Ireland’s answer to the Cerne Abbas Giant?

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Where: Leinster, Carlow, Ireland

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When: 01 April 1955

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This Monkey Morgan view of a housing estate in Carlow looks like an ancient hillside drawing, with greater geometric precision, but without the artistic flare of the ancients? We may be able to see where this was, but can we see what it looks like today?

+++ UPDATE +++
Google satellite view (thanks beachcomber australia) allows us to imagine ourselves in a cockpit along with the intrepid Monkey Morgan. Meanwhile, our own Morning Mary is very disappointed with the answer to her query about the weird markings in the huge field at bottom right. She’s always on the prowl for a good story or bit of scandal. However, it seems that “modified herring bone pattern in field is for land drainage” according to George FitzPatrick.

Photographer: Alexander Campbell “Monkey” Morgan

Collection: Morgan Aerial Photographic Collection

Date: April 1955

NLI Ref: NPA MOR1081

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