"Long shot, rocky fields, hills slated cottages spare trees" is Lough Dan, County Wicklow

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For a change we have an image from the Stereo Pairs Collection today with a rocky road surrounded by rocky fields and rocky walls in various states of repair. There is no indication where this might be though it does look to be "down the West" to me. What do you think?

For a while we thought perhaps that we had stumped the unstumpable. But, yet again, we found the community to be stump-proof. derangedlemur and others highlighted that the proximate images in the series (STP_0772, STP_0771, etc) all seemed to be in the Wicklow area (Glendalough, Laragh, etc). And, B-59 noted that the apparent reverse view (STP_0769) showed a body of water. Ultimately, andymullane identified it as Lough Dan House - with corroboration from O Mac and Salty Windows. Incredible work all - and particular thanks to andymullane!

Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton

Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence

Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1860-1883

NLI Ref: STP_0770

You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie


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    • 02/Nov/2017 09:00:55

    The same scene from the other side: catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000564087

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    • 02/Nov/2017 09:11:05

    Busy today, unfortunately, but with any luck, nobody'll get it before dinner time.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Nov/2017 10:37:52

    This one is hard, but if B-59s is indeed a reverse view, it looks like Connemara North of Maam Cross somewhere,

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    Bernard Healy

    • 02/Nov/2017 10:41:45

    I thought this scene reminded me of the countryside east of Waterville, Co. Kerry, but the mountains look wrong. Some of you may be interested in this piece about the ‘Photo Detectives Exhibition’ that I wrote for the Irish Catholic newspaper.

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    • 02/Nov/2017 11:14:13

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Interesting. I'd have thought it was the glens of Antrim - up the back of Glenarm or similar. Edit: Although if catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000564089 is also near, it's down the west alright - we had that one before and it was Sligo or Connemara, I think Edit edit: Or possibly Wicklow, now I come to think of it.

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    Peter Denton

    • 02/Nov/2017 11:18:24

    The long and winding road... happily, like so many in Ireland!

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    • 02/Nov/2017 12:51:14

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy Thank you Father, much appreciated.

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    • 02/Nov/2017 13:47:26

    So, now that I've had time to check, we haven't actually had catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000564089 before. I was confusing it with the bridges at Belvelly and Blessington, one of which has three arches and the other of which has two pedestrians.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/Nov/2017 14:26:20

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy. Well done - a very interesting read indeed. Thank you for the plug!

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    • 02/Nov/2017 18:36:18

    So, we're looking east to south (or at any rate, not west). The road runs along beside some body of water behind and to the left out of shot - i.e to the north or north west. Everything around it in the catalogue seems to be Laragh, Baltinglass and Glendalough. The OSI isn't showing anything useful for Glendalough, Lough Dan or Lough Tay. The reservoir at Blessington didn't exist then and Vartry is too flat. Any other suggestions?

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    • 02/Nov/2017 19:01:08

    Hi all, I think it is Wicklow. The lake in the reverse view is Lough Dan with the distinctive summit of Luggala in the distance. Lough Dan House Maybe? maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,715523,702414,11,9

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    O Mac

    • 02/Nov/2017 19:44:57

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewomullane] Well done. It's a Guide and Scout hostel now. While a lot has changed the gate pillars remain. www.google.ie/maps/@53.0602453,-6.2768177,3a,88.8y,160.48...

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    Salty Windows

    • 02/Nov/2017 22:32:18

    Amazing detective work all round. Unconvinced until I did a 3D view on Google Maps. It's matches the reverse scene (by B 59) perfectly. www.google.ie/maps/@53.0585188,-6.2775288,63a,35y,11.63h,...

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    • 02/Nov/2017 22:54:35

    Buena serie de fotos antiguas .

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 03/Nov/2017 08:44:59

    Bwaaaaahaaah (Location found Klaxon) https://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewomullane and all the usual suspects - you never cease to amaze and confound me! Twice in the past two weeks I was convinced that I had stymied the best of you - and you have proven me wrong. Congratulations on some super Photo Detective work!

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    • 03/Nov/2017 09:50:16

    Incredible work all - I wonder if https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] would be interested (more than a few scouts will be familiar with this view)

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    John A. Coffey

    • 03/Nov/2017 11:54:40

    And the Oscar goes to -------------

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    • 04/Nov/2017 00:16:17

    Wonderful detective work!