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A cave deep in the woods would always hold the attraction of exploration and the thrill of danger, especially for the young at heart! Where is this one and has the scene changed much in the last 150 years?

Rory_Sherlock was first to identify this as 'Badger's Cave', one of the colourfully named features of Blarney Castle and Gardens, and one of at least two caves beneath the old castle itself. The other, according to the equally colourful description of the Castle's website is known as 'the Dungeon'....

Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton

Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence

Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection

Date: between ca. 1860-1883

NLI Ref: STP_1588

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


Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
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    • 26/Nov/2018 08:57:39

    I reckon I have banged my head off that rock. I just need to remember where.

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    abandoned railways

    • 26/Nov/2018 09:17:50

    .....having recently been upgraded, this eco-friendly residence is now on the market.

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    • 26/Nov/2018 09:21:29

    Can't place it. I'm sure I know it, though.

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    • 26/Nov/2018 09:21:55

    I think that's one of the caves under Blarney Castle - here's a modern image from Flickr (jodee_gldcst) www.flickr.com/photos/20543307@N08/4846891823/in/photolis...

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    • 26/Nov/2018 09:30:05

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/139877639@N08] Well Done! That's it. Did we have this one on here in living memory, btw? Your photo looks familiar.

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    • 26/Nov/2018 09:38:23

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/139877639@N08] Well done, you need to be up early to get ahead of [https://www.flickr.com/photos/8468254@N02]

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    • 26/Nov/2018 09:39:48

    Has the [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] run out of DOG photos???

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    • 26/Nov/2018 09:43:05

    Blarney Bear lives here !

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    • 26/Nov/2018 11:01:32

    BearView! - youtu.be/N8y6D0sjhbY Known as Badgers Cave? - youtu.be/K9JU7Es4ScE [https://www.flickr.com/photos/skauthen2/22857450049/]

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    • 26/Nov/2018 11:10:25

    Cave bears. Identified random cave. Happy Monday.

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    • 26/Nov/2018 12:24:52

    The heighbouring Stereo Pair - STP_1587 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000564902 - is also of Blarney Castle [imho].

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    Carol Maddock

    • 26/Nov/2018 13:17:07

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/79549245@N06] Never! We have more dogs here at Library Towers than you could shake a stick at...

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    • 26/Nov/2018 13:28:44

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/47297387@N03/] thank you.

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    • 26/Nov/2018 13:43:44

    the dog star is always close to the great bear,

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Nov/2018 00:42:53

    Thanks [https://www.flickr.com/photos/139877639@N08]. Map tags, and description all duly updated :) (As an aside, I [Evening Mary] recognised this immediately. Not because of some inate and unfathomable ability to derive location from the shadow from a blade of grass [I'm looking at you [https://www.flickr.com/photos/8468254@N02], [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley], [https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet], et al]. But because this was a near fabled cave to us as children. Or, at least, the promise of going back there "this time with torches!". Having been back there since, now electrified and lit, it has lost that FamousFive/exploration/mystery appeal...)

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 28/Nov/2018 09:00:11

    Perfect capture