Bringing home the turf

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Where: Kerry, Ireland

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When: 01 June 1963

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To end the week with a wee bit of colour we have a most charming photograph of a time long gone. The activity captured here was once ubiquitous - but now less common. The whole process of bringing home the turf was a full family occupation. And, in this case, even Neddy the Donkey is willingly involved

Photographer: Richard Tilbrook

Collection: Tilbrook Photographic Collection

Date: June 1963

NLI Ref: TIL852

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    domenico milella

    • 19/Oct/2018 07:57:16

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album.

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    Oretani Wildlife (Mike Grimes)

    • 19/Oct/2018 08:25:09

    The narrow body of water, the background and the subjects immediately made me think Kerry, and more specifically Valentia Island. I think if you look at the triangular shaped field in the back ground on the left and the line of trees from the shore, it matches up with the view from this link looking across a boggy field from Carhan Lower, Co. Kerry on the road to Portmagee looking over at Valentia Island.

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    • 19/Oct/2018 08:28:13

    [] Good match i'd say! Neddy and The Milky Bar Kid had a close-up -

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    • 19/Oct/2018 08:30:26

    The Tilbrooks took these other photos in Kerry in 1963 -

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    Oretani Wildlife (Mike Grimes)

    • 19/Oct/2018 08:54:27

    I'm sure someone down there could identify the family.

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    • 19/Oct/2018 09:40:18

    Not far away from, and same time as this one ... Ping @

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    • 19/Oct/2018 10:03:01

    The DOG must be off harassing the Photographer!

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    • 19/Oct/2018 12:48:45

    Some of these boys should still be about...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Oct/2018 00:06:51

    I agree and The hills and the slopes match exactly in the background of the StreetView. To the extent that I've mapped it to the same spot. Unless corrected, I think it's fairly firm. Now all we need is local knowledge of the family....

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    • 12/Mar/2021 10:20:15