What a spectacle? A spectacle bridge.

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This magnificent shot of a magnificent bridge in Lisdoonvarna, County Clare was taken by Mr. French for the Lawrence Collection. The unusual structure fills that great height to perfection, and must have delighted the engineer who designed and constructed it?

The engineer (according to our contributors, the NIAH and Archiseek) was John Hill, who built the structure in 1850...

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_CAB_00920

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    abandoned railways

    • 30/May/2019 07:45:19


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    telling mandible

    • 30/May/2019 07:52:16

    Built in 1850 designed by John Hill www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?type=record&...

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    • 30/May/2019 09:04:40

    Without the fellow on top, it is difficult to get a sense of the scale. In 2012 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/swieler/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/swieler/7084075043/

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    • 30/May/2019 09:37:03

    It seems to be relatively unknown and unsigned - www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/a-spectacle-1.925831

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/May/2019 11:41:18

    Entirely unremarkable from road level in Streetview. Named on the OSI 25" at GeoHive.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/May/2019 11:48:22

    The ivy pattern here looks similar to STP_1907 which is definitely before 1883. More overgrown in L_CAB_06204 and in L_CAB_06203 with some pre-1900 fashion (top hats and whatever that vampire lady is wearing). Even more overgrown in L_CAB_08831, in which several gents are sporting straw hats, so probably after 1900. No ivy in this 1890-1910 Mason in the archive, M40/26. Was the ivy removed, or I could be missing the fact that one side has ivy and the other doesn't? Yes, ivy pics have a pole at left, ivyless have a pole at right. The house visible through the ivyless arch suggests those are looking East, so this one is looking West.

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    • 30/May/2019 12:19:06

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley There are also more cows, and people in a carriage in that stereo pair. I think they are almost the same time; this one a few minutes earlier. Spectacular!

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    serenity's world

    • 31/May/2019 04:47:49


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    • 31/May/2019 08:44:19

    Congrats !!

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    • 31/May/2019 08:59:22

    Excellent shot

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    Phil Marion (227 million views - THANKS)

    • 31/May/2019 11:04:02

    Wonderful photo!! And congratulations on E X P L O R E ! I must admit I am a bit jealous. Can't figure out why mine never get selected. Regardless, I also loved your stream. Please take a look at mine some time too, if you have the chance: www.flickr.com/photos/phil_marion/albums You won't be disappointed! Via Today's Explore at #24 on Fluidr

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    Luca Bobbiesi

    • 31/May/2019 14:39:07

    Excellent shot!

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    Carlos Santos - Alapraia

    • 31/May/2019 14:48:52

    Nice photo, nice title.

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    • 02/Jun/2019 20:36:31

    they had some holes left in the inventory, hence the circle above the water and below the walkway.

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    • 20/Jun/2019 07:48:12