A Fortress of learning - reflected.

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Standing proud over it's own reflection on a still lake makes Letterkenny College look more like a seat of power rather than a seat of learning! Such a distinctive building must have a story and the question is does it still stand as proud and a beautiful today?

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865 - 1914

NLI Ref: L_ROY_09323

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    • 26/Jun/2019 07:57:41

    It's still there - rear Streetview. St. Eunan's College was opened in 1906 and "was founded as a minor seminary, to prepare young men for the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church."

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    • 26/Jun/2019 07:59:01

    Now known as St Eunan's College and formerly the diocesan college for the diocese of Raphoe, it's still there. Not sure about that pond though.

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    • 26/Jun/2019 08:05:28

    NIAH entry. It's not on the 25" OSI Map. but is on the 6" Cassini.

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    • 26/Jun/2019 08:10:47

    Flickr is sometimes amazing! In 1909 (according to the Valentine dating site) via https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/7770120002/

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    • 26/Jun/2019 08:14:19

    I think it has just been built and not yet landscaped; all those scaffolding planks and the wild shrubbery ...

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    • 26/Jun/2019 09:32:10

    Via Trove, a 1904 article about the laying of the foundation stone, with this description of the plans - "...The plans of the college were exhibited on the grounds, and were greatly admired. The design is of quite a unique character, and in style may be said to represent a revival of the old Celtic architecture, some excellent features of which are to be found in the ruins of the old shrines and monasteries of Tiroonnail, as well as on the Rock of Cashel, and in Clare. Amongst the outstanding features of the design are the four great round towers projecting from the exterior angles of the noble quadrangular building, and the inner courtyard, surrounded by an open cloister and corridor with its heavy stone circular columns and circular-headed traceried arcading. The elevations are well broken by stone turrets and irregular embattlements along the line of the eaves, with running mouldings, broken at intervals by boldly projecting Celtic block carvings and sculptures adapted in a great measure from some of the best ancient examples. The great entrance doorways and windows are treated in a purely Celtic manner, with great dividing columns and pier and circular-arched heads, relieved with various forms of Irish art. The whole design seems a great departure in style from that usually adopted for similar works, and is introduced at a very happy time, when there is such a revival going on in every form of Irish art and literature." From - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/169878101/20304545

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    • 26/Jun/2019 09:47:21

    A 1906/7 interview with Dr O'Donnell, the Bishop responsible for this building - " ... Dr. O'Donnell is enthusiastically Irish, and in the designing of his new college, now nearing completion, has adopted a style of architecture altogether original, but truly in keeping with his Irish ideas. The building is built in the form of a quadrangle, and is surmounted by round towers. It has cost about £27,000, and is one of the finest seminaries in the county. While I was in Letterkenny I attended a few of the classes of the College of Gaelic, which he had established during the vacation in the new building. His Lordship believes firmly that the old tongue will be revived. 'We will,' said he, 'speak English then only for the benefit of a few Englishmen and foreigners who may not happen to know our language.' ... ..." From - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/111276808?searchTerm=e... "O'Donnell undertook, and completed, a prodigious building project in his diocese - the superbly-sited neo-Gothic (with Romanesque details) cathedral, overlooked by a house for bishop and clergy (1891–1901); St Eunan’s Diocesan College (1906); the Presentation Monastery and Loreto schools and an extension to Loreto Convent, all in Letterkenny." From - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_O%27Donnell_(cardinal)

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    • 26/Jun/2019 18:04:18

    Just checked with the brother and he tells me that there was no lake or pond near the college in his time there.

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    • 26/Jun/2019 20:00:14

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

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    • 26/Jun/2019 21:37:43

    mcginley2012 Maybe it's a waterlogged quarry from whence the building stone came.

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    • 27/Jun/2019 00:10:09

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ there is a quarry on the old map.