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This Stereo Pair shot of a man standing by a pool in County Clare to end this week. In a week with at least two storms, the waters in this shot are calm and still, perhaps we will have a storm free weekend?

Labelled in the catalogue as "stream in foreground., with man standing, big house in background, 3 storey, 7 bays wide, 10ft deep, Co. Clare", we have confirmation thanks to Niall McAuley that this is Ennistimon County Clare. Previously Ennistimon House, the building pictured is now the aptly named Falls Hotel. Given that the Stereo Pair was the "virtual reality" of the 19th century, it also seems apt that streetview offers-up the 21st century equivalent - a near identically placed photosphere image (a navigable 360 degree image that someone captured on their Android phone...)

Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton

Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence

Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection

Date: c. 1860 - 1893 (but after 1863)

NLI Ref: STP_1496

You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Jan/2016 09:07:36

    Falls at Ennistymon? It is indeed (NIAH link to the house/hotel) and before Mary asks how I know: Downriver to The Falls Hotel

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Jan/2016 09:15:31

    West Wing as seen here added in 1863, per the Hotel website

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Jan/2016 09:17:23

    Home during this period to Francis "The Colonel" McNamara and his wife Helen McDermott (same source).

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Jan/2016 09:23:04

    The household in 1901, with 9 servants to 4 family members. "Mary" in 1901 correctly transcribed as Henry in 1911

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Jan/2016 09:29:07

    There was a lot more water when I stayed at the hotel, reverse view: View upriver from the hotel grounds

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Jan/2016 09:37:25

    Salmon ladder in my shots is no help - I see Dail questions about building it in the 1930s.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 29/Jan/2016 10:26:19

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Well done you! Streetview - goo.gl/maps/J2XTgtpVGaN2 . Finding this odd as I thought we were looking upstream not down ! And ... CANOEVIEW !! - youtu.be/xOXtnQYw94w

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    Swordscookie

    • 29/Jan/2016 12:21:28

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Thank you for the Canoeview! I used to do some of that in my 50's but after dislocating my shoulder going over something smaller than that I called a halt:-( My son does it still and would relish that series of drops!

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    DannyM8

    • 29/Jan/2016 16:02:00

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Niall, you are getting too good at this game, we will have to ask the Mary's to introduce a handicap system!!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 29/Jan/2016 20:58:17

    The Death Coach ... A curious story surrounds the death of The Colonel’s uncle, Sir Burton Macnamara. Westropp’s Folklore Survey of Co. Clare contains the following: "On the night of December 11th, 1876, a servant of the Macnamaras was going the rounds in the demesne of Ennistymon House … In the dark he heard the rumbling wheels on the back avenue, and knowing from the hour and the place that no ‘earthly vehicle’ could be coming, concluded that it was the ‘death coach’ and ran, opening the gates before it. He had just time to open the third gate and throw himself on his face beside it on the bank before he heard a coach go thundering past. It did not stop at the house but passed on and disappeared. Admiral Burton Macnamara died on the following day". From www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/places/fallshotel1.htm , part of a full history.

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    John Spooner

    • 30/Jan/2016 12:58:56

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Not a Limerick, but this will have to do, from The Star (Saint Peter Port), Tuesday, February 10, 1885 deathcoach

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 30/Jan/2016 21:07:43

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner Briliantly spooky! The strange thing is that this photo, which at first looks like a pleasant scene of a handsome house beside interesting water, now takes on a more sinister and haunted feel - the bare winter trees with crow's nests; the strange man in the top hat. Is he The Colonel ? Or the Dullahan (driver of the death coach) ? ... ...