Lighthouse, Carrigaholt, Co. Clare

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From a traffic blockage in Clonmel to Carrigaholt where the nearest thing to a traffic jam is two cows meeting at a crossroads! Mr. French appears to have discovered rush hour at the famous lighthouse at Loop Head with people posing and using parasols and even a telescope! I wonder did Robert French manage to get the quartet to pose like that for him?

While we're still none-the-wiser as to whether Mr French posed this group, or they struck a pose on their own accord, it is the group (and their spy glasses and parasols) that make this shot :) The lighthouse is no less interesting a subject however. We learned today that Kilcredaun Lighthouse was built in 1827, and operated by the Comissioners of Irish Lights for nearly 190 years - until its closure in recent years. The light topping the tower itself, and some of the buildings surrounding, were changed over the years - including more notable works in the 1930s and 40s....

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_CAB_06301

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 04/Jan/2018 08:21:42

    Kilcredaun Lighthouse, dated 1824

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    • 04/Jan/2018 08:22:24

    Ooo! I love a lighthouse - and streetview goes up to the balcony at Loop Head -,-9.9321883,2a,75y,81.38h,... EDIT - WRONG LIGHTHOUSE ! But it's worth a look anyway!

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    • 04/Jan/2018 08:25:53

    No streetview:'48.2%22N+9%C2%B042'3...

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    • 04/Jan/2018 08:42:03

    "Truncated in 1941" according to the NIAH link. Almost unrecognisable, imho - in 2014 via

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    • 04/Jan/2018 08:54:42

    great only dated by the clothes!

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    • 04/Jan/2018 09:01:33

    Is the gent in the bowler on the left sketching the lady on the right? That's why he doesn't offer his chair to the lady with a parasol. Art in progress ...

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    • 04/Jan/2018 09:21:52

    Robert French seemed to be quite a photographer. All he best for Ireland, in 2018.

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    domenico milella

    • 04/Jan/2018 09:44:50

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 04/Jan/2018 09:57:30 I think he's holding binoculars.

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    • 04/Jan/2018 10:28:15

    Another wonderful photograph. Thanks

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    • 04/Jan/2018 10:39:20

    The top of the tower and the housing for the light was clearly changed quite a bit with the "truncating" activities in the 1940s. The change in appearance is explained in this WorldwideLighthousesDOTCom entry:

    [it was] altered in 1941, resulting in the top 2 rows of the lantern's glass panes being removed and the roof being replaced with a cone shaped structure instead of the more common domed roof design
    I found this aerial view to be rather nice as well. Otherwise, this shot from [[email protected]/] seemed to be the closest equivalent on Flickr:[email protected]/13953676659/

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    • 04/Jan/2018 10:41:10

    The Clare Champion has an interesting piece on the history of the place - published to mark its closing in 2011. Including a description about how the gas used for the light was generated on site - and the waste used to whitewash local houses :)

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    John Spooner

    • 04/Jan/2018 11:36:08

    An erudite* boy in an unnamed Irish workhouse explains the phrase 'ne plus ultra', quoted in the Bristol Times and Mirror in 1850

    "Ne plus ultra, sir,” said he, “is a relative term – each person has his ne plus ultra. When Alexander the Great, for instance, had conquered the Persians, and he was obliged to cry like a child for a new world-toy, to serve that in the same way, that was his ne plus ultra. When I got to the top of Carrigaholt lighthouse, and saw thirteen counties, I said to myself, 'James Rider,' says I, 'that’s your ne plus ultra'”
    *but prone to exaggeration, I suspect

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    • 04/Jan/2018 14:38:55

    That's a really beautiful lighthouse. It could be from any time, were it not for the fashions to give a sense of period. A very happy New Year to all of the detectives and you folks in the library!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 05/Jan/2018 00:30:04

    Thanks so much all! Dating this one was always going to be something of a stretch (although the clothes would seem to suggest we're not at the earliest part of the range). Is great however to be able to update the map, tags and description - which I have now done :)

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 12/Jan/2018 09:00:05

    masterful capture

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