Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
Is that our young friend "Jaunty"? With a moustache ...
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I believe that bridge is over the charmingly named Sruffaunatooreen stream.
Neither the road or bridge are on the 1830s 6", but I don't see a date for them yet.
Flickr is sometimes amazing - in2011 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/stationstudios/
The bridge is well-built -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/7487437@N07/14398126841/And has a good view from underneath - https://www.flickr.com/photos/7487437@N07/14378362306/via https://www.flickr.com/photos/7487437@N07/
I had lunch at Lough Inagh Lodge which is very near to here only a few weeks ago, a very pleasant experience.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia I am not subscribing to your Mustached Jaunty theory.
I believe this was one of the many roads that Alexander Nimmo designed and had built when he was Engineer to the Western District, a post created under the "Act for the Employment of the Poor in certain Districts of Ireland" in 1822.
Thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia - That is pretty amazing alright! An almost exact match :)
(Map, tags, etc updated....)
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/79549245@N06] I am not sure it is Jaunty either, though he does look well-dressed.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/91549360@N03] That's interesting. I wonder if the photo was taken from the area used by the stonemasons, and that unusual square-shaped rock in the middle foreground is a discarded piece of the bridge. It certainly does not look as if it was formed by a glacier.
I have no idea about the derivation of Recess, but Trove came up with this delightful story of the visit of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in July 1903. "... waiving all formalities, they allowed the peasants to push their carriage up the hills" !! And granted royal clemency to an old woman's husband ...
The Benna Beola Mountains (Twelve Bens ) are composed principally of hard, resistant quartzites of the Dalradian age. formed about 540 million years ago. The photograph has to have been taken some time after that.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia There's a photo in the UK National Archives described as : 'Photograph. their Majesties King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra being escorted up the hill by the peasantry to the Connemara Marble Quarries Recess, County Galway, Ireland, on July 29th 1903' The copyright owner and author of the work is Herbert Edward Haffield, of 7 Summer Hill, Kingstown. I'll order it next time I'm there. It'll be a break from searching through crew lists of Kings Lynn vessels 1846-48.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/91549360@N03 We can do a little better than that: the horse only evolved 1.6 million years ago!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/91549360@N03 https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley I think I see a "Wheel" - which suggests sometime after the second half of the 4th millennium BCE,
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79549245@N06 Well spotted https://www.flickr.com/photos/79549245@N06 . It think I see another one. Yes! there is three wheels.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/91549360@N03 On your Wagon?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/91549360@N03 If that is an arched bridge which I think it is, we could narrow the range even further.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia I was quick to say not Jaunty which I stand by, but I do believe this is 100% the photographers kit transport.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79549245@N06 Getting serious. I'd chance dating this photograph post 1895 on it being a cloudy day and the jarvey isn't wearing a raincoat------ nor or there any to be seen on the trap. Whatever about now, the Inagh valley would have been in the middle of nowhere back then. Knowing the area well, I know no one would think of going up there without a raincoat. Cliften, Letterfrack or Maam cross would have been too far to come on a trap without one. I therefore surmise that this is a local jarvey and French was either staying in the GWR hotel in Recess or he came on a day trip to Recess by train. The Galway-Cliften railway opened in 1895.
"Their Majesties King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra being escorted up the hill by the peasantry, to the Connemara Marble Quarries Recess Co. Galway Ireland. On July 29th 1903" by Herbert Edward Haffield, of 7 Summer Hill, Kingstown.
And here they are inspecting the quarries.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner] What great photos! Thanks for posting them.
I came across a wonderful short chapter in a book, 'Memories: Wise and Otherwise' by Sir Henry Robinson, who arranged and accompanied the King's trip around Connemara in 1903 (even along this very stretch of road). Wonderful anecdotes about policemen in disguise, the local cavalry at Recess, Queen Alexandra brushing sand off Princess Victoria's dress at the quarry, etc.
Chapter XVII including more photos - archive.org/stream/memorieswiseothe00robiuoft#page/150/mo...
The London Times wasn't very complimentary about the horses in the picture
The carriage which bore their Majesties to the quarries had been chosen, it is said, on the ground that it possessed some historic associations. So, apparently, had the horses, which required a liberal application of the whipcord before the jarvey could induce them to move at any pace , and then they utterly failed to conquer the steep ascent to the marble quarries.
Excellent - Thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner!