Lady's Island, Co. Wexford

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Where: 1 Lakeside, Eardownes Great, Co. Wexford, Ireland

When: Unknown

Believe it or not this photo was selected because it was felt that it would sit well in our "Focus on our Photographers" album. I will leave it up to you to discover the reason for its inclusion. As a bonus we have a lovely photo of Lady's Island.

As quickly spotted by beachcomberaustralia, Niall McAuley and others, this image of the village and church of Lady's Island (at least partially through the gate arch of Lady's Island Castle) includes pieces of photographic kit in the right foreground. If the spare lens didn't give it away, as Niall points-out, we've seen this box a few times before. On this occasion it has followed French to the site of a(nother) holy well on Lady's Island Lake...


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: 1880-1900

NLI Ref: L_CAB_06447

You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 30/May/2017 07:34:19

    I spy with my little eye - something beginning with "B"..

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 30/May/2017 08:09:53

    Ooo! The Church of the Assumption is a Pugin and Ashlin design - opened 1864. "The church has been described as being 'an ecclesiastical architectural gem unsurpassed by any other in the kingdom' (E. Hore 1875)." From - www.ourladysisland.ie/index.php/the-church Interior by [https://www.flickr.com/photos/photo_nua/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/photo_nua/31493343486/]

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/May/2017 08:11:17

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Belfry?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/May/2017 08:54:30

    A nearby streetview in Google maps.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/May/2017 09:03:16

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Is that a lens beside your B?

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 30/May/2017 09:20:16

    Beer Cooler?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/May/2017 09:25:53

    I see a camera box, but no Jaunty!

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    j.coffey78

    • 30/May/2017 09:38:53

    Ceamara bosca ?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/May/2017 10:04:34

    Apart from the box, i don't see an obvious Photographer connection. Lawrence and French were both from Dublin.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/May/2017 10:07:51

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] The connection is the Box and the Lens? - I am sure it was not planned that they should be in the photo. I am presuming they belong to French.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/May/2017 10:50:41

    Yes, that box is in many photos. Not sure we have seen a lens lying about like that before...

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 30/May/2017 10:51:10

    The Box might belong to the waistcoated fellow with a dirty bottom, who is also centre frame here sitting on a muddy wall - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000334150 (leaning tower 1) It seems that Mr French / Lawrence visited Our Lady's Island at least twice. These photos were taken later due to the taller trees near the church, and a semi-whitewashed house on the left of the church - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000321801 (archway 2) catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000322444 (leaning tower 2) I'm not sure which visit these ones belong to - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000318074 (graveyard) catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000318073 (shrine) catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000321800 (reverse view)

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 30/May/2017 12:05:44

    B? No boat, river Bank is the best I can do...

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 30/May/2017 12:06:18

    Men on Lady's Island? ironic.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/May/2017 23:14:56

    Thanks all! No doubt Jaunty will be along to pack-up the box shortly. In the meantime I've updated the map, tags, etc.

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    O Mac

    • 31/May/2017 00:47:46

    As there was only one family living on Lady's Island in 1901 there's a good chance that the young lad looking over the wall is James Druham.(18). If it is him and he looking younger (15/16ish) it would date the photo around 1898...ish . Edit Arra musha, wasn't there another brother John( 25) there in 1911 ,,,, who has now only confused things.

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    sam2cents

    • 31/May/2017 12:10:50

    A relative was only just telling me about the annual spring pilgrimage to Lady's Island and it's certainly intriguing. This is a superbly composed image, and shot in a style that photographers don't do so much these days. It really showcases the location.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 01/Jun/2017 16:40:27

    I think the main pilgrimage is on the 15th of August, Feast of the Assumption. According to what I've heard, it's the largest 'Pattern Day' (patron day celebration) in the country.