Full-length portrait taken at the Gap of Dunloe, Killarney, Co. Kerry

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We have a few photographs which we had readied for the Tríd an Lionsa program. We felt that we would not get the opportunity to post them in the normal course, therefore we have decided to post a number of them over the holiday period.

We hope you enjoy them and as always we welcome your comments and observations.

Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton

Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence

Collection: The Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1860 - 1883

NLI Ref: STP_2853

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 01/Jan/2016 02:04:38

    They look like twins!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 01/Jan/2016 06:56:58

    Happy New Year to all our friends here on Flickr,

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    • 01/Jan/2016 08:38:01

    Bestest for 2016 to all the NLI Marys and to Mary Sullivan ! A chance to post this again ... Trove comes up with this treasure - a chatty read about a visit to the Gap of Dunloe - from the Australian Town and Country Journal of 23 September 1882 ...

    ... As we came down the hill I noticed on the opposite side of the valley, about three miles off, a woman running down towards the roadway which winds down the bottom. She ran as if her house was on fire, and I was puzzled to make out what was up. Now we saw another scampering down the hillside ahead of us, and all at once we came on a couple by the roadside without any covering for the head or feet, and drenched with the rain. Each had A BOTTLE AND A GLASS, and "Wouldn't yer honour have a glass wid Mary O'Sullivan, the mother of five, glory be to God, and a poor woman; and sure the like o' these socks there isn't in all Ireland, though I say it as shouldn't; and better whiskey ye won't find, though only what yer honour gives will I take for it, for sure anyone's welcome to the sup that comes to the Cooma Dhuv on a day like this, more be token but it is a bad day for them as hasn't much in the cabin to keep the cold out, and times hard as they are and me not able to get enough for the childer and --" ... ... ... Further down the glen the same process was repeated several times. The last occasion was one on which we encountered a younger O'Sullivan, who might be considered the perfection of feminine physique. I have seen nothing more like a Greek statue in my rambles, and she was of the warm brunette type that Spain and the West of Ireland alone produce. Before we reached her Mary told me she was her niece Eily, and to be married to Phil O'Connor ... ...
    From the second page (p.27) of this article by "W." - trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/70991109/5051193 See also comments at - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/22966321912/]

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    • 01/Jan/2016 13:38:35

    Had a lot of pleasure going through the Libraries collection in 2015 and hope it continues in 2016. As to the young lady, it seems to me that she is in the Catering Trade, bottles of some liquid refreshment and sandwich's in her specially made skirt ? And she seems a bit better dressed than many other women of the time. Having another look it seems that the front skirt has in some way been lifted up so that she can carry items, very unusual.

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    Gerard Knight

    • 01/Jan/2016 16:04:16

    Wounder if she is selling moonshine?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/Jan/2016 09:21:59

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Gerard, I read before that the "Gap Girls" sold Goats Milk for a shilling a glass, the milk came with a free glass of Poitin!!! This was to try and circumvent the licencing laws around the sale of alcohol.

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    Melinda Young Stuart

    • 03/Jan/2016 14:05:58

    Thanks for letting us know what's going on in these interesting pictures!

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    • 03/Jan/2016 18:15:22

    Muy buena serie de fotos antiguas . Feliz Año Nuevo .

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 03/Jan/2016 20:06:32

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/graullers Feliz Año Nuevo para usted también, gracias por su apoyo. Mary

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    John W Morton

    • 04/Jan/2016 00:11:46

    Gorgeous woman paused in time.

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    John Spooner

    • 24/Nov/2018 17:57:00

    Anaglyph (red-blue glasses required) Full-length portrait taken at the Gap of Dunloe, Killarney, Co. Kerry (from a NLIreland stereo pair)