"Been's Pillar, Liscannor, with figures" is actually O'Brien's Pillar...

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When: 01 January 1900

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From matters locomotive to matters firmly fixed to the ground for Towering Tuesday. This is "Been's Pillar, Liscannor" according to the catalogue, but I admit that I don't remember seeing it there in my many visits...

... and so it seems while the location is broadly correct, the label isn't 100%. With thanks to derangedlemur & beachcomberaustralia, we learned today that this is O'Brien's Pillar by Bridget's Well near Liscannor, County Clare. Built in the 1850s, it is a memorial to Cornelius O'Brien (1782-1857), who - amongst other things - had a hand in the tourism development of the nearby Cliffs of Moher. For example, the also eponymous O'Brien's viewing tower at the cliffs.

Will have to pay a little more attention the next time passing on the road from Lahinch to the cliffs...

Collection: Mason Photographic Collection

Date: Circa 1890 - 1910

NLI Ref: M40/22

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    derangedlemur

    • 15/Mar/2016 08:54:21

    I've never noticed it there either. Considering the OSI has sundials marked, you'd think something as obtrusive as this would show up on the map.

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    derangedlemur

    • 15/Mar/2016 08:55:06

    Apparently it's at St Brigit's well: www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/people/cornelius_obrien...

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    derangedlemur

    • 15/Mar/2016 08:56:54

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

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    derangedlemur

    • 15/Mar/2016 08:57:51

    OSI: maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,504425,689988,11,9

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    derangedlemur

    • 15/Mar/2016 09:00:07

    And last but not least, streetview: www.google.ie/maps/@52.9518485,-9.4224414,3a,75y,251.26h,...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Mar/2016 09:10:31

    I must have passed it a thousand times:-(

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 15/Mar/2016 09:11:24

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Good work there! THe Clare Library article and associated photos has this as O'BRIENS Pillar, and the original is by William Lawrence - EEK! Help! I can't get the link to happen ...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 15/Mar/2016 09:20:20

    Here we go - the NLI William Lawrence original - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000323236

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 15/Mar/2016 12:43:37

    Googled it, and a bar's website comes up, of all places. www.considinesbar.com/st-brigids-well/monument/

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 15/Mar/2016 12:44:56

    Just don't fall over the cliff, while intoxicated...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 15/Mar/2016 21:33:55

    "... with figures" mentioned in the title. I can only see one fellow; perhaps he is Mr Been ! Where is everybody today? By now we should have a bio and genealogy for Cornelius O'Brien, census entries, interesting titbits about Mason infringing Lawrence's copyright, irrelevant red herrings, and vapid remarks from Explore trolls !

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    O Mac

    • 15/Mar/2016 23:13:33

    Buena fotografía antigua

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Mar/2016 23:26:55

    Well https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia, as it's something of a festival week here in Ireland (and in certain parts of Gloucestershire), we may find it a little quieter this week than usual. Thankfully the Canadian and Australian (and Malagasy :) ) contributors are keeping the lights lit :) Thanks all for the contributions today - we didn't have quite the usual 16 pages of detail to summarise in the description and tags, but I've tried to capture the meat of it just the same :)

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    murphman61

    • 16/Mar/2016 01:56:21

    Just stopped there this past October: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/25664748431/in/dateposted-public/ Stopped mostly for St. Bridget's Well and Murphy's Pub right next door (though it being a Tuesday and off-season, the Pub was closed) and my Grandmother's name having been Bridget (Moriarty) Murphy. It's very easy to miss if you're driving north on the R478 as the trees clear just before the column. There is a short history of it attached to the photo.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 16/Mar/2016 19:47:17

    Great - thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]. Always good to have a "than and now" comparison!