Garinish Island Tower, Glengarriff, Co. Cork

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Lawrence takes us on a visit to a Garinish Island that is more muckheap than garden. Is this now part of the fabulous gardens???

I am with sharon.corbet with regards to the inadequacies of some of the mapping systems, the flicker system has no entry whatsoever for Garnish Island.

The best comment in my opinion was posted by John Spooner wherein he relates an extract from:

"Our Autumn Trip through Munster part VI" which was published in The Huddersfield Chronicle and West Yorkshire Advertiser on Saturday, November 21, 1863
I have spoken of the little island with the Martello tower, lying about a mile down the Bay, from Glengariff, it is called Garnish Island. You may have a boat at the inn-door, and sail down to the place, and be back in less than an hour, and it is well worthy of a visit. A little two-oared boat swiftly bore us thither, and the boatman told us how that the tower there was built " for fear of the French;" for the year after "the invasion," fortifications were erected along the Bay, and on most of the islands. We landed at a rude jetty, rather hurriedly as the boatmen seemed to think, for one of them exclaimed: "Aisy, aisy, Sir! betther be sure than sorry," - a good maxim, worthy of being noted, like those of captain Cuttle.

The "invasion" referred to (as the article explains) was the attempt in 1796 to land a Fench army of 15000 men (with arms for 50000 more) in Bantry Bay.


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: The Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: between ca. 1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_ROY_08685

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/Jul/2015 06:57:10

    Bing Bird's Eye view of the Island. (Google's version is half covered in clouds. Though at least Google is aware of Garinish Island - if you try a "road" map in Bing, Garinish disappears completely...)

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/Jul/2015 07:18:26

    25" OSI Map showing the Martello Tower, and the adjoining structure. The NIAH claims it was built in 1805...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 29/Jul/2015 07:34:02

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Sharon, there is no Garnish Island on the Flickr map either!!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Jul/2015 07:42:36

    Modelled on the obviously mispelled Tour de Mortella in Corsica.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/Jul/2015 07:44:44

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] The "other" Garinish Island in Kerry doesn't help either...

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/Jul/2015 07:54:09

    There's a map of the gardens available on the Garinish Island website. (North is at the bottom.)

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    Carol Maddock

    • 29/Jul/2015 07:57:51

    From the Southern Star, 18 March 1911: Outlay of £2,500 Mrs Bryce, wife of Mr J A Bryce, M.P., is at present expending the sum of £2,500 in improving the Garnish Island, Glengarriffe. The outlay of such a large amount will have a beneficial effect, seeing that there are between 50 and 60 persons employed, and the work will last for some considerable time. She is building her future residence. As soon as the work is completed there won’t be a prettier structure in Ireland. There's a good map of the gardens on the Garnish Island site.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/Jul/2015 08:03:34

    There was a plan to use the Martello Tower as part of a mansion. Part of the plans

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/Jul/2015 08:35:12

    In 1911, the only inhabitants were the Sullivans a farmer and her four sons. The owners of the cattle?

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/Jul/2015 09:50:17

    According to Martello Towers Worldwide, this is actually the second Martello Tower on the site - the original tower being of very bad design and workmanship. By 1812 it had been levelled to the ground, and by September 1816, rebuilt.

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    John Spooner

    • 29/Jul/2015 10:33:14

    From "Our Autumn Trip through Munster part VI" which was published in The Huddersfield Chronicle and West Yorkshire Advertiser on Saturday, November 21, 1863

    I have spoken of the little island with the Martello tower, lying about a mile down the Bay, from Glengariff, it is called Garnish Island. You may have a boat at the inn-door, and sail down to the place, and be back in less than an hour, and it is well worthy of a visit. A little two-oared boat swiftly bore us thither, and the boatman told us how that the tower there was built " for fear of the French;" for the year after "the invasion," fortifications were erected along the Bay, and on most of the islands. We landed at a rude jetty, rather hurriedly as the boatmen seemed to think, for one of them exclaimed: "Aisy, aisy, Sir! betther be sure than sorry," - a good maxim, worthy of being noted, like those of captain Cuttle.
    The "invasion" referred to (as the article explains) was the attempt in 1796 to land a Fench army of 15000 men (with arms for 50000 more) in Bantry Bay.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Jul/2015 12:22:01

    The Martello tower is marked as (in ruins) on the 1842 6" map. The DIA has two 1911 entries for the proposed building of a house and Italianate garden for John Annan Bryce

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    John Spooner

    • 29/Jul/2015 13:43:16

    According to familysearch.org, Mrs Bryce's maiden name was Violet L'Estrange, and her father was the wonderfully-named Captain Champagné L'Estrange. [Nothing to do with Martello towers or Garinish Island, but I had to share that name]

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    Carol Maddock

    • 29/Jul/2015 14:18:57

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner] Best name EVER! And our second L'Estrange in July. Mr Duffin was also L'Estrange... [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/19432755216]

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Jul/2015 14:44:23

    Violet Bryce in 1911 census. There couldn't be two, could there? Husband John Arran in wikipedia

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    guliolopez

    • 29/Jul/2015 16:42:16

    As we know from previous discussions on this stream (image below), Bantry Bay was an important naval berth for some time. Hence it makes sense that there were a number of defensive structures around the bay - including 2 Martello Towers on Bere Island, with others on Whiddy and Garnish. See: Coastal fortifications of Cork (Wikipedia) www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/11850935903/

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    John Spooner

    • 29/Jul/2015 17:58:21

    The entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for Rev James Bryce, John Allen Bryce's grandfather says he was descended from landowners in Lanarkshire. My great-grandmother's maiden name was Bryce, and her father and grandfather (and probably their ancestors) owned land in Govan when it was a little fishing village, and part of Lanarkshire rather than Glasgow. So who knows, I might be very very distantly related to the owners of Garnish Island.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 29/Jul/2015 20:21:49

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Definitely the same Violet Bryce as she was born in Mauritius. “Violet’s own story is an interesting one: she was born in Mauritius to the improbably named Capt. Champagné L’Estrange and she was a cousin to Countess Markievicz and Eva Gore-Booth. It was while visiting other cousins in Glengarriff during the summer months that she began to have, quite literally, designs on the island and it was she who ultimately persuaded her husband to buy it. Locally, it was known that Violet’s sympathies were with ‘the Irish cause’. This was made abundantly clear in 1920, when she was arrested in Holyhead after crossing on the ferry to address a public meeting in Wales on the subject of ‘reprisals’. After spending the night in prison, she was deported and the matter was raised both in letters to the Times and in the Houses of Parliament, where her husband was an MP. She was also an early champion of the women’s movement, and her daughter, Margaret, went on to become a well-known suffragette.” (Southern Star, 11 September 2010) In the case of Champagné L’Estrange, Violet fell very far from the tree indeed. A letter printed in the Nation in December 1881 bristles with indignation at how L’Estrange had verbally insulted members of the Ladies’ Land League. Although maybe it was the Land League aspect that upset Capt. L’Estrange rather than women being politically active. He was a Resident Magistrate, and announced in the Courthouse at Tullamore that boycotting was on the rise in King’s County (Offaly). In the case of one local man who was being boycotted: “This was the last occasion on which they would receive warning of the unpleasant results which their unwise conduct would bring them … If they persisted in their hostility to the farmer he had mentioned, in a few days they would have an extra force of constabulary in the district, and they should bear the cost of their maintenance.” (Kildare Observer, 12 May 1883)

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 30/Jul/2015 02:37:19

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martello_tower For those such as I that didn't know what the Martello was...

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    sharon.corbet

    • 30/Jul/2015 04:01:43

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Mr. Duffin's mother was a L'Estrange from Hunstanton (or Huntston House) in Offaly. Violet L'Estrange's grandfather was from Moystown, Co. Offfaly - so they were next-door neighbours (and probably cousins of some sort.)

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    Débora Jassé

    • 31/Jul/2015 00:07:26

    Breathtaking!!!

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    Insomnious247

    • 31/Jul/2015 00:58:53

    Excellent!

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    Marco Tiano

    • 31/Jul/2015 02:14:27

    Favolosa!!!

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    Myles Green

    • 31/Jul/2015 03:11:02

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    roizroiz

    • 31/Jul/2015 03:39:01

    muy buena fotografía

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    54StorminWillyGJ54

    • 31/Jul/2015 05:17:25

    nice capture !

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    Joemon Plavunkal

    • 06/Aug/2015 17:44:31

    Well captured