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One with very few clues today to end the week and what looks like an early Stereo Pairs shot. A man on his own standing on a stone jetty with a heavy cannon gun beside him. In the background is a conical bare hill/mountain. What I would really like to know today is what was the gun called?

Based in no small part on inputs (and a corroberating photo) from mcginley2012 it is confirmed that this cannon is on the lake shore of Ballynahinch Lake in County Galway. Apparently "found" in the lake it was perhaps placed here as part of the demesne for Ballynahinch Castle (now a hotel).....


Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton

Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence

Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1860-1883

NLI Ref: STP_1406

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 03/Aug/2018 09:17:27

    The Great Sugar Loaf, is the volcano-looking mountain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Sugar_Loaf Cannot locate the likely gun emplacement on Google maps, though.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Aug/2018 09:26:25

    Beside the sea? I think it is Croagh Patrick. Edit: no I don't, see below!

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    Ger Cos

    • 03/Aug/2018 09:30:41

    Judging by it's length, in comparison to the individual standing next to it, it's possible a 6 pounder field artillery piece from the very early 19th century or the 18th century.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Aug/2018 09:56:12

    There is apparently a Spanish Armada Cannon in the gardens of Westport House somewhere.

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    TJ.Photography

    • 03/Aug/2018 10:17:00

    hmm.... that's a weird way to write (7) :)

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    mcginley2012

    • 03/Aug/2018 10:17:16

    Ballinahinch?

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    derangedlemur

    • 03/Aug/2018 10:19:21

    It's not the sugarlump. I'd also go with Croagh Patrick. By comparison with the boy's foot, I'd guess it's about a 3 inch cannon.

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    derangedlemur

    • 03/Aug/2018 10:20:37

    www.arc.id.au/Cannon.html It seems a lot slimmer than any of the british designs. A google image search suggests that spanish cannons are longer.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Aug/2018 10:22:46

    Doubting myself now - I think the hill may be smaller and closer than the massive Croagh Patrick.

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    TJ.Photography

    • 03/Aug/2018 10:25:23

    By the way, upon zooming, it seems the man is a kid really or hmm well, someone in his teenage

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Aug/2018 10:31:50

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] The next door STP_1405 could be Ballynahinch Castle at some early date, so you may be right! Edit: 1405 is definitely an iteration of Ballynahinch Castle, confirmed by this French/Lawrence which includes the clifden railway of 1895+. Looks like the same mountain to me, but not the same view. The 25" is no good for this spot, and the 6" does not show a pier or jetty in the lake.

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    TJ.Photography

    • 03/Aug/2018 10:33:32

    For anaglyph fans: https://flic.kr/p/28EVxLf

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Aug/2018 11:04:14

    Here is a pic in the Connacht Tribune from Ballynahinch.

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    mcginley2012

    • 03/Aug/2018 11:19:23

    Cannon at Ballinahinch https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/43772677602/in/dateposted/

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Aug/2018 11:35:21

    That looks like it to me, [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] ! This page suggests that cannon is out on the island at the old tower house.

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    mcginley2012

    • 03/Aug/2018 11:42:18

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley The cannon is on a path at the edge of the lake, it points out to the island which you can just about see if you zoom up my photo.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Aug/2018 12:11:40

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Well done!

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    aidanhodson

    • 03/Aug/2018 12:21:56

    I believe the mountain is called Ben Lettery

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    DannyM8

    • 03/Aug/2018 12:45:37

    Good Job

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    Frank_C

    • 03/Aug/2018 15:33:45

    This photo may show the same pier - though it's been altered, and shown from a slightly different viewpoint : Lake near Ballinahinch The cannon is nearby - as shown by Anne McGinley : Cannon

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    Seuss.

    • 03/Aug/2018 23:17:57

    If it's the same cannon, it was "found in 6ft of water near the boathouse". It seems that one legend holds that the cannon was "used by the O’Flaherty’s to defend their headquarters". I did not see the cannon listed among the equipment available at the nearby Connemara Shooting School.

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    domenico milella

    • 04/Aug/2018 07:45:35

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album. Nice Week End.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Aug/2018 19:34:08

    Great - Thanks in particular to https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]! Map, tags, and description duly updated :)

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 13/Aug/2018 08:00:05

    Well done