Navigation bridge (iron) on curved lock, dock on canal entrance, another bridge, towns old mill, hills, in background

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On a dull and dreary morning in Ireland a bright and sun filled stereo pairs image of a canal/dock. The young man leaning over the railing looking at the water is doing what young men have done across the ages - watching the world go by! Given the washed out detail we thought this might prove to be difficult to locate?

However, our contributors were able to adjust the contrast slightly, bringing more of the detail easier to make out, and helping confirm the location as the bridge over the Tralee Ship Canal. We can also see Blennerville's distinctive windmill in the background. (The latter coincidentally appearing in some VT during this evening's Rose of Tralee festival coverage :) )

Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton

Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence

Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection

Date: between ca. 1860-1883

NLI Ref: STP_1778

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 22/Aug/2016 07:48:29

    I hope this is the right way to do this - it's my first time! I have adjusted the levels of the image and it reveals more detail:

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    O Mac

    • 22/Aug/2016 08:14:12

    Blennerville. Co Kerry

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    • 22/Aug/2016 08:23:07

    [] StreetView suggests it, too.,-9.7352546,3a,29.4y,199.11...

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    • 22/Aug/2016 10:03:21

    Via Trove, here is a delightful and extraordinary story of two brothers, Rowland and Aremberg Blennerhassett (sons of the man who built the windmill ? -, who set out from the wharf in the photo at 5am on 29 June 1844 in a 24-foot open boat. They rowed, pulled and sailed to Dublin via Kilrush and inland waterways, so that they could pay their respects to the Liberator, Daniel O'Connell in prison. ... ... Read All About It ! - Morning Chronicle, Sydney 21/12/1844 p.4 Originally from the Kerry Examiner 3/7/1844

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    • 22/Aug/2016 11:22:59

    Great editing job by BultacoFan and both beachcomer australia and O Mac as as informative as ever.

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    • 22/Aug/2016 13:02:50

    and the fabulous NYPL 3D stereo image: GIF made with the NYPL Labs Stereogranimator - view more at made with the NYPL Labs Stereogranimator

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    • 22/Aug/2016 13:05:00 great job. These images are here to be used and enjoyed.

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    • 22/Aug/2016 14:14:18

    Blennerville, Tralee, as Beachcomber has confirmed. The village on the outskirts of Tralee on the way to Dingle is, of course, named after the Blennerhasset family. The windmill can still be seen by all visitors to Tralee

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    O Mac

    • 22/Aug/2016 14:31:13 I cannot see what is so "fabulous" about it. Quite annoying really.

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    • 22/Aug/2016 21:41:41

    Buena serie de fotos antiguas .

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    • 22/Aug/2016 22:06:34

    Fabulously annoying !

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 22/Aug/2016 22:55:38

    Thanks all - Brilliant detection and location work as usual! Thanks also to [] and [] for the alternate versions of the image. It's great to see the community making these images their own. (Although we may need an epilepsy warning for the comments section :) ) As regards location, it seems pretty unequivocal. We can clearly see the pictured bridge (over the Tralee Ship Canal) on the contemporaneous OSI map. Interestingly, while it looks like it could be a lifting bridge in our picture, it is clearly marked as a swing bridge on the OSI map(??). Thanks again. Map/description/etc all updated :)

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    O Mac

    • 22/Aug/2016 23:27:49

    [] It is a swing bridge. One of the rollers can be seen beneath. Detail here.