Those of us who travelled the old N7 over many years will have been familiar with the ruin of a castle dominating the skyline outside Portlaoise. Signs indicated that this was the Castle of Dunamaise and I often wondered at the story behind it. It's position appeared to be strategically perfect, dominating the relatively flat lands of the nearby counties, that we wondered why it had never been restored by a local landlord or robber baron. Today we have an image of a drawing/print from the Mason Collection with the title "Grose: Queen's County - Dunamase Castle ruins
Photographer: Thomas H. Mason
Collection: Mason Photographic Collection
Date: 1890 - 1910
NLI Ref: M46/21
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
Flickr is sometimes Dunamazing! In 2016 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/31653356584/
Photo of an old print Dunamase castle plate 1 of 3 Antique copper line engraved print By Hooper and Newton for Francis GROSE (c.1731 . .1791) for The Antiquities of Ireland (2 vols., 1st in 1791) Pub. by Mr. Hooper, Sep 17 1794 So, published after his death
Here is the original engraving in the book online. The text ftartf a few pagef before - archive.org/details/GroseFTheAntiquitiesOfIrelandVol21795... And a link to a hi-res version of the image - ia800804.us.archive.org/BookReader/BookReaderImages.php?z...
Those look like cattle in the right foreground, but it's an enchanted ass you'd have to watch out for. If the Kerry Evening Post of Wednesday 11 June 1845 is to believed, (it mentions a policeman called Fox, after all) or rather if Michael Tynan, the defendant in a court case is to be believed, then there's a lot more going on at the Rock of Dunamase than is mentioned in the wikipedia article. The account of the proceedings begins as followsThat's when it gets weird. The defendant then goes on to explain why his ass is enchanted, recounting an incident involving (amongst many other things): A transcript of the complete article can be found here [BTW I couldn't help noticing that in the next case reported John Burke was fined (also 6d and costs) for "allowing one of his pigs to rusticate on the highway".] PS "Spancil" is a new word to me. I'm going to use it at every opportunity today, should any ass-hobbling work come my way.
From 2012, my home county. www.flickr.com/photos/brendan_doyle/albums/72157631694155856
Apologies for hijacking, but some of you might be interested in the fact that I've managed to identify the architect of the church in Finny, Co Mayo that we saw a couple of days ago. I'd love to know if any of you can add further infomation about him. www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/52322892242/#comment72157...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Good work, that explains the family resemblance between the two churches
Castle of Dunamaise - November 2021 www.flickr.com/photos/catb/52331212324/in/dateposted/