"River, single arch bridge in foreground, small modern church, adjoining church ruin, modern square tower background" is Cong

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Where: Ashford Lodge, Abbey St, Cong South, Cong, Co. Mayo, Ireland

When: Unknown

I just love putting up these images from the Stereo Pairs Collection! There is something other worldly about them, a really distinctive view into the past and in stereo to boot! This image with its long and convoluted catalogue description has really caught my fancy with the mix of aspects, the bridge, the stone walls, the ruins, the apparently 'in use' church buildings and the more modern structures in the background. Who will be first to identify them and give us a location - The Lemur, Sharon, Niall, That guy from the land down under? Lets go....

And indeed it was Niall (quickly corroborated by Stuart) who gave us the location - as the church and abbey at Cong, County Meath. Confirming that very little around here remains unknown for too long...


Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton

Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence

Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1860-1883

NLI Ref: STP_1928

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    Inverarra

    • 25/Jul/2017 08:08:13

    Look forward with confidence to finding out where this great photo is located.

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 25/Jul/2017 09:05:02

    Are you aware there is a viewing device called a stereoscope? I actually own a Sokkia M27 Mirror Stereoscope.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 25/Jul/2017 09:43:51

    Cong?

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    RETRO STU

    • 25/Jul/2017 09:46:50

    Yes, does look like Cong! That 19th century church was replaced c.1973. www.wejchert.ie/projects/project-detail/cong-church-co.-mayo

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    Niall McAuley

    • 25/Jul/2017 09:47:04

    Check the ruins in this streetview of Cong. If this is it, I think the "modern church" is gone.

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    O Mac

    • 25/Jul/2017 09:47:38

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] yep. www.google.ie/maps/@53.5397634,-9.2864746,3a,75y,316.79h,...

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    sharon.corbet

    • 25/Jul/2017 09:52:10

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] French was there too: catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000339686

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    O Mac

    • 25/Jul/2017 09:56:56

    The Reverend and Mrs. Playfair's house has yet to be built.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 25/Jul/2017 09:57:29

    Spot the differences - no Mutton Chops Man (see note) - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000339686 Ed. @ www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet/ Snap - yet again!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 25/Jul/2017 10:19:12

    And this from the Thomas J. Wynne album - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000227793

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    Inverarra

    • 25/Jul/2017 10:55:18

    Cong it is then. Thanks Niall & Stuart.

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    Foxglove

    • 25/Jul/2017 12:03:47

    one of the joys of this stream is the skill of the detectives in the threads before me - I am still at the dog and barefoot child stage :-)

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 25/Jul/2017 13:42:08

    Bit of a Red Herring, but imho interesting - That Wynne Album has several interesting early photos of Cong, including a fabulous one of Father Pat Lavelle (1825 - 1886) reading a book to a greyhound DOG - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000227804 . Fr Lavelle was the Parish Priest at Cong from 1869 to 1886 (likely when this photo was taken) and had a fascinating life, including trying to steal back the Cross of Cong from the National Museum of Ireland. See - tourmakeady.weebly.com/father-pat-lavelle.html

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 25/Jul/2017 13:50:37

    One of the details in the Lavelle story above is that the church had a thatched roof which blew off in the "Great Wind of 1869" (!!), and the Cross was swapped for 100 guineas to tile the roof. So this photo must be after 1869. Is the nave of the new church not yet built? It is an odd shape ...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 25/Jul/2017 14:05:15

    Excellent stuff [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] and [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] (and [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] and others for the corroboration). Have updated the map (and description) accordingly!

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    Bernard Healy

    • 25/Jul/2017 14:20:55

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] I would add that the tiled roof doesn't look especially new. The decorations along the ridge show evidence of being a bit weather-beaten.

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    Inverarra

    • 25/Jul/2017 22:15:20

    Think the night of the big wind ( Oiche na Gaoithe Móire) was 1839.

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    i-lenticularis

    • 02/Aug/2017 08:15:49

    I'll have you know that there are st least two guys from the land Down Under perusing this fine group! ☘️😃

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/Aug/2017 09:05:58

    Great [https://www.flickr.com/photos/smoooooth-lll] - You are very welcome! Or should I say, "¡ǝɯoɔlǝʍ ʎɹǝʌ ǝɹɐ no⅄"

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 02/Aug/2017 10:32:05

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] Oooo - Hoʍ pᴉp ʎon po ʇɥɐʇ¿ www.upsidedowntext.com/

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    i-lenticularis

    • 03/Aug/2017 13:20:58

    ˙ʍouʞ noʎ sᴉɥʇ ǝʞᴉl ǝʇᴉɹʍ oʇ ʇɥƃᴉɹ ǝɥʇ ǝʌɐɥ ǝʍ ʎluo 'ǝʇɐɯ ʇnq 'noʎ ʞuɐɥʇ ʎɥM