And faithfully following French's journey in the Faithful County we have a military camp with serried lines of "bell tents" inside/outside a military base. This was either when the army were on a war footing or when manoeuvres were underway. Is it at the extreme end of the Lawrence range or earlier, perhaps during the Boer War?
Various contributors (including swordscookie
) confirm that this is Crinkill Barracks
in Birr. Niall McAuley
suggests that it may have been captured from "upon high" nearby. Flickr user Stephen Callaghan
captured some similar photos of the barracks
very recently, and has since confirmed that this was the main gate, and likely captured from atop the barrack block. Stephen tells us that the camp-area was known as the "Fourteen Acres", and "was used for parades, training and sports"....
Photographer: Robert French
Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection
Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914. Possibly before c.1908
NLI Ref: L_ROY_09952
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons