It's a long, long way from Clare to here...

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When: 01 January 1890

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From the Siege of Derry to a big house somewhere in County Clare to end the week. I am not familiar with this place and wonder if it is still there and intact?

It seems that the title for this image was more apt than we thought. In that it is a long way to Clare - and actually in County Cork :) Based on today's inputs it seems clear that this image should be in both our 'possible catalgue correction' tag, and our 'no longer standing' album. As suggested by our Flickroonies and confirmed by the ever-useful NUIG Landed Estates project entry, this was a property belonging to the Earls of Listowel, between Mallow and Fermoy in County Cork. I saw was because, As with many other houses of the landed gentry, it was destroyed by arson in the 1921. According to the NIAH entries, some of the stables and lodge houses do remain....

Photographers: Unknown

Collection: Eblana Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1870-1890

NLI Ref: EB_0507

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
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    • 22/Feb/2019 08:49:46

    That'd be this job, I reckon:,-8.4191477,296m/data=!3m1...

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    • 22/Feb/2019 08:52:40


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    • 22/Feb/2019 08:53:38

    It's far enough from Clare.

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    • 22/Feb/2019 08:55:47

    Anyway, to answer the Q, it's gone. You can just see the ruins in the satellite image.

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    Nuragic Man~A bit less busy

    • 22/Feb/2019 09:06:54

    Vista su - Seen in: Flickr Global Vai a Flickr Global</p

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    • 22/Feb/2019 09:27:54

    Mr French / Lawrence went back there later. Spot the differences including the driveway post and chain fence and increased vegetation -

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    • 22/Feb/2019 09:39:00

    Convamore and the Earls of Listowel Beside the gate to the Church of Ireland there once stood the entrance to Convamore, the County Cork estate of the wealthy Hare family, Earls of Listowel. William Hare MP bought the Convamore estate around the year 1800. Through a clever combination of business and politics he later gained the titles Viscount Ennismore and Earl of Listowel. The enormous mansion stood within an impressive demesne. The grounds contained a tennis court and a golf course and there were twenty-five full-time employees: cooks, chambermaids, nannies, nurses, butlers, gardeners, ghillies, and gamekeepers. The family held estates of 30,000 acres in Cork and Kerry. William, the third and last Earl to live here was a Lord-in-waiting to Queen Victoria and a veteran of the Crimean War. The magnificent blue cedar, which still stands at Convamore, was planted in 1885 by Edward, Prince of Wales who later became King Edward VII of England. The Troubles: The War of Independence in Ballyhooly Little now remains of Convamore which was burnt by the IRA during troubled times in March 1921. The IRA’s claim that Lord Listowel was “an aggressively anti-Irish person” was the cause of great distress to the elderly Earl as he was popular in Ballyhooly and had lived there for 60 years. In retaliation, British soldiers blew up the Castle Tavern pub, situated at the crossroads, south of the River Blackwater.
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    • 22/Feb/2019 09:45:22

    I think this is "the magnificent blue cedar" of 1885 and Edward VII, which would be just out of shot in this photo, possibly where those sticks are on the right ... streetview -

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Feb/2019 10:37:47

    The Earl of Listowel and household in the 1911 census, and in 1901

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    abandoned railways

    • 22/Feb/2019 12:13:44 Convamore bridge, a short distance from the house. The Earl was involved with the railway, and had this bridge built for acces to the fields, instead of a crossing.

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    • 22/Feb/2019 20:09:43

    "The house, one of the first in Ireland to feature large plate glass windows, was much praised by contemporaries." ... "One fine summer evening in 1921 three country houses in North County Cork were burned down in retaliation for a reprisal. Convamore was the first to go. Lord Listowel's elderly niece, Mrs. Wrixon-Beecher was in the house at the time. She survived but was found wandering dazedly around the house without her false teeth, which perished in the fire." More slightly quirky history of the family and house -

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    Listenwave Photography

    • 23/Feb/2019 08:27:01

    Excellent atmosphere! Congratulations on Explore!

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    • 23/Feb/2019 13:39:35

    Excellent shot

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 23/Feb/2019 20:34:20

    Thanks so much to [] and[] for confirming the location and providing more info on it! Thanks also for the wishes/congrats on the Explore. Don't forget to fave and follow. :) </endshamelessplug>

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 26/Feb/2019 09:00:04