Down the Wesht today to Co.Mayo, God help us, with a distant view of Irelands Holy Mountain and a whole lot more! This lovely Royal sized glass plate has some excellent detail on the coastal location, with mixed rolling stock on a railway siding to add to the interest. We may not have a dog, but we do have a horse in this landscape - otherwise largely empty of signs of life.
While today's contributors have identified several of the buildings visible between Westport Harbour and Croagh Patrick (including the bridge to Rossbeg
and some of the larger houses
on the landform), they all date to the early 19th century. And so are not much help in dating the image. The general consensus though is that the Midland Great Western Railway
rolling-stock in the foreground probably dates to the latter-half of the date range. Perhaps more likely to be c.1900 than mid-19th century....
Photographer: Robert French
Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection
Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914. Likely latter half of this range.
NLI Ref: L_ROY_00149
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
And OSI: maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,497891,784347,11,9
I am not seeing any obvious dates here...
The rolling stock is towards the later end of the date range, I think.
The next photo features an Honoria McBride's establishment; She's there in 1901, gone by 1911.
derangedlemur - I'd say that's Clew Bay House on Rossbeg rather than the Bath Hotel and Bath House on Roman Island (which isn't visible in this image).
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I'd have thought Clew Bay house would be almost directly behind Rossbeg house, Is your reasoning being that the white house on the right is Rossbeg Villa?
GOLD DISCOVERY - A seam of gold was discovered in the mountain in the 1980s: overall grades of 14 grams of gold per tonne (0.45 oz gold per ton) in at least 12 quartz veins, which could produce 700,000 tonnes (770,000 short tons) of ore — potentially over 300,000 troy oz of gold (worth over €360m). However, due to local resistance by the Mayo Environmental Group headed by Paddy Hopkins, the Mayo County Council decided not to allow mining. From - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croagh_Patrick
From the wiki article - "A small chapel was built on the summit and dedicated on 20 July 1905." Can anybody see it using megazoom? The chapel and view from the top - youtu.be/wjp9QS5wu9Q
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Well I think the white house on the right is the building immediately southeast of Rossbeg Villa (which can't be seen in this image). Clew Bay House is behind the distinctive corner in the sea wall to the north of Rossbeg House and it has a turret feature today which seems to match that in the image (email@example.com,-9.5615993,3a,75y,23.02h,7...)
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Makes sense: If we zoom in the streetview to match the image, it's Rossbeg and not Roman Island, alright. firstname.lastname@example.org,-9.5501222,3a,20.3y,246.75...
Not sure what they're loading into the train cars, appears to be bagged objects. Closer to 1914 I would think, they look more modern.
A review of the town along the railway, circa the 1880s: books.google.ca/books?id=Jlq0AV0yIRgC&lpg=PA259&o...
A lovely photo, the railway wagons are so typically Irish, one appears to be attended by a horse and cart.
In 1875, the MGWR built a short extension of the line down to Westport Quay station So we can knock out the first 10 years of the date range.