Crumlin Lodge, Indreabhán (Inverin), Conamara (Connemara), the creative energy behind the Roxy Music mega album, Avalon
Above is a painting of the original Crumlin Lodge. The tight road funnels across a small bridge in the center of the picture. Just beyond the bridge is the gatehouse of Crumlin Lodge and in the background we see the roof on Crumlin Lodge itself. To the left is Lough Ugga Beag and to the right is Lough Ugga Mór. The buildings are surrounded by a unique collection of fora. Its almost tropical and looks so out of kilter with the surrounding bog.
I created the website www.connemarasouth.com to help the online presence of small local business in Connemara (Cois Fharraige). I traveled most of the small roads into the bog. On one occasion I met a Martin Costello. Martin brought the initial story of Crumlin Lodge to me and was central to the story through the 70's to today.
I came across the story of a large lodge, mistakenly built by the British Army in the bog, bought by an eccentric English man, frequented by Bryan Ferry, his kids and wife, used as a rehearsal studio for the album Avalon and used for the photo shoot of Avalon, before tragically burning down and leaving many, many memories.
But, the location remains in a stunning, remote inlet, surrounded by lakes. Crumlin Lodge, Indreabhán, Conamara, Avalon.
Taken by me @ Ugga Mór
Slightly different aspect
Martin played with the Ferry children and was there through the time Roxy Music visited the area. His family became close to the Helmores.
Crumlin Lodge has many secrets and there is more to come, however, I will finish this piece off with an extract from The Irish Time and maybe some day you will drop to Spiddal or Indreabhán for a chat :-)
A retired insurance broker living in Connemara died when fire engulfed his home, a lakeside fishing lodge, early yesterday morning. Mr Patrick Helmore (73) had lived alone in the two-storey house, Crumlin Lodge, near Inverin. The blaze destroyed the building.
Mr Helmore had been semi-invalid. His daughter Lucy was married to the singer Bryan Ferry, a regular visitor to the wooden lodge during the early 1980s.
Mr Ferry featured the lodge on the cover of his 1982 Avalon album, which reached number one in the British charts. He composed some of his music there and was a regular visitor to some of the local pubs during his visits to Connemara.
The cause of the fire has not yet been established. A loud bang at 7 a.m. yesterday awoke the caretaker, Mr Martin Costello, who lives in a gate lodge on the grounds. Mr Costello raised the alarm and ran to the house, which was ablaze. He broke a window in an attempt to get inside, but was forced back by the flames.
Two units of Galway Fire Brigade spent four hours damping down the building.
Mr Helmore had been twice married. He is survived by six children.
Bryan Ferry returned to carry the coffin of Patrick Helmore to the local graveyard in Indreabhán.