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Where: Munster, Clare, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1907

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From the heights of Galway with Monkey Morgan to the rocks of south Galway/north Clare with the Aran Islands in the background, in a typical Robert French image. Dongore which French assigns to Galway, or Doonagore which the cataloguer assigns to Clare, looks like a grand place for a walk. But would you want to live there?

+++ UPDATE +++
The Lawrence glass plate negative may well say Galway, but Doonagore Castle is absolutely, without a doubt, indubitably in Co. Clare. The castle looks a little down-at-heel in this photo, but was fully restored in the 1970s, and is a private home. Thanks to Niall McAuley’s work on another Clare photo, we can narrow the date of this one from around 1865-1914, right down to around 1905-1910.

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865-1914 1905-1910

NLI Ref: L_ROY_04127

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    • 10/Mar/2021 09:02:20

    Google says Clare Streetview Doonagore Castle was restored in the 1970s according to Wikipedia

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    • 10/Mar/2021 09:11:55

    This seems to be a very geographically challenged castle - French had it in Co. Galway, this sketch claims Co. Antrim, whereas this catalogue page says Co. Dublin.

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    • 10/Mar/2021 09:32:32

    Flickr is sometimes 🌈 AMAZING!🌈. In 2020 via

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    • 10/Mar/2021 09:38:23

    25" OSI

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    Ger Cos

    • 10/Mar/2021 11:30:08

    Me arse it is... Doonagore Castle in Doolin, Co. Clare. Even back in those days @@galwaytourism were trying to claim the Burren as theirs, including the Cliffs of Moher.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Mar/2021 11:49:20

    Next door in the catalog is L_ROY_04126, which is also geographically nearby: Moher Cascade

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Mar/2021 11:56:00

    Looks like it might be the same side-car driver at Ballinalacken a bit North, in L_ROY_04124

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Mar/2021 12:15:47

    Also nearby in both senses is L_ROY_04129, Ennistymon: Main St. Ennistymon, Co. Clare Which I guessed was 1905-1910.

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    • 10/Mar/2021 14:41:12

    Great photo. Thanks again.

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    • 10/Mar/2021 21:22:34

    NIAH entry

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    • 11/Mar/2021 08:52:02[email protected]/ thanks for sharing my picture here! It’s really surprising how the castle was deteriorated in the past and how beautiful was the reconstruction.

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    • 12/Mar/2021 04:15:15

    Congrats on Explore! ⭐ March 11, 2021

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    • 12/Mar/2021 07:20:06

    ✨🌟★❤✯♥♡✨ Very beautiful ✨♡♥✯❤★🌟✨

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    marinela 2008

    • 12/Mar/2021 08:44:23

    Congrats on Explore !

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    • 12/Mar/2021 08:46:28

    Congratulations on Explore

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    acceptable lip

    • 12/Mar/2021 09:26:49

     Magnificent pic! ;-)

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    • 12/Mar/2021 13:14:31

    👍 Congrats !!

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    Wayne Moran Travel Photography

    • 12/Mar/2021 13:16:12

    wow such interesting unique fabulous work. Congratulations on Explore!

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    GiovanniQ Rome, World Without Humans

    • 12/Mar/2021 13:26:08

    Nice work. Congratulations on Explore! ;-D

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    Mr. Happy Face - Peace :)

    • 12/Mar/2021 17:58:39

    Beautiful Photography ! Happy Fence Friday :)

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    • 12/Mar/2021 22:45:23

    Marvelous image. Congratulations

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    • 13/Mar/2021 06:25:50

    Great photo here!