Laying the foundations for a new pier. But where?

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Where: Connaught, Galway, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1892

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Good morning, and welcome to a new week of photos from Library Towers! We've only seen two of our Tuke photos on here before, so I hope you will enjoy digging out this location, cementing a date, buttressing your answers. Fully expect that pesky Lemur to pop up with the answer in three, two, one.... (P.S. Wouldn't mind finding out a wee bit more about Major Ruttledge-Fair and/or James Hack Tuke. 'Twas the Major who took these photos for Mr Tuke.)

'Twasn't the Lemur this time, but O Mac who quickly identified this as Bealadangan Bridge, County Galway while under construction. Given that the bridge apparently opened c.1895, our 1892 date seems quite solid. (Like these foundations, which seemingly still stand after c.125 years....)


Photographer: Major Ruttledge-Fair

Collection: Connemara Album

Date: 1892

NLI Ref: TUKE28

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 07/Jun/2019 15:40:21

    The other Tukes we've had before were the Galway Mail Car https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/6216912152/ And some very giddy schoolboys https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/6249211578/

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    O Mac

    • 10/Jun/2019 07:56:47

    This was taken at Bealadangan Connamara maps.app.goo.gl/Sr7TMx24yGf16vu36

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    abandoned railways

    • 10/Jun/2019 08:02:07

    Is it a pier or Buttress for a bridge.

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    abandoned railways

    • 10/Jun/2019 08:03:11

    www.geograph.ie/photo/1496856

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    O Mac

    • 10/Jun/2019 08:03:47

    circa 1895 www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?type=record&...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Jun/2019 08:15:20

    Per the notes at Fred's geograph link: a swinging central bridge so that sailing craft could pass on the tide without hindrance, though the trade fell away in the 1950s and a fixed span was inserted

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 10/Jun/2019 08:17:50

    Here's one of those sailing craft with the distinctive conical navigation things nearby - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000230592

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Jun/2019 08:26:57

    The 25" let's us down today. This combo of modern aerial image with the 1830s OSI map shows that the old pre-bridge low tide crossing was a distance South of the causeway. This 2010 Streetview shows where that crossing would have been.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Jun/2019 08:33:16

    In the Archive: TUKE25, Two men rowing currach with one passenger, shows this causeway being buiilt in the background.

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    O Mac

    • 10/Jun/2019 08:53:08

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ They are called abutments. The central structure..... in this case not yet completed..... is a pier.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Jun/2019 09:10:58

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] No ands or abutments about it, you win the land speed (sea speed?) award for Location Identifying today.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 10/Jun/2019 09:42:55

    Trove comes up with this Connaught report in 1896 - "... Annaghvaan was connected two years ago [ie 1894] to the mainland at Bealadangan by a causeway and a large swivel bridge. This work was mainly paid for by the Congested Districts Board. The works are of a very substantial character, and will benefit to a very great degree the inhabitants." See - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/104410329/11729257# and a bit on the previous page - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/104410329/11729256

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 10/Jun/2019 10:03:48

    The gentlemen worked for the government it seems. books.google.ca/books?id=oh1cAAAAQAAJ&lpg=PA350&o... and onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/lookupname?key=...

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 10/Jun/2019 10:08:35

    Major Fair www.thepeerage.com/p45357.htm

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    O Mac

    • 10/Jun/2019 10:39:57

    The loss of the swing bridge is still bemoaned as boats with masts can no longer use this passage in and out to sea.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 10/Jun/2019 11:33:56

    James Hack Tuke (1819 - 1896) seems to have been an enlightened character - en.wikisource.org/wiki/Tuke,_James_Hack_(DNB00) "... Of slight erect figure, and of medium height, Tuke possessed an unusual grace and courtesy of manner and an almost magnetic influence over others. The unique position which he held may be inferred from the fact that, for the last sixteen years of his life, his advice on nearly all Irish questions was sought by the chief secretaries of both political parties. If it is too much to say that, in economic matters, their policy was his, it is at least true that almost all he advocated was in the end carried out. Still more striking is the fact that, although an Englishman and a valued adviser of the English government in Irish matters in the most stormy times, his personal integrity was never, and the wisdom of his projects was seldom, called in question by Irishmen of any political party." And his photo at wikipedia - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Hack_Tuke

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Jun/2019 12:24:19

    Anything on our photographic Major at all, at all?

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    abandoned railways

    • 10/Jun/2019 20:27:13

    Even in the 1880s, when the Congested Districts Board was being set up, another member of the family, Major Ruttledge Fair, was one of the first photographers to travel the west, chronicling the life of that time, in what have become priceless early photographs of rural Ireland.

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    abandoned railways

    • 10/Jun/2019 20:31:12

    Tuke and Ruttledge Emigration from Ireland; being the second report of the committee of "Mr. Tuke's Fund" : together with statements by Mr. Tuke, Mr. Sydney Buxton, Major Gaskell, and Captain... Published 1883 Author Ruttledge-Fair, Captain. Gaskell, W. P. Buxton, Sydney, 1853-1934. Tuke, James H. (James Hack), 1819-1896.

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    abandoned railways

    • 10/Jun/2019 20:43:53

    Ruttledge-Fair Landed Estates landedestates.nuigalway.ie:8080/LandedEstates/jsp/family-...

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    O Mac

    • 11/Jun/2019 13:00:38

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/abandonedrailsireland Beacon is far from disused.

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 21/Jun/2019 09:00:09

    Great Shot !!