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Where: Connaught, County Roscommon, Ireland

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The church of the Sacred Heart in Roscommon Town rises above a very impressive depiction of the crucifixion down below. It looks pristine and new here, but how does it look today?

Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: between 1903-1920

NLI Ref: EAS_3356

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 17/Jun/2020 08:16:57

    Photo by Jason Pantig, 2019: www.flickr.com/photos/cinos27/33922663868/ The spire was added in 1916 www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/31817...

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    • 17/Jun/2020 08:22:40

    Still looking good goo.gl/maps/imefPzaRQpcMPWFj7

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    • 17/Jun/2020 08:35:04

    A nice YouTube tour and history youtu.be/y4RBk7vbpww Note the 'all seeing eye' symbol above the rose window with the Alpha and Omega letters below

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    • 17/Jun/2020 09:08:28

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] That's a good history; at about 1:02 it shows a Lawrence (Eblana) photo of the dedication (?) in 1903 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000561962 Mr French / Lawrence was there earlier - the grotto mural is incomplete and there is a wooden criss-cross fence around it - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000320103 . So when was the fence replaced? Before the 1916 spire at least ...

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    • 17/Jun/2020 09:26:36

    The earlier French / Lawrence photo was taken at exactly the same position as this Eason unidentified photographer one. See the tall lamps either side of the church, etc. What are the chances of that happening with different photographers?! catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000320103 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000558981

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    • 17/Jun/2020 09:32:38

    Here's the interesting bit: www.pipeorgansirl.com/roscommon Incidentally, I used to work with this guy in Jonesie's (AKA Kenneth Jones & Assoc).

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    • 17/Jun/2020 10:14:28

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I like pipe organ stuff! I see this one was installed in 1912, and not evident in this French / Lawrence interior 'west' photo - see also the lethal gas jet lamps - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000320108

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    • 17/Jun/2020 11:33:32

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia It must be the best location for shots as even the one by Jason Pantig, above, is from the same spot. Symmetry etc? It surely is a beautiful structure and one for my bucket list if I ever happen to visit Roscommon. They don't make them like that anymore.

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    • 17/Jun/2020 12:15:06

    The clock hasn't been installed yet, a date of 1915 can be seen in modern photos. The stone cross atop the grotto is from the old church, now a BOI branch. The holy water font is from the 18th century Penal Law times.

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    • 17/Jun/2020 15:53:36

    A wonderful photograph.

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    • 17/Jun/2020 16:47:52

    So, 1903/4-1914/5, so far

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 25/Jun/2020 07:00:04

    Well captured