Recording Change

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Page updated 21/12/2016


ANTRIM

The Floral Hall, Hazlewood, Cave Hill, Belfast

HAZLEWOOD BEFORE + AFTER

Above: Before and after views. The first is by an unknown publisher and the second, happy card, is a Valentines.

Floral Hall August 2015

Above: A sad view as I found the Floral Hall on my visit in August 2015.

Built in the mid-1930s, in the Art Deco style, the Floral Hall is fondly remembered by generations of Belfast folk as the place where they met the love of the their lives. These days the building is a sorry sight, boarded up and now within the Belfast Zoo grounds. There’s a strong campaign to save the building and more details can be found here. Perchance it is not dead, but sleepeth?


The Laharna Hotel, Larne, Co.Antrim

Postcards can be a great way of discovering changes that have taken place to landscapes, buildings etc. and these first two of the Midland Railway Company’s “Laharna Hotel” at Larne illustrate the point well.

LAHARNA ENLARGEMENT

Above left: a Valentines card of the Laharna Hotel in the very early 20th century and right: a Lawrence card from about 1910 showing the massive expansion that has taken place. Further enlargement took place in the 1930s with yet another storey being added – see the rather unattractive coloured Valentines card below. The hotel passed out of railway ownership in the 1950’s and went into a spiral of decline, closure, arson attacks and ultimately demolition. Today the footprint is occupied by an apartment/retail complex bearing the name ‘Laharna Buildings‘.

LAHARNA 2DAY


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St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh, Co.Cork

COBH FROM THE SEA 1920s VIEW

Cobh Catherdal before spireSt.Colman's Cathedral VALENTINES

The construction of the cathedral was begun in 1868 but was not completed until 1915! The landmark spire took almost five years to build and was completed in March 1915. The two colour cards by Valentines are before and after the spire was added and date from 1905 and 1930 respectively.

More here: St.Colman’s Cathedral


Dublin

The Pavilion, Kingstown/Dun Laoghaire

Pavilion FRONT

Emerald Series card pu 1910.

Pavilion Cinema Dun Laoghaire VALENTINES

Above – The Pavilion Cinema is how most people will remember the site. I was in it back in the 1960s but it can’t have impressed as I can’t recall anything about it. Card by Valentines.

Meadows & Byrne

Today Meadows & Byrne occupies the footprint of the Pavilion and while inoffensive – by modern standards – it offers little of architectural merit.


MEATH

Newgrange, Co.Meath

Newgrange Tumulus Entrance old - Copy

Newgrange Tumulus Entrance post modernisation - Copy

Two views of the entrance to the  megalithic burial site at Newgrange which illustrate just how much the site has been butchered to satisfy the demands of the tourism industry.


Wexford

The Rosslare Hotel, Co.Wexford

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kellys-hotel-rosslare-1980s-card

Things have changed a bit at the Rosslare Hotel since “Jotter’s” early 20th century view published by Arthur Burkart & Co., London, and today the massively expanded premises is something of an institution in the South East. In the Kelly family since its construction in 1905 and now trading as Kelly’s Hotel the original building still exists at the core of the more recent extensions.


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