cross hatched window) looks like a later extension/addition. I wonder if Dermot Bannon's ancestor had some input.... (Several likely candidate locations in the 6" and 25" OSI maps. Might require local knowledge.)

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 15/Feb/2017 10:54:18

    It was pretty windy and cold, when the photo was taken. Idyllic . . . a romantic notion of Ireland. As there is a photographer already set up and taking this photo, perhaps it is a landlord giving them what for, threatening to turf them out if they don't pay the rent.

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    derangedlemur

    • 15/Feb/2017 11:05:49

    [https:[email protected]] I'd guess this one [email protected],-7.2929169,3a,75y,31.93h,8..., just based on the topography.

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    j.coffey78

    • 15/Feb/2017 12:33:36

    Old townsland name was Taghmon, could that be the local priest on a visit?

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 15/Feb/2017 13:23:22

    [https:[email protected]] I'd say that's the Planning Inspector - or maybe that man from Lehaunstown looking to re-house his 70 South Dublin tenants.

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    DannyM8

    • 15/Feb/2017 15:45:29

    I think the box and straps is similar to the box and straps in this photo, or am I adding 2+2 and getting 6? [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/31636807885/in/dateposted/]

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    O Mac

    • 15/Feb/2017 20:11:52

    [https:[email protected]] The satchel on the car in this other one is also similar to the small satchel in your well photo above.

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 15/Feb/2017 20:47:28

    The Old Biddy of Crooked Wood Limerick There once was a woman called Biddy Who hugged her unfortunate kiddy. A man in a cart Would tear them apart - What happened next ... did he ?

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 15/Feb/2017 20:49:33

    Before or after ? - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000322251

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Feb/2017 23:13:26

    Thanks all. Have mapped to the crossroads at Taghmon/Crookedwood for now. On the "mystery satchel" (and indeed the mystery gentleman), are we perhaps suggesting that the man could be French himself? He certainly had similar facial hair....

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    DannyM8

    • 16/Feb/2017 08:33:47

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] I think it could be, but the evidence is very light.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 17/Feb/2017 10:09:15

    Thanks [https:[email protected]] - I concur...

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    DannyM8

    • 17/Feb/2017 12:34:42

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] Mary, Catch me if you can and The African Queen, two of my favorite movies referenced in two days - excellent work. D

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Feb/2017 16:33:43

    [https:[email protected]] If you liked Catch Me If You Can, you might get something out of this talk by the real Frank Abagnale - I know I did :)

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    Michiel2005

    • 20/Feb/2017 09:38:35

    Is the man saying "ni" to that old lady?

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    DannyM8

    • 03/Mar/2017 17:00:55

    Have a look at the photo of French on this site, I am now proposing that the Top Hat is Mr French himself!! Edit - I did not see that you had already linked to the same photo.

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    mcginley2012

    • 20/Jun/2017 19:10:52

    Could the passenger here be Mr French? General View, Ballhill. If it is, he is landing on Rooney's Island having rowed across from the Coastguard Station. catalogue.nli.ie/Collection/vtls000313414/Home?lookfor=ba...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 20/Jun/2017 19:37:30

    An interesting notion [https:[email protected]] - it could very well be Mr French in the boat...

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    mcginley2012

    • 20/Jun/2017 19:46:55

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] I have a theory that he visited the Donegal Town area at least twice.