Rathmines in Bohernabreena?

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The Rathmines Waterworks in Bohernabreena is the subject of today's image from the Lawrence Collection and is a little bit hard to figure out? The water on the left appears to be a reservoir/lake, while that on the right an outflow/inflow channel? What it looks like today will be interesting to see.

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_ROY_10549

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    • 24/Feb/2021 08:58:20

    Somewhere near here? - GoogleMaps Satellite 3D (takes a while to load) - www.google.com/maps/@53.2372092,-6.3629554,60a,35y,132.86...

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    • 24/Feb/2021 09:16:53

    We are looking southeast 'upstream' at the upper reservoir. "The reservoirs at Bohernabreena were constructed between 1883 and 1887 for the dual purpose of supplying Rathmines with drinking water and of ensuring a constant supply of water to the many mills along the River Dodder. ... ... ... The waterworks consisted of two impounding reservoirs, the upper or clear water reservoir and the lower or mill owners’ compensatory reservoir. The gathering ground consisted partly of bog land which comprised the mountainous area around Castlekelly and stony land free from peat which lay on both sides of the glen. It was from the latter area that clear water was collected into the upper reservoir for drinking purposes. The peaty water off the bogs bypassed the upper reservoir in an artificially constructed channel. ..." From - localstudies.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/bohernabreena-water...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Feb/2021 09:22:51

    Bohernabreena Reservoir

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Feb/2021 09:24:14

    Bohernabreena Reservoir (video)

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    • 24/Feb/2021 09:36:03

    The Township of Rathmines being dissatisfied with the water quality from the adjacent canal built their own reservoir in Bohernabreena for their exclusive use. https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/49684605346/in/photolist-2iGsAbE via Liam Murphy

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    • 24/Feb/2021 13:18:10

    The reservoirs lie in Glenasmole Valley, the legendary home of Fionn Mac Cumhaill The original name Boher-na-Bruighne, meant ‘the road of the mansion’ and dates back to a time where great houses of hospitality or ‘breens’ were kept by chieftains for the benefit of travellers. Glenasmole is the location of many of the mythical stories of Fionn Mac Cumhaill and his band of Irish warriors, Na Fianna, who protected the king. ECHO

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    • 24/Feb/2021 20:29:15

    Designed by Richard Hassard for the Rathmines & Rathgar U.D.C. around 1850 - 1853. The design of the scheme enables the upper reservoir to collect clean hill water only, whilst bog-water passes by in an artificial watercourse, and cascades down to the lower reservoir. This must be the 'stream' shown in the photo. The water from the upper reservoir runs in an underground pipe downhill to the water treatment plant in Ballyboden. maps.archaeology.ie/historicenvironment/?REG_NO=50060001 www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/11220... Still in use to this day

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    O Mac

    • 24/Feb/2021 21:50:22

    Here in Galway City such watercourses as above are known as 'conduits'.. There's the Eastern conduit and Western conduit.. mill races by another name.

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    • 24/Feb/2021 22:44:37

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

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    • 25/Feb/2021 08:53:44

    www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Excellent bot of history. Anybody interested in a movie I had recently seen titled, "Black '47", especially for those who speak Irish.

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 09/Mar/2021 09:00:07

    wow..very nice