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A pair of couples in a graveyard searching among the tumbled stones looking for names and memories? Cemeteries are fascinating places wherever they may be, and old ones like this can be places for peace and reflection. Fergus O'Connor took some very interesting images but where was this? When was it taken? And is there any special reason for the photograph?

Photographer: Fergus O’Connor

Collection: Fergus O’Connor Collection

Date: 1920s?

NLI Ref: OCO 144

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    O Mac

    • 04/Dec/2020 08:35:47

    A pair of couples A couple of pairs A couple of couples. Four people at Glendalough

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 04/Dec/2020 09:01:10[email protected] You're a poet and we didn't know it:-)

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    O Mac

    • 04/Dec/2020 09:07:42

    National Library of Ireland on The Commons Should have been more specific and said four living people at Glendalough.....considering. Correction... They're all dead.

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    • 04/Dec/2020 09:41:33

    [[email protected]] Two apples make a pear! Those hats are looking extremely cloche-ey. I vote for 1920s.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Dec/2020 11:13:10

    Google CemeteryView

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    • 05/Dec/2020 12:00:54

    Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul – COI "The Cathedral is the largest of the seven churches in Glendalough. It was built in several phases from the 10th through the early 13th century. Large mica schist stones, which form the foundation up to the height of the west doorway, were re-used from an earlier smaller church. The earliest part is the nave with antae for supporting the wooden roof. The chancel, sacristy, and north door were added in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. The north doorway to the nave also dates from this period. Inside there is a wall cupboard, a stone font, many grave slabs, and the remains of a decorated arch"

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    • 10/Dec/2020 16:10:14

    The Antae are .seen on so many of these old Irish churches. My take on this is that when they began to build stone walled . churches replacing the previous wooden ones which were built as you see log cabins with the logs overlapping at the corners they followed that traditional shape and had the wall extend at the corners. This also facilitated the construction of the roof of these buildings. The Irish didn't make planks as the Romans had noted about their boat construction techniques.