Drumcliffe, Co. Clare

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What a lovely day for a visit to the Banner County. Spring seems to have sprung in this Emerald Isle of ours. I have seen cattle in grassy (and reasonably dry) fields, apple trees with buds ready to bloom and yesterday I saw my first swallow of the year. There is something charming about the swallow and its life cycle. I read recently that in the old days people believed that the swallow lived in underwater hibernation over the course of the winter. Perhaps some of the Flat Earthers still believe! Nothing substantial known here about this photo, so over to you.....

Niall Sisson helpfully points us to entries in the often useful Megalithic Ireland website for the Drumcliff Round Tower and Church. Niall number two (or is it number one), Niall McAuley, similarly helped with the mapping and dating - noting that other images in this possible series may date to c.1880/1890s. BeachcomberAustralia also confirms that this was likely the very late summer - given the haystack in view. Finally (and sadly) John Spooner points us to a contemporary report which explains the fate of the ancient round tower. Incredibly an ignorant road builder blew it up for raw materials :( .......


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914. Perhaps after c.1880s (graves?)

NLI Ref: L_ROY_04191

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    domenico milella

    • 19/Apr/2018 07:11:05

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album.

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    sissonni

    • 19/Apr/2018 07:32:01

    Megalithic Ireland has these pages on Drumfliff Round Tower and Drumcliff Church

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Apr/2018 07:39:32

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] thanks Niall

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Apr/2018 08:05:40

    GeoHive OSI 25" map link. Nearby Streetview

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 19/Apr/2018 08:10:19

    There is a tree in the way now, so it is difficult to get a similar view. Here is one from just to the right, inside that iron fence which is still there, as is that distinctive triangular stone. In 2012 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/itallian_chauffeur/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/itallian_chauffeur/8224106965/

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 19/Apr/2018 08:23:42

    What time of year do haystacks happen in Co. Clare - August, September ?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Apr/2018 08:37:39

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia I would think your guess is about right.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Apr/2018 08:38:57

    it looks like the missing part of the tower just slid off.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Apr/2018 09:00:39

    The photo next door, L_ROY_04192 has readable dates, the most useful probably being the temporary marker (must be recent) for Mary Byrnes, died July 16th 1896 1886. Whoops, not so temporary after all, it is still there. The stone monument for Thos. Kennedy is better, dated 8th Feb 1890. There is still a heap of sand and gravel visible, I think that monument is new.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Apr/2018 09:23:29

    I was hoping someone might have been added to the kennedy monument giving a latest date, but sadly, no.

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    John A. Coffey

    • 19/Apr/2018 10:26:09

    Near to the church there was the remains of an old round tower, still about 50 feet (15 m) high. The door is about 20 feet (6.1 m) above ground level, and has a molding round it. The old cemetery contains the Republican plot, for members of the Irish Republican Army killed in the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War...... Wikipedia

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    John A. Coffey

    • 19/Apr/2018 10:38:26

    Inch is only a short distance from here.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 19/Apr/2018 10:58:06

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] 2.54 centimetres! away?!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Apr/2018 15:03:55

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Funny

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 19/Apr/2018 21:02:36

    wish I was there. We had snow this week with an ice storm this past weekend.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Apr/2018 22:05:00

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Brian you are welcome at any time. In the meantime you'll have to bask in the warm glow of satisfaction that comes from an updated map, tags and date :) Because, as usual, the inputs from today have been hot stuff :D Sorry. I'll get my coat. But not before updating the description/etc...

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    John Spooner

    • 20/Apr/2018 07:24:13

    On Saturday 15 June 1867 the Ulster Gazette published an article entitled 'Irish Round Towers Destribed'. The description of Drumcliffe included this nugget;

    This tower is now 25 ft. high: it has been lately reduced to its present delapidated state by a road contractor, who thought it would be a convenient source to supply his wants. He even used gunpowder to hasten the demolition. There are rents from top to bottom, which attest the violence of the means of this Macadam of Sligo. Fortunately he was stayed before he completed the destruction of the tower.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 20/Apr/2018 18:56:16

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner] John, what a terrible story, although I could see it happening today with some of the developers we have in this country. I was of the opinion that Macadam was a twentieth century invention but obviously it is much older. see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macadam

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    John Spooner

    • 20/Apr/2018 21:53:53

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland It appears that macadam was 19th century, and tarmac(adam) a 20th century development.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Apr/2018 08:27:10

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner Got it.

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 24/Apr/2018 08:00:05

    beautifully captured!