It has been a long time since we had an image from the Wiltshire Collection, so an early morning view of Iveagh House seems like a great way to redress that loss! This is one of Morning Mary’s favourite buildings in Dublin and the interior is even better than it’s splendid exterior!
+++ UPDATE +++
We had a fabulously ghosty story
from Bernard Healy
about Holy Thursdays in Dublin, and the widespread belief that a cross appeared in one of the windows of Iveagh House – so widespread that crowds used to gather outside in the hopes of seeing the cross. An article in the Evening Herald newspaper
from June 1976 confirmed this long-held Dublin belief. Sadly, it seems it was just a great story, and nothing but “a natural flaw in the original glass caused the vision of the cross”.
And do read beachcomber australia's
story from Trove for a flaming example of a scathing Edwardian burn
against Lord Iveagh and his decorating notions...
Photographer: Elinor Wiltshire
Collection: Wiltshire Photographic Collection
NLI Ref: WIL 35
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