The ashes of despair

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When: 01 January 1890

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From the Hallowed Halls of Library Towers to the ultimate in human desolation for todays photograph. A wee cottage in Glenbeigh has been reduced to its constituent parts, the walls a mere pile of stones. The future for such a family must have been bleak in the extreme. What can we learn about this horrific scene? (By the way Beachcomber no more puns are kneeded, I got the message :) )

Photographer: Thomas H. Mason

Collection: Mason Photographic Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1890-1910

NLI Ref: M21/41/3

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Dr. Ilia

    • 06/Sep/2018 08:00:08

    Well done my friend!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 06/Sep/2018 08:15:03

    Golly! They look familiar. I wonder ... [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/29046935853/]

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 06/Sep/2018 08:25:41

    Original was by Francis Guy - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000187819/Image?lookfor=http:...

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    domenico milella

    • 06/Sep/2018 09:20:07

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album.

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    Myrtle26

    • 06/Sep/2018 10:56:35

    One of ten houses burned down on January 12th 1887. The tenants owed rents over a long period but had nothing to pay it so they were homeless in the depth of winter. The landlord Winn was broke, having no rents and having squandered a great deal. His title passed to Rowland Allinson Winn, Lord Headley. He had been an engineer in India and became a Muslim. He was the first Muslim to sit in the House of Lords, styling himself as Sheikh Ramatullah al Farouq. Incidentally, the original landlord had built a castle which is still to be seen and known as Winn's Folly; for though servants stayed in it for a time it was never really habitable. The reason is that the architect who had already designed Dromore Castle was head over heels in love with the actress Ellen Terry and found it difficult to think straight. Glad you are well again at Library Towers!

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    John A. Coffey

    • 06/Sep/2018 11:03:36

    Maybe not from the Glenbeigh Evictions 29th Jan` 1887

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    Myrtle26

    • 06/Sep/2018 11:16:30

    Hi John, The Illustrated London News of that date gives many names and numbers of children left homeless. It is sad reading. It hasn't any of the above story from the point of view of the Winns nor does it say they were broke as, indeed, were many other landlords - though not all. From all this sorrow of the poor and beating of 'the lords and ladies gay' the Ireland of today has emerged with land ownership by the farmers whereas in 1870 only 3% of occupiers of land owned the land they occupied. The Irish bought out the land with English Government money thereby breaking the clan system.

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    John A. Coffey

    • 06/Sep/2018 11:51:13

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/mosskayree] Mossy when I put up my little post I had not seen yours. Is there another film script here for somebody?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 06/Sep/2018 12:30:46

    Read All About It! Via several contemporary Trove articles; difficult to tell whose house this was - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/170598864 trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/19923448 trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/115449552 trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/217684165 And this is of interest - "Photo-magic lantern slides" used in a 1891 lecture - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/115569268

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 06/Sep/2018 12:40:17

    On the other photo, [https://www.flickr.com/photos/8468254@N02/] suggested this for a location - goo.gl/maps/JwtPyFfx1po . Difficult to see on the streetview, but the land goes down to the sea and a distant line of mountains. Easier in 3D.

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    maorlando - God keeps me as I lean on Him!!

    • 06/Sep/2018 21:14:05

    So sad.. poignant image!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Sep/2018 23:42:20

    Hi all. Apologies for any confusion. That I have either caused. Or am about to cause. Or which may be entirely in my own head. But the catalogue description of this one seems to suggest that this is Glenbeigh (Glenveagh?) County Donegal. Rather than Glenbeigh (Iveragh) County Kerry. Before I map this to the southern province, what do we think?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 07/Sep/2018 03:10:03

    The original Francis Guy photo (see link above) says "Co. Kerry". [totally confused!]

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    sharon.corbet

    • 07/Sep/2018 06:45:47

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] There is another pair of photos with the Mason version in Donegal but the Francis Guy one catalogued as Kerry. Francis Guy was based in Cork, so Kerry may be a bit more likely. They may also have been taken at the same time as this one, which is definitely in Kerry: [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/5559554308/]

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    sam2cents

    • 08/Sep/2018 11:44:27

    It's important to see images like this, and very poignant. People think it could never happen again, but it is already starting to happen, and a sort of landlord class is emerging, although many landlords are good and decent people. But it's a very dangerous situation. I've never seen these photos before so thanks to all concerned for posting them.