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Where: Leinster, Carlow, Ireland

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When: Unknown

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While searching the archive, I came across this photograph of a cross in stereo, and I immediately said to myself, they will never find the location! The catalogue description is equally nondescript. It says “Small rude stone cross of 1 piece” which must be one of the vaguest descriptions in the whole catalogue. Excellent, I thought, this is as tough as it gets. Good luck with the detective work!

Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton

Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence

Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection

Date: between ca. 1860-1883

NLI Ref: STP_1886

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Nov/2020 05:48:35

    If you are free on Tuesday 17th at 1.00pm why not join our exhibition guides for a virtual taste of 'Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again'. Enjoy a fascinating journey exploring the highlights of Heaney’s archive, from his rural origins through to his remarkable career as a poet. Date: 1pm, Tuesday 17 November Platform: Zoom Click here for full details and (free) ticket booking

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    redfox25414

    • 10/Nov/2020 06:10:59

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    derangedlemur

    • 10/Nov/2020 07:57:26

    Sharon must be sleeping late. I'll see what I can find in the meantime...

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    maigheo1

    • 10/Nov/2020 08:11:45

    I’m free on Friday but it’s the 13th, please check the Seamus Heaney announcement.

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    derangedlemur

    • 10/Nov/2020 08:49:13

    There's a lot of Clonmacnoise adjacent to it in the catalogue.

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    Rory_Sherlock

    • 10/Nov/2020 08:59:03

    Looks like granite - very like the Tully crosses, but I don't think this one's from Tully - probably somewhere around Wicklow / Dublin / Carlow though directionireland.com/index.php?obj=Tully%20Church%20and%2...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Nov/2020 09:10:39

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Apologies. You're absolutely right, thank you. Seamus Heaney tour is on Tuesday 17th.

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    maczeug2

    • 10/Nov/2020 09:13:55

     Interesting capture ;-)

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    suckindeesel

    • 10/Nov/2020 09:24:15

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Would remind you of the Tully Cross, but shorter. I wonder how they'll survive now that the whole area is a building site and completely unrecognisable.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 10/Nov/2020 09:35:15

    It might be this one in Leighlin?

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    sharon.corbet

    • 10/Nov/2020 09:35:59

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Oh, and I noticed your vile calumny!

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    Rory_Sherlock

    • 10/Nov/2020 09:41:58

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet I think you might have found it! Here's the description of the Old Leighlin cross from the Archaeological Survey of Ireland: "Small granite undecorated wheeled cross with edge mouldings now standing in modern enclosure by St Molaise's Well (CW011-016004-). Granite base set in modern plinth. (Cross, H 1.27m; max. Wth 0.60m; T 0.15m; Base H 0.15m; 0.70m x 0.70m)"

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    Rory_Sherlock

    • 10/Nov/2020 09:44:51

    Here's Tom and Maria Nelligan's photo of the Old Leighlin Cross - Flickr is sometimes amazing: Old Leighlin, Cross, Holy Well and Rag Tree

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    John Spooner

    • 10/Nov/2020 09:50:38

    I can't offer any information on the cross, except that it really stands out when viewed through suitable viewing apparatus.

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    suckindeesel

    • 10/Nov/2020 09:51:42

    St Laserian's cross www.megalithicireland.com/St%20Laserian%27s%20Holy%20Well...

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    John Spooner

    • 10/Nov/2020 09:57:31

    This song appeared in several newspapers in the 2nd half of the 1890s, this is from the Hampshire Telegraph "And far as Leighlin Cross the fields are green and still" Hampshire Telegraph - Saturday 03 December 1898

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    sharon.corbet

    • 10/Nov/2020 09:57:41

    25" OSI Map Some information on the nearby well, including the traditions surrounding it.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Nov/2020 10:40:52

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet Sharon Corbet, I do not know how you do it! I am in awe of your detective skills!

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    derangedlemur

    • 10/Nov/2020 10:53:17

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet It's a disgrace that I didn't recognise it myself; I've seen it in the flesh several times.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 10/Nov/2020 10:54:43

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland She's a witch, I tells ya, a witch! :) https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet

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    sharon.corbet

    • 10/Nov/2020 10:57:19

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] In this case, the base of the cross in this sketch looked similar enough for me to go looking for crosses in Leighlinbridge. (However, this sketch, which I only found afterwards, of the cross is a bit more like the photo.)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Nov/2020 12:21:10

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet We will have to consider barring you from the catalogue!! https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]

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    John Spooner

    • 10/Nov/2020 14:06:51

    'Tis a bit rufty and dufty, but for the firft time in a while: Sudden Death Klaxon!!! Derby Mercury - Friday 21 February 1752 (Derby Mercury - Friday 21 February 1752)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Nov/2020 15:17:42

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner I have Inflantly updated the Tags, 'Tis very remarkable indeed!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 10/Nov/2020 19:48:04

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet is amafing! I like the smiling face of this cross, and want to touch the smooth curves. Why didn't it fall over?

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    sharon.corbet

    • 10/Nov/2020 20:01:38

    Oh, while we're looking at Celtic crosses near holy wells, can someone with better Irish than I do see if they can figure out what the sign says below? I managed to find a couple of clearer shots of the sign and they're linked in the comments: https://www.flickr.com/photos/swedish_heritage_board/50267408056

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    O Mac

    • 11/Nov/2020 01:57:37

    sharon.corbet It's Ulster Irish... rough translation Thobair Beannuighidh. Well of blessing. (Blessed Well) An Thaighearna Molaid agus Móraid The Lord of Praise and Majesty/Greatness. Irish would be. Tobar beannaithe Tiarna Moladh agus Mórgachta

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    sharon.corbet

    • 11/Nov/2020 08:07:26

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thank you! Pre-caighdéan Irish with all it's extra letters always confuses me :-)

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    O Mac

    • 11/Nov/2020 10:49:21

    sharon.corbet Less letters but with more dots and squiggles. The "r" and "s" always got me. Twas just being phased out when I started school way back in the 20th century. One day there next day gone. Slap bang agus dún de bhéal.... ouch.