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Where: Leinster, Co Longford, Ireland

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When: 01 June 1956

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It has been so long since I’ve been on a plane that I needed to get up in the air again, and Monkey Morgan obliged! This impressive view of Castleforbes in Longford makes an interesting offering for today. If the view is impressive, the castle and surrounding buildings are quite extensive and awe-inspiring. I wonder what is its current condition, and has it survived the ravages of the past 65 years of “progress”?

Photographer: Alexander Campbell “Monkey” Morgan

Collection: Morgan Aerial Photographic Collection

Date: June 1956

NLI Ref: NPA MOR2460

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/May/2021 08:16:25

    Looks to be unchanged today: OSI link and Google maps aerial view

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/May/2021 08:19:27

    8 entries at the DIA, most recent in 1923.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/May/2021 08:31:20

    Per the NIAH, it was remodelled in 1925 following fire damage.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/May/2021 08:37:17

    Arthur Patrick Hastings Forbes, the 9th Earl of Granard, would have been the boss on this date, according to thepeerage dot com

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/May/2021 08:44:40

    There are French/Lawrences in the catalogue like L_CAB_08263 which would be before 1925. The front wall to the right of the tower looks flat in the Monkey, not in the older Lawrence.

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    • 12/May/2021 08:48:09

    Mr French / Lawrence visited earlier. Evidently there used to be a large statue of a black man supporting a sundial on the lawn behind the round tower, which might hint as to where the money came from (see first and second links) - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000319666 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000331955 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000319665 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000331954 Edit - Flickr is sometimes déjà-ed ! [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/21680992271/]

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    • 12/May/2021 09:37:50

    Too good not to share - " ... Forbes House (Belgravia, their London house) was used to depict an Eastern European embassy, and Doris Day sang "Que Sera Sera" in the ballroom, in Alfred Hitchcock's film, The Man Who Knew Too Much. ..." of 1956 (same year as this photo). From - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbes_House,_Belgravia Watch the scene - youtu.be/_91hU6LDjoA

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    • 12/May/2021 10:37:01

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ .

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    John Spooner

    • 12/May/2021 12:00:06

    More on the damage in 1923:

    A party of armed men visited the castle on the night of 23rd February, 1923, and placed a bomb which exploded in the front entrance.
    Lord Granard had claimed £10,000 in compensation but in the end was granted £2,700 for damage to the building and £120 for furniture. (Weekly Freeman's Journal - Saturday 10 May 1924 & Dublin Evening Telegraph - Friday 06 April 1923)

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    • 12/May/2021 13:04:53

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Had a look on Megazoom it is a dog.

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    • 12/May/2021 17:32:06

    Monkey went where even Google couldn't go. This as near as you can go Google Earth Link earth.app.goo.gl/G9dFWS #googleearth

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    • 13/May/2021 01:50:52

    It seems that the Forbes' money comes from their considerable property as well as holding some lucrative offices of state. I may be missing something, but I'm not aware of any income from West Indian possessions or the slave trade-- perhaps there may have been indirect income through owning shares in banks or insurance companies, which was common at the time. Statues of Africans, Nubians, Ethiopians etc, were common decorations during orientalist periods (cf, the recent removal and replacement of the Sherbourne Hotel statues in Dublin).

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    • 13/May/2021 06:21:30

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/oursonpolaire Indeed.