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
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
Kilcredaun Lighthouse, dated 1824 www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?type=record&...
Ooo! I love a lighthouse - and streetview goes up to the balcony at Loop Head - firstname.lastname@example.org,-9.9321883,2a,75y,81.38h,... EDIT - WRONG LIGHTHOUSE ! But it's worth a look anyway!
No streetview: www.google.com/maps/place/52%C2%B034'48.2%22N+9%C2%B042'3...
"Truncated in 1941" according to the NIAH link. Almost unrecognisable, imho - in 2014 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/catb/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/catb/14185822469/
great only dated by the clothes!
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 ...
Robert French seemed to be quite a photographer. All he best for Ireland, in 2018.
Congratulation for your beautiful Album.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia I think he's holding binoculars.
Another wonderful photograph. Thanks
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:I found this aerial view to be rather nice as well. Otherwise, this shot from [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] seemed to be the closest equivalent on Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/13953676659/
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 :)
An erudite* boy in an unnamed Irish workhouse explains the phrase 'ne plus ultra', quoted in the Bristol Times and Mirror in 1850*but prone to exaggeration, I suspect
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!
National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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 :)