From the heights of Galway with Monkey Morgan to the rocks of south Galway/north Clare with the Aran Islands in the background, in a typical Robert French image. Dongore which French assigns to Galway, or Doonagore which the cataloguer assigns to Clare, looks like a grand place for a walk. But would you want to live there?
+++ UPDATE +++
The Lawrence glass plate negative may well say Galway, but Doonagore Castle is absolutely, without a doubt, indubitably in Co. Clare. The castle looks a little down-at-heel in this photo, but was fully restored in the 1970s, and is a private home. Thanks to Niall McAuley’s
work on another Clare photo
, we can narrow the date of this one from around 1865-1914, right down to around 1905-1910.
Photographer: Robert French
Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection
NLI Ref: L_ROY_04127
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