Happy Cyber Monday to all and when you are online take a moment to imagine how much life has changed since Tomás O'Críothán walked this earth? Tomás used longhand to write, he will have used the old Irish script with the various accents and letter forms in use at the time. All has changed, changed utterly since then and if we could identify the place then the streetview - might not have changed at all!
Apart from the discussion on the man and his works (Tomás Ó Criomhthain (1856-1937)
), much of the discussion today was on the date of the image. While a copy of this image is apparently held by the Smithsonian (which dates it to "c.1900"), and though our photographer Thomas Mason may have visited the islands with scholar Robin Flower (Bláithín)
c.1910, there's a possibility that the image was captured a little later, c.1920.
Collection: Mason Photographic Collection
Date: Catalogue range c.1890-1910. Possibly c.1910. Perhaps as late as c.1920s.
NLI Ref: M20/29/4
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