...I know, I know. Someone in Library Towers was on the sauce last evening but it wasn't me :) Clearly this image is of the cathedral on the Rock of Cashel. How its label was transmogrified to become "Crawford's Burn Bridge and Waterfall" is a mystery. Then again the devil's race against Fionn MacCumhaill did begin up near the Burn and ended near Cashel(?)
Thanks to Rory_Sherlock
for highlighting the vault repairs that were clearly undertaken in the 100+ years between our Lawrence shot, and this photosphere view
Photographer: Robert French
Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection
Date:between ca. 1865-1914
NLI Ref: L_CAB_00272
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
Actual picture of Crawford's Burn Bridge and Waterfall here, with bonus comely maiden.
According to Wikipedia:- The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster for several hundred years prior to the Norman invasion. In 1101, the King of Munster, Muirchertach Ua Briain, donated his fortress on the Rock to the Church. The picturesque complex has a character of its own and is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe. Few remnants of the early structures survive; the majority of buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries. And- The Cathedral, built between 1235 and 1270, is an aisleless building of cruciform plan, having a central tower and terminating westwards in a massive residential castle.
Also available without maidens: catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000324083
The current "Streetview".(Plus a slightly more useful Photosphere.) The photographer is standing in the south transept, looking toward the north transept.
I had no idea the vault over the crossing had been repaired so extensively! This photo allows one to see up through a gaping hole in the vault, but it has since been repaired (look up in the Photosphere link provided above) and so one can't see the rooms in the tower unless one gets access via the stairs.
DRONEVIEW !! - youtu.be/xrHhvB1VLOU Unfortunately the drone does not go inside, but I found this helpful anyway, as photos and maps do not give a good 3D idea of how very large and high the Rock of Cashel is.
National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] - We weren't aware of the extent of the vault repair either. Interesting to see the tree growing above the vaults in this shot. One imagines it was removed during the rebuilding works....