A dry stone wall to hold back the tide?

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Galway by Edward - 2 of 8 the title of the image says and it shows a tidal inlet on what is now the "Wild Atlantic Way" in County Galway. This is a scene, that anybody who has ever driven along the West coast of Ireland will be familiar with, the road following the shoreline and drystone walls on the water side. I expect some of our experts on the West to come to our aid on this so lets be having you O Mac, Ger Cos et al???

Photographers: Dillon Family

Contributors: Luke Gerald Dillon, Augusta Caroline Dillon

Collection: Clonbrock photographic Collection

Date: Circa 1900

NLI Ref: CLON1033

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    O Mac

    • 16/Nov/2021 08:56:17

    National Library of Ireland on The Commons There you are now. Connemara Loop maps.app.goo.gl/ayCHQ6QnXzuDkHXv8 I drove by there yesterday a bit better. Leenane Hotel maps.app.goo.gl/PufM65dkJEBph4xw6 The Leenane Hotel is just to the left.

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    O Mac

    • 16/Nov/2021 09:06:43

    We have seen the hotel numerous times. .along with the MGWR's new touring omnibuses.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 16/Nov/2021 09:29:15

    I recognize that telegraph / telephone pole! Reverse-ish view - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000333180 But the pole is not in this earlier view - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/43393385312/]

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    John Spooner

    • 16/Nov/2021 13:58:08

    Is this the wall? Among the invitations to contractors to tender in the Galway Express - Saturday 5 March 1887

    To build 8 breeches breaches of retaining and protection wall on the road from Clifden to Westport, between the barony meeting meering and Leenaun Hotel. Not to exceed £l2.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 16/Nov/2021 19:12:24

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner it sure could be! Good value, I am not sure you would get 8 suitable stones for £12 now. I wonder what "8 breeches" meant?

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    John Spooner

    • 16/Nov/2021 19:26:01

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland I've just checked the article and it's "breaches". Not that I'm any the wiser as to what it is.

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    O Mac

    • 16/Nov/2021 21:26:21

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Would it be to build up/rebuild a breach in the wall. I can find no reference to a 'breach' being a unit of length of stone walling.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 16/Nov/2021 22:17:54

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Owen, that sounds more plausible, and more in line with the reasonably small payment.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 16/Nov/2021 22:28:37

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] A boundary of the Barony of Ross is very close to the Leenane Hotel - See map Could "between barony meering and Leenaun Hotel" describe this part of the road?

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    suckindeesel

    • 16/Nov/2021 22:48:36

    On the 6" arcg.is/0yr8rf

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    O Mac

    • 16/Nov/2021 23:04:24

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ There's apparently no such word as "meering". maybe it is merging? oh I don't know anymore....there was a football club in Leenane where the letter F had fallen off the sign over the gate to the pitch. The sign then read A C Leenane....twas very funny.. That was around the time The Field was shot there...1990... 31 years ago..OMG...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 17/Nov/2021 05:22:38

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] A C Leenane ;-)

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 17/Nov/2021 06:17:49

    flickr.com/photos/johnspooner/ flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ "meering" maybe meant mooring, since it is a water feature.

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    suckindeesel

    • 17/Nov/2021 08:48:11

    "Sometimes on lonely mountain meres / I find a magic bark" (Tennyson).

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    John Spooner

    • 17/Nov/2021 09:02:18

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/cassidyphotography https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland All the other invitations to tender in the notice use the perch as a unit of measurement. So perhaps (and it's a bit of a stretch) "breaches" is meant to be perches. I always thought that a perch was a quarter of a chain (and therefore 5½ yards) but wikipedia tells us that the Irish perch was standardised at 21ft (7 yards). So if that is the case, the required wall would be 56 yards long. Looks like it might be the barony boundary as https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland suggested. Some more clues, or red herrings. Invitations to tender in the Tuam Herald - Saturday 15 July 1871 mention (in Athenry Barony)

    To keep in repair for 7 years 1053 perches of the road from Athenry to Tuam, between the north gate of Athenry and the mearing of the barony at Cussane, not to exceed £35 2s 0d at 8d per perch.
    and (in Ballynahinch Barony)
    To keep in repair for 7 years 2884 perches of the road from Clifden to Westport, between Tullywee Bridge, near Kylemore and the barony bounds near Leenaun , not to exceed £36 4s 0d at 3d per perch.
    Aha! wiktionary defines a "mearing" as "a boundary between pieces of land." My word of the day. I conclude that whoever put together that particular invitation to tender in the Galway Express couldn't spell.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 17/Nov/2021 09:29:19

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner Great job John, thank you. Mearing, my tag of the day.

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    John Spooner

    • 17/Nov/2021 13:22:30

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] The parish of Meering in Nottinghamshire has more mearings than parishioners (0 in the 2001 census)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 17/Nov/2021 15:33:34

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner I came across that parish while searching!

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    John Spooner

    • 17/Nov/2021 16:28:36

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland I was brought up not far from there, and I must have cycled past countless times, but I'd never heard of it.

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 18/Nov/2021 00:28:38

    flickr.com/photos/johnspooner/ I thought perch was a fish.