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The mysterious Dublin house has been found… but it’s in Belfast

The history buffs on Boards.ie helped solve the architectural mystery within 24 hours.

REMEMBER THAT MYSTERIOUS ancestral Dublin home that US Reddit user Iludson was offering to pay €110 for the location of?

It’s actually in Belfast.

In an update posted on Reddit late last night, it was revealed that the house had been located by Boards.ie users, who were assisted in their investigation by readers of the original Reddit thread.

After looking through genealogical records, local directories and information shared by other posters, Boards.ie user shanew took to the forum at 10.30pm to suggest that this house – on Belfast’s Beechfield Street – might be the one the Americans were looking for.

Source: shanew/Boards.ie

The 1918 directory said the house was registered under the name of Maggie Mc Gouran, whose surname matched the maiden name of the great grandmother pictured visiting the home in the image posted online.

Just three hours later Iludson created a Boards account and logged in to reveal that shanew and the other house hunters on the thread had actually solved the mystery.

Just registered to thank everyone who has helped out. This is without question the house, even without the address from the passport application. I have PM’s going on Reddit to make sure we split up the reward properly. You deserve it so much and I wish I had more to give.You live in an incredible place, and are just amazing, wonderful people….

That might not be the end of it though: Iludson did hint that there was still a bit more digging to be done in future.

I might have to employ you guys to follow my own roots! I was in Ireland two years ago, to visit my cousin who my friend is traveling with. She and her mom (my grandmother’s niece) took me to my grandmother’s place of birth in the countryside close to Cavan, where her house used to be, and to the mailbox she used to walk through fields to – still standing. To her school as well. All so astounding and emotional for me. We lost her in 1994. I need to go back, and go deeper…..

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