Window with possible baptismal font to fore.

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I was mistaken during the week when I described the beautiful castle as being a ruin but there is little doubt about this one! A beautiful window in a ruined monastery with an altar/baptismal font in the foreground. Where is it and what does it look like today?

The answer (which I will keep short as Flickr is breaking my heart today) is that this is Muckross Abbey in County Kerry....

Collection: Mason Photographic Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1890-1910

NLI Ref: M51/29

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 24/May/2019 10:14:14

    Muckross Abbey. See also other photos from the Mason, Eblana and Lawrence collections.

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    • 24/May/2019 10:31:19

    Flickr is sometimes amazing! The French/Lawrence photo cropped via Does this image need flipping - see the background tree?

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    • 24/May/2019 10:48:27

    [] I think you're right and it should be flipped - the windows (upper pointed arches) are on the right-hand wall, rather than the left - see this google photosphere. Also, the creatures on the urn are facing the wrong way if you look in Megazoom.

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    • 24/May/2019 10:57:10

    [] And there are two French/Lawrence photos. This Mason one is a 'round' crop of the NLI's . The [] version was taken very slightly to the left at the same time (see the relative position of the font/altar to the window tracery, and the similar vegetation). It's complicated!

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    • 24/May/2019 11:05:25

    Aha! It's not a font or an altar but an 1818(?) tomb. See the difficult-to-read inscription on the google photosphere.

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    • 24/May/2019 12:22:23

    [] I read that as 1919 and I don't see an inscription on any of the photos. However there seems to be graffitti in some of them instead. Findagrave also claims 1919. There are 135 photos by French/Lawrence (plus a couple of stereo pairs) featuring various views of and around Muckross Abbey. I can't find the one that matches yours, but only 60 are digitised...

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    • 24/May/2019 13:48:22

    [] Ok ! It was originally "The tomb of O'Donoghue of the Glens", according to this 1912 illustrated article, which shows the tree on the right had gone by 1912 (at latest) - (RH top photo) 1899 tomb desecration at Muckross - caution: contains "a sound thrashing" ...