Cahermoyle House, Ardagh, Co. Limerick

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Today we stay in Limerick but move out to the county where we have this fine house with a rustic-effect facing.

(As an aside, while many of the regular NLI Commons stream followers may already be aware of the 1916 Rising and WWI events programs, anyone in Dublin in the coming months may be interested to visit the NLI's exhibition at the National Photographic archive - as mentioned in print and on RTÉ last night)

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: between ca. 1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_ROY_04272

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 03/Feb/2016 08:17:00

    Now a nursing home, and once the home of William Smith O'Brien, no less ... according to www.myhomefromhome.ie/homes/nursing_home?home_id=547 There will be fun ahead researching this one ...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 03/Feb/2016 08:22:26

    "The present house was built in the early 1870s by Edward O'Brien, son of William Smith O'Brien replacing an earlier house which was the home of his grandmother the Dowager Lady O'Brien in the early 1850s. ... " From landedestates.nuigalway.ie/LandedEstates/jsp/estate-show....

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 03/Feb/2016 08:27:31

    "Cahermoyle or Caher Maothail translates as 'the stone fort of the soft ground'. About 1/3 of the circular stone wall of the 'Caher', probably dating back two thousand years still survives one hundred yards west of the house." ... + heaps more interesting history of the place from - www.limerickdioceseheritage.org/Ardagh/sitesCahermoyle.htm

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    foss54

    • 03/Feb/2016 08:29:28

    Beautiful photograph and a very fine building.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 03/Feb/2016 08:54:55

    William Smith O'Brien also had a 'holiday cottage'(!) in Australia https://www.flickr.com/photos/merryjack/3262139409/

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    B-59

    • 03/Feb/2016 08:56:53

    OSI 25'': maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,528776,640234,11,9 Streetview: goo.gl/maps/egUaAwHMbtk

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    B-59

    • 03/Feb/2016 09:06:31

    NIAH record: www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?type=record&...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 03/Feb/2016 09:08:28

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] The part of the ancient circular stone wall is easily visible on the 25" map - not so easy to see on the satellite view due to trees.

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    O Mac

    • 03/Feb/2016 09:19:30

    Whoever wrote that Niah discription of the house knew their structural polycromies from their polychromatic rendered voussoirs

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Feb/2016 09:23:36

    Definitely owned by the O'Briens at the time of this photo - from that NIAH article: When the O'Briens left, the house and its grounds were bought by the Oblate Fathers, in the 1920s, who used it as a seminary.

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    B-59

    • 03/Feb/2016 09:23:51

    Aerial view in bing maps: binged.it/1mcnb9h

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Feb/2016 09:30:59

    A nice touch on the 25" map: the woodland to the NE of the house is named William's Wood, to the SE, Lucy's Wood. William Smith O'Brien married Lucy Gabbet, and had a daughter Lucy.

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    clear eggnog

    • 03/Feb/2016 10:14:34

    Wonderful piece of architecture, I do hope it's a listed building.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 03/Feb/2016 11:27:42

    Wouldn't use this abbreviation lightly (if ever) https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] , but genuine LOLs for that :) "Structural polycromies" indeed :) One feels that it isn't proper for a lady to ask, but how are one's own gilded stringcourses and segmental-headed oculi this weather? :)

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    O Mac

    • 03/Feb/2016 11:30:49

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland sure I'm half-glazed :)

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    guliolopez

    • 03/Feb/2016 11:35:01

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] - Limerick County Council have listed Cahermoyle House itself, the gateway, grotto, and farmyard on the Record of Protected Structures as governed by the planning acts. So one hopes the Limerick CoCo planning authority would mind before issuing any permission...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 03/Feb/2016 12:10:18

    Another interesting article about William Smith O'Brien's connection with Cahermoyle House, or the previous dilapidated Georgian building - www.limerickcity.ie/media/Media,4155,en.pdf - included is a photo "c.1905" of the house, with the garden looking very unkempt compared to above. So pre 1905 at least ?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 03/Feb/2016 12:41:19

    Contemporary (I think?) view with family members in the garden - www.ilen.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/conor-o-brien-sail... from www.ilen.ie/what-we-do-2/ilen/ilens-history/ about grandson Conor O'Brien (1880-1952)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Feb/2016 13:08:18

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] I don't think the c. 1905 helps much - the gardens could equally well have been tidied after 1905. Looking at the growth of creeper on the house in those 3 shots, it's clear the creeper must have been cut back as well as having grown - you can't make a simple a-b-c out of the sequence. This archive shot from slightly further back shows the same creeper as today's flickr image.

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 03/Feb/2016 13:54:07

    fancy place, that.

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    O Mac

    • 03/Feb/2016 15:27:14

    I can see slates behind the tree on the left----- which match the location of the buildings on the OSI----- whereas there is a glass house in the shot https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia found. The W.L. looks to have been taken later. The Ardagh Chalice was found just 3kms away in 1868--just a year or two before this house was built.

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    DannyM8

    • 03/Feb/2016 21:30:34

    Dogs?? !!!!!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 04/Feb/2016 08:34:27

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Where?????????

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    lively minute

    • 05/Feb/2016 10:48:36

    www.flickr.com/photos/tippryan/albums/72157658677958136 William Smith O'Brien close proximity to Cahermoyle House, Ardagh, Co. Limerick

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    lively minute

    • 05/Feb/2016 10:49:31

    William Smith O'Brien close proximity to Cahermoyle House, Ardagh, Co. Limerick www.flickr.com/photos/tippryan/21495119225/in/album-72157...