Bridge and Stronghold - The following plates are not lettered and therefore not authentic, Athy, Co. Kerry

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Where: Apartment 1, Sráid an Diúic, Athy, Baile Átha Í, Co. Contae Chill Dara, Ireland

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This fine shot of the bridge and stronghold at Athy is from the Eason Collection. I have deliberately included the title as shown because it raises questions and of course Athy is NOT in Co, Kerry!
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As today's commenters note, we've visited the delightfully named Cromaboo Bridge and White's Castle each previously. BeachcomberAustralia suggests that (based on the ivy growth on the castle, and possibly coroberated by the fashions visible on the megazoom[tm]) today's image may predate the previously shared image of White's Castle - which was proposed to date to the 1920s or later....


Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: c.1900-1939 (though possibly <1920s per comments)

NLI Ref: EAS_2402

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 05/Jan/2017 10:39:49

    In 2010 via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/roamingpaddy/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/roamingpaddy/4616277224/] And the inscription on the middle of Cromaboo bridge via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/], see comments - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/22876029957/]

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    j.coffey78

    • 05/Jan/2017 14:43:41

    Crom a Boo, known to Historians as the war cry of the Fitzgeralds. but to every Athy person it means just one thing - the graceful humped-back bridge which spans the River Barrow in the centre of the town. On the 23rd May, 1796 the first stone of the new bridge was laid by Robert Duke of Leinster. Crom a Boo Bridge while still in its infancy was to witness many cruel acts. Trial by Court Martial was a common occurrence in Athy during the months of May and June 1798. Seven men were tried, convicted and hanged in the town in the early days of June. ----- Frank Taaffe, Athy.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 05/Jan/2017 20:51:02

    Much less ivy / creeper on White's Castle than here - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000332526 - or here (late 1920s) - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/16293997882/]

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Jan/2017 00:10:35

    Thanks all - tags/map/etc all updated!

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 06/Jan/2017 09:00:06

    nicely framed

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    Billy '76

    • 07/Jan/2017 02:32:14

    Great picture. I've walked to Athy many a time, which takes about four hours starting from Carlow. www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/14741141501/