The Gap of Dunloe, Mrs. Moriarty’s, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Gap of Dunloe, Mrs. Moriarty’s, Killarney, Co. Kerry
This fine shot of a cottage in the Gap of Dunloe for a frosty Tuesday morning. Riding up the Gap from here on a day like today would take away any cobwebs away and concentrate the mind. Robert French really could capture the atmosphere of a place and a time!

As [] and [] suggest, this particular Moriarty cottage seems to have been around here. The guys point to the strong similarity in the rock-formations to the rear – and we have no reason to doubt it. It seems there were perhaps several Moriarty households in the area – and indeed we’ve met more than one Moriarty on our previous visits to the area. This Mrs Moriarty clearly served a burgeoning tourst trade – in a tradition which seemingly continuous today…

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: between ac 1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_ROY_06972

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By the National Library of Ireland on The Commons on 2008-01-16 12:58:52

18 replies
  1. ✿ willem ツ
    ✿ willem ツ says:

    Where I live a thatched roof is a status symbol. It is the most expensive type of roofing. Moreover, additional fire insurance is required. The situation used to be very different when this photo was taken, I suppose. The same is true for dry stone walling. I have never seen a modern house built with that technique. Too labour intensive and therefore too costly. Commonplace in the past.

  2. BeachcomberAustralia
    BeachcomberAustralia says:

    Confusing isn’t it ! There must have been several Mrs Moriartys, as evidenced by this exchange from the same article as above (the tourists are looking for a guide) –

    … ‘Are you a Moriarty ? We are looking for a boy of the Moriartys, and won’t have any other.’
    ‘I’m all the same as one. I’m a Foley, but sure my mother is a Moriarty.’
    ‘I’m a Moriarty twice over, Miss; my father is one an’ my mother is another— an’ I’m the principal boy in the Gap.’ … …

  3. National Library of Ireland on The Commons
    National Library of Ireland on The Commons says:

    Thanks all – especially [] for the firm suggestion on location (and [] for the corroberation). Map updated accordingly :)

    On the prevelance Moriartys in them-thar-hills, I’d actually forgotten that we’d met some of the extended family on our previous journeys along these roads. Sher didn’t one of them even give us a lift for part of the way……

  4. BeachcomberAustralia
    BeachcomberAustralia says:

    Trove has many newspaper reports of travellers’ tales from the Gap of Dunloe; this 1896 one includes a heart-warming story about a Moriarty lad …

    … A fine, hardy race [the locals], kind and polite in manners, honest, and industrious. Their former parish priest told me that some years ago a ‘boy of the Moriartys’ came to him with a pocket-book containing a large sum of money which he had picked up on the road. The clergyman went to Killarney, made inquiries at the hotels, and soon learned that an American gentleman had lost this pocket-book. The American was able to say what sum was in the book; not a shilling of this was missing, and a reward was offered to the lad who had found it. He wanted no reward, he said, but if the gentleman was so kind as to wish to help him, he would like to emigrate. He was taken into the gentleman’s employment, in Boston I think, and has ever since prospered well. …

    See the whole long article –…


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