Hallowed walls and halls

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Where: Kerry, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1900

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I am willing to bet that this mornings offering is not Ashford Castle though is is very impressive and that ivy overcoat does add to the sense of time and majesty! I cannot speak this morning as my mouth is full of a virtual sticky bun all the way from Oz! They do make wonderful virtual sticky buns out in the Antipodes :-)

Thanks today to Mike Grimes for quickly identifying this as Ross Castle near Killarney in County Kerry...


Photographer: Fergus O’Connor

Collection: Fergus O’Connor Collection

Date: c.1900 - 1920

NLI Ref: OCO 249

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    Oretani Wildlife (Mike Grimes)

    • 26/Oct/2016 08:27:52

    It's Ross Castle in Killarney. goo.gl/maps/nhs8jYEuYUH2

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    Niall McAuley

    • 26/Oct/2016 08:58:30

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeegee] Well done! It has been restored, but only from the 1970s, no help with dates. GeoHive OSI 25" map link

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    Niall McAuley

    • 26/Oct/2016 09:04:01

    This Welch in the archive is 1900-1910 or 20, and has less ivy, so perhaps a little earlier, moving this one to likely nearer 1920? The Welch does not seem to have the nice new stone walls along the approach visible in todays shot.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 26/Oct/2016 09:05:03

    Wikipedia is helpful - there is a photo in the 1890s with much less ivy, which points to this one being later - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ross_Castle includes this gem -

    There is a legend that O'Donoghue leaped or was sucked out of the window of the grand chamber at the top of the castle and disappeared into the waters of the lake along with his horse, his table and his library. It is said that O'Donoghue now lives in a great palace at the bottom of the lake where he keeps a close eye on everything that he sees.
    Edit: The photo is on flickr - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/4426658143/]

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 26/Oct/2016 09:07:32

    Droneview!! It is a good one. Fasten your virtual seatbelts ... youtu.be/7_NG7fGzGaE

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    Niall McAuley

    • 26/Oct/2016 09:08:49

    No, this French/lawrence has the walls (brand new looking) an intermediate amount of ivy, and no roof railings. It is dated 1880-1900, suggesting that the Welch is actually earlier.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 26/Oct/2016 09:28:59

    In August 1861, if it helps (look at the provenance!) https://www.flickr.com/photos/britishmonarchy/13716603244/

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 26/Oct/2016 09:32:57

    And "circa 1875" from the other NLI flickr account ... https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/5929025491/

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 26/Oct/2016 11:48:46

    Thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeegee for the quick identification - have duly rung the "location identified" bell and updated the map. Also a great idea all on using the ivy growth to guesstimate the range. The comparison to the earlier (pre 1900) images does seem to confirm that the range (1900-1920) is likely broadly correct. (FYI - I'm not sure I'd use the existence/non-existence of the roof railings in the Lawrence image as a guide. As we know, some of the "sky photoshopping" undertaken in the studio was sometimes a bit aggressive :) ) For now I've updated to c.1900 - but perhaps the middle of the range is a safer bet...

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    acrid thumb

    • 26/Oct/2016 15:39:02

    Muy linda esta foto!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Oct/2016 06:10:39

    I have just added "He always had a dog with him" to our 50,000+ Views Album. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/8511658533/stats/ Click below to view our most popular photos. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/sets/72157651136879037

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    philfluther

    • 27/Oct/2016 09:32:41

    Anomalous yew. To pair, Muckross Abbey cloister yew.