The ruin and the cross

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For most of our old photographs the vegetation will have increased in the area since it was taken but in this case hope and suspect that it has actually reduced. An old overgrown building, in a marshy, reed covered field with a distinctive high cross should be easy to find?

With lightening reflexes, O Mac identified this as the church and high cross of the monastery (founded in the 6th century) on Inishmacsaint, Lough Erne. The chaps at the base of the cross really do give some sense of scale....

Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton

Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence

Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1860-1883

NLI Ref: STP_1430

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
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    O Mac

    • 20/Sep/2018 07:37:51

    Inishmacsaint Church and Cross on Lower Lough Erne

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    Carol Maddock

    • 20/Sep/2018 07:53:32

    [[email protected]] Speedy Gonzalez this morning! :)

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    • 20/Sep/2018 08:10:43

    Flickr is sometimes amazing! Cross and ruins were still there four days ago [!] on 16/9/2018, via [[email protected]/] [[email protected]/41256521590/] From a fabulous Flickr album -[email protected]/albums/72157623321339786

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    domenico milella

    • 20/Sep/2018 08:51:39

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album.

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    • 20/Sep/2018 09:00:29

    I wonder if these are the same two characters -

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    O Mac

    • 20/Sep/2018 10:15:49

    [] They're a right stereo pair of characters.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 20/Sep/2018 10:20:54

    6" map link

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    Niall McAuley

    • 20/Sep/2018 11:54:15

    wikipedia article, summary: Monastery founded in the 6th century by Saint Ninnidh, probably destroyed in raids of the 9th and 10th.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 20/Sep/2018 23:52:31

    Thanks [[email protected]]! Speedy Gonzalez indeed :)

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 24/Sep/2018 08:00:10

    great capture