The Giants Ring in Kenmare

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To the Lawrence Collection this morning and to "The Giants Ring", Kenmare, Co. Kerry. It is not easy to pick it out due to the more modern construction dominating the foreground but there appears to be a ring of ancient stones as the feature?

As Niall McAuley points out, the construction date of Kenmare Stone Circle itself (c.2500-1000 BC) doesn't really help with dating this image :) Niall's investigations on the nearby/visible houses however suggest that this image dates from after 1874. Helping narrow the catalogue range by a decade (to c.1874-1914). The lime kiln, on the left, was apparently part of a nearby quarry. The more modern landscaping and planting around the circle give it a much more lush and enclosed feel today...

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914. Likely after 1874 (houses)

NLI Ref: L_CAB_06498

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    • 08/Mar/2018 08:36:44

    Indicated but not named on the OSI 25" map:,490651,570775,12,9 The lime kiln in this photo is marked to the NE of the stone circle.

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    domenico milella

    • 08/Mar/2018 09:31:31

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Mar/2018 10:41:12

    Google photosphere.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Mar/2018 10:47:47

    Link hostile entry in the NIAH says: Description: In level pasture, on the SW outskirts of Kenmare town and centrally placed within a multiple-stone circle (KE093-032001-). A rounded boulder with a flattish top (2.1m x 1.8m; T 0.8m) rests above three support-stones, which form a small chamber-like arrangement open at E. Support-stones are of rather similar dimensions, averaging 0.9m x 0.6m and 0.2m H. The boulder rests directly on the stones at N and S, and on a small pad-stone above the support-stone at W. There is a small cupmark on the upper surface of the boulder. (Ó Nualláin 1978, 96, no. 36)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Mar/2018 10:50:24

    Holy Cross church no help, dates from 1863.

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    John A. Coffey

    • 08/Mar/2018 10:57:41

    An Neidin.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Mar/2018 11:12:50

    Likewise the Poor Clare's convent with its cupola.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Mar/2018 11:28:14

    I think these houses from 1874 are present, and these ones from 1880 are not.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Mar/2018 11:29:07

    Certainly after 1874, those 1880 ones are a bit less certain.

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    O Mac

    • 08/Mar/2018 11:55:19

    Rare to see working lime kiln. A crack had developed as there's a steel band around it holding it together.,490701,570856,11,9

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Mar/2018 17:07:14

    The circle itself is unfortunately a bit too old to help with dating the photograph, being between 3000 and 4000 years old (approx!).

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    • 10/Mar/2018 20:31:17

    Though I've visited this stone circle many times, it seems almost unrecognisable here. The current "garden" feel (as evidenced by the various photospheres) seems so different from the karst feel in this Lawrence shot. I never even realised there was a quarry or kiln nearby.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Mar/2018 21:07:32

    Thanks all -[email protected] for confirmation of location, and in particlular for the input on the date. Much appreciated. Have a great weekend all!