Today we change from the misery of a downtrodden people to a memorial to someone long dead. Drogheda is an historic and fascinating town and we really looked forward to finding out more about this obelisk.
And the community didn't disappoint - with thanks to DannyM8
, O Mac
, and John Spooner
we learned a lot about the obelisk today. Including it's location (across the Boyne between Meath and Louth), purpose (to commemorate the crossing of William of Orange in 1690), date of construction (1736), and its fate (blown-up in the 1920s).
Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton
Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence
Collection: Stereo Pairs Collection
Date: c.1860-1883 (refined to 1869-1883)
NLI Ref: STP_1936
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