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This beautiful Royal plate from the lens of Mr. French makes Sundays Well in Cork look the way most Cork people see their city and county! The beautiful scene with that tranquil water is absolutely perfect....

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914. Likely after c.1879 (church)

NLI Ref: L_ROY_06593

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    domenico milella

    • 25/Sep/2018 07:40:35

    Congratulation for tour beautiful Album.

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    • 25/Sep/2018 08:29:26

    Historic Map 25 inch

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    • 25/Sep/2018 08:32:20

    The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, formerly Saint Mary's, was consecrated in 1879

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    • 25/Sep/2018 08:40:01

    This is where Daly's Bridge (more commonly known as The Shakey Bridge) was later built.

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    • 25/Sep/2018 08:41:46

    (Edited to provide embedded image rather than just hyperlink) The always-interesting John F. Finerty (nearly) strikes again in his excellent "Pictures of Ireland", published in 1898. On page 300, he talks about St. Vincent's Church in Sunday's Well and provides this description to go along with the image: p300i - St. Vincent's Church, Sunday's Well "ST. VINCENT'S CHURCH, SUNDAY'S WELL, CORK. -The sketch shows, seated picturesquely on an eminence above the river Lee, the Catholic Church of St. Vincent, which is the principal ecclesiastical edifice in the suburb of the city of Cork, known as Sunday's Well. It is so called from an ancient spring, said to have been made sacred to Druid rites before the era of Christianity in Ireland, and afterward utilized by the Catholic Fathers for baptismal purposes. The spring contains water peculiarly clear and cold, absolutely devoid of mineral flavor, and is much prized by the inhabitants of the district. Owing to its fine situation, Sunday's Well was formerly much visited by the citizens of Cork, and many handsome homes existed there. The changes wrought by time, however, have not been favorable to the district as a fashionable residence locality, and the well-to-do people now build their dwellings elsewhere. Yet Sunday's Well is by no means abandoned, and the view to be obtained from the hill above the Lee, is regarded as one of the finest in the beauteous South of Ireland. There is a tradition to the effect that the gallant and ill—fated Lord Edward Fitzgerald resided, "on his keeping" in the vicinity, during the month of April, 1798. On his return to Dublin, he was captured, severely wounded and died in prison."

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    • 25/Sep/2018 09:20:22 I was just thinking, that's a very CoI looking steeple.

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    Oretani Wildlife (Mike Grimes)

    • 25/Sep/2018 09:32:19

    Where I have added the note to the picture was my grandfather's house and where my father grew up. I remember very little about the house itself, but I loved the gardens that went down to the river, the geraniums in the glasshouse, the wrought iron tables and chairs and that funny looking "munkle pezzle" tree. I always thought it would have been a wonderful place to grow up. A boat was always at the bottom of the garden for trips down the river in my fathers youth. My grandfather was Prof. Michael Grimes. Here's a snippet from the UCC website about him. "Professor Michael Grimes was the first microbiologist to be employed by UCC. He became Professor of Dairy Bacteriology in 1940 thus creating the Department of Dairy Bacteriology (the forerunner of the School of Microbiology). Professor Grimes made a very significant contribution to the development of Microbiology as a discipline in UCC, both as a teacher and researcher. He was a major promoter of pasteurisation of liquid milk and he was very influential in having pasteurisation adopted for the treatment of milk in Ireland." You could also read some more about him and my grandmother in Ed Walsh's book "Upstart" on pages 4 and 5.

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    abandoned railways

    • 25/Sep/2018 09:35:36

    The Shaky Bridge replaced the ferry, but at the time the ferrymen caused disruption, and delay, until their grievences were settled, their loss of livelihood. The ferry steps are still in situ on the south bank.

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    • 25/Sep/2018 09:55:10

    Flickr is sometimes amazing! In 2015 via's grandfather's trees have grown!

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    • 25/Sep/2018 10:08:36

    that is a lovely capture, nice reflections in the water

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    Carol Maddock

    • 25/Sep/2018 11:01:09

    [] Gorgeous memories! Found these references in our Sources database.

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    • 25/Sep/2018 22:09:21

    Buena serie de fotos antiguas .

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    five reward

    • 11/Oct/2018 21:49:30

    Probably a bit late and no one will notice ths comment! But just along the road from Mike Grimes' place - the big detached house at the left of the picture is Mount Vernon - home of gt gt uncle Francis Guy, Managing Director of Guy & Co. at the turn of the 20th century. (We have had one or two of Guy & Co pictures on this site before) Martyn Guy

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 11/Oct/2018 23:34:12

    Big Brother notices everything [] :) Thanks for that. That is interesting. Just for fun, here's the original/"main" Guys image:

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    abandoned railways

    • 15/Oct/2019 08:03:54 Under restoration, with the area cleared.