What happened to the half of the man?

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From that time when Britain ruled the waves to the more leisurely experience of golfing in Bundoran. The green looks a bit crowded by today's standards. (Well so it seems to a non golfer) We have the rare experience of seeing half a man in the background but that might be another golfing phenomenon? Perhaps he lost his head when he missed his putt????

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865 - 1914

NLI Ref: L_CAB_06894

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 24/Feb/2022 09:10:53

    After 1894, when the hotel and golf links were planned. Via Trove - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/165888406?searchTerm=b...

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 24/Feb/2022 09:37:48

    Flickr is sometimes amazing! One of those posts in 2014 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/jupp36269/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/jupp36269/14731767438/

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 24/Feb/2022 09:49:20

    Extensive description of the various holes in the 'Picuresque Donegal' 1908 book - archive.org/details/picturesquedoneg00shru/page/143/mode/...

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    Foxglove

    • 24/Feb/2022 10:03:57

    maybe the man was feeling a bit under par? - or could French have captured a rare case of spontaneous human combustion - it once helped Dickens with a storyline !

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 24/Feb/2022 10:23:01

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove] I think he is one of the caddies, young Ben Dover. Seen centre frame here, staring at the camera - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000321968

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    John Spooner

    • 24/Feb/2022 12:57:53

    Beware the grassy knoll GOLFER BREAKS LEG. Mr A. M. Lloyd, captain of Bundoran Golf Club, Belfast, broke his leg above the ankle while partnering Sir George Clarke in a foursome. He was going to the tenth tee when be slipped from the side of small mound. (Aberdeen Press and Journal - Tuesday 05 July 1927)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Feb/2022 13:51:28

    Looking at the 25", the only place with a line of houses like that near the links would be if the gate in the background here is the front gate: goo.gl/maps/qC6kE7qp8p9JyckR6

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    La Belle Province

    • 24/Feb/2022 15:06:11

    I love those caps and natty straw hats. Too bad the half-a-man can't wear either.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Feb/2022 17:20:40

    There is a sequence of Bundoran shots - as ever, not necessarily from the same visit but... L_CAB_06889 shows RIC men in forage caps, so after 1900.

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    silverio10

    • 24/Feb/2022 21:02:14

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 24/Feb/2022 21:14:14

    The gate and fence look almost new. And the characters in the photos look well-heeled. Local landlords or visiting toffs, perhaps? Edit - Here they all are at the hotel / 19th hole - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000327403 Edit 2 - Notice the hotel has only three 'gables' above. Other photos show four gables (and confirms Niall's front gate). catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000326486 So the hotel was substantially extended sometime after today's photo?

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    suckindeesel

    • 24/Feb/2022 23:04:09

    “Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.” – Tiger Woods

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 24/Feb/2022 23:10:17

    Archiseek has some interesting stuff about the hotel, and some images showing four gables. "... The walling is to be entirely of concrete". Which must have been quite novel in 1894. And it looks like the window frames are made of metal, 1930s style. www.archiseek.com/2014/great-northern-hotel-bundoran-co-d...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 26/Feb/2022 21:07:00

    the Dia says tender for the new wing dec 1895

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 27/Feb/2022 08:21:20

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Terrific! That makes this series with people playing golf very circa 1895. Next, who are they all ... ? catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000333598 (this photo) catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000327498 (shows rear and side of hotel before extensions) catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000321968 (shows all of Ben Dover) catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000321969 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000327403 (19th hole) For comparison, the hotel after extensions to the west/left; new porch on the right, most of the metal window frames seem to have gone, and there are 'eyebrow' mouldings around the windows - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000321949