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Dunsany Castle in County Meath from the lens of the mighty "Monkey" Morgan! These big houses set in rolling pastureland, bright deciduous woodlands and clear streams are becoming a thing of the past but Dunsany still goes on. The stables look as magnificent as the house and that walled garden must be a haven of peace on a bright summers evening?

Photographer: Alexander Campbell “Monkey” Morgan

Collection: Morgan Aerial Photographic Collection

Date: ca. May 1954


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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Feb/2022 09:20:16

    The family home of author Lord Dunsany, aka Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany. Wikipedia says Ireland's possibly longest inhabited home. Lord Dunsany had retired to Kent leaving the castle to his son in 1947.

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    • 02/Feb/2022 09:36:49

    Niall McAuley

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    • 02/Feb/2022 09:46:11

    I see a ha-ha

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    John Spooner

    • 02/Feb/2022 09:50:41

    The satellite view shows that traces of the tennis court are still there - a sine qua non of the weekend house parties which frequently took place there 1900-1940 (if the society columns of the press are to be believed). I think the cricket pitch must have been in the large treeless area towards the modern L2207 directly behind the castle. There's a roughly rectangular patch of grass of a slightly different colour in the centre visible on the satellite view, which could be the wicket. "Lord Dunsany and his Eleven are playing a series of cricket matches at Dunsany Castle" (The Bystander - Wednesday 25 August 1909 in paragraph subtitled "Irish Junketings").

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    • 02/Feb/2022 09:50:51

    https://flic.kr/p/5HZdtX Via Arlene Evans

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Feb/2022 09:53:16

    At the NIAH: the castle, stables and farmyard. Just 3 entries in the DIA.

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    [email protected]

    • 02/Feb/2022 10:26:17

     Splendid picture ;-)

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    • 02/Feb/2022 10:34:14

    Here's where you get in: www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/51858250985/ Or not, in this particular case, as all the gates are shut.

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    • 02/Feb/2022 10:43:19

    The Lord Dunsany in 1954 was an interesting literary character - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Dunsany He was criticising modern poets a few months before this photo - "The new poets are bells of lead and I prefer the old chimes" - see - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/58095346?searchTerm=du... (includes a caricature of him) In 1953 there was a fashion show at the castle - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/27157833?searchTerm=du...

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    • 02/Feb/2022 16:39:03

    Since they have grudged you space in Merrion Square, And any monument of stone or brass, And you yourselves are powerless, alas, And your own countrymen seem not to care; Let then these words of mine drift down the air, Lest the world think that it has come to pass That all in Ireland treat as common grass The soil that wraps her heroes slumbering there. Sleep on, forgot a few more years, and then The ages, that I prophesy, shall see Due honours paid to you by juster men, You standing foremost in our history, Your story filling all our land with wonder, Your names, and regiment’s names, like distant thunder. Lord Dunsany

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    Aidrean S

    • 02/Mar/2022 12:08:55

    What a beautiful castle, it has a rich history dating back to 1180. The current building burnt down due to an arson attack back in 1981 and restoration works began within the castle in 2005 and in 2008, they inaugurated a golf course on its grounds to host the Solheim Cup 2011.