Amerikkay over the way

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Where: Ulster, Donegal, Ireland

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For those living on Ireland's west coast over the millennia cliffs such as these must have appeared as if they were living on the edge of the world! (Flat earthers would agree of course) Wild, rugged, wind and sea swept it must have been true hardship for those stationed there?

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865 - 1914

NLI Ref: L_ROY_01460

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/May/2022 08:18:32

    Previously, L_ROY_1461: Looking out at Look Out!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/May/2022 08:23:36

    Teelin Coastguard station which was built in 1871 and replaced an earlier coastguard station on the site that was apparently in existence in the early 1820s Yes, the DIA confirms 1871.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/May/2022 08:27:05

    Ruins of the station from the other side in Streetview.

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    • 05/May/2022 08:35:44

    Sometimes Flickr is amazing! In December 2020 via [] [] Edit - from a wonderful Teelin album -

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/May/2022 09:30:21

    Slightly less ruined in 1962 from the Tynan Collection

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    • 05/May/2022 10:45:53

    💡Mr Jaunty spotted in Teelin in his jaunty cap !! (we first met him at nearby Slieve League) - - L_IMP_1610. Close in the catalogue L_IMP_1608 has a fisherman - , who is also seen in L_ROY_01454 - , which is not too far in the catalogue numbers away from today's photo. Which makes me think this is early 1890s ... Aside - the fisherman mentioned above looks VERY similar to "Old Arthur Walker", a few decades on -

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    • 05/May/2022 17:44:14

    Is this the spot?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/May/2022 08:20:49[email protected] That is the spot, we see the watch house and flagstaff on the cliff, and the 1871 coastguard station with its tower on the left. We are not looking towards Amerikkay here, more like Ballyshannon, Enniskillen, Dundalk and perhaps Liverpool. The watch-house is looking towards Mayo, then a long stretch of ocean before hitting perhaps the Caribbean and Central America.