The Cromlech, the boy, the cows and the DOG!

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The Irish Tourism Association Photographic Collection contains images taken in the first half of the 20th century and so today we begin with an unusual image of a "Cromlech". The Ballinmont Cromlech appears to have been damaged over the millenia and a tree has taken hold in the heart of the tomb. A young man with his cattle stand beside the stones while a border collie pokes his head into the frame.

Photographers: Various

Collection: Irish Tourism Association Photographic Collection

Date: 1942

NLI Ref: NPA ITA 377

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Dr. Ilia

    • 08/Sep/2022 08:00:06

    nicely framed

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    Foxglove

    • 08/Sep/2022 08:03:33

    ...half a dog is better than no dog at all .... apparently only a small number on the east coast but over 500 on the west. Others in Wales, Cornwall and Brittany..

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Sep/2022 08:18:11

    The catalogue says: Ballinmont Cromlech, Glanworth, Co. Cork.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Sep/2022 08:20:17

    There is a townland called Ballynamona just north of Glanworth, and a Pillar Stone marked on the 6".

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    O Mac

    • 08/Sep/2022 08:23:56

    Nice dungarees.. very fashionable.

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    Black and White Fine Art

    • 08/Sep/2022 08:25:13

    Excellent!!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Sep/2022 08:40:43

    There are a few dolmens, slabs and cairns SW of Glanworth.

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    John Spooner

    • 08/Sep/2022 08:50:01

    It got a preservation order in 1951, announced in the Waterford Standard - Saturday 08 December 1951, which descibed it as a "horned cairn", which led me to this website - Ballynamona Lower Court Tomb. Is this the same one? I have my doubts.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Sep/2022 08:55:04

    I can not find any reference to a Ballinmont

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    Deirge (Del)

    • 08/Sep/2022 09:01:39

    The cattle in the appear small against the herdsman even allowing for the fact they are further back in the background. But cattle were bred smaller then. The black beast with the horns appears well fed so probably quite mature. The variety of breeds/colours in this herd is more typical of yesteryear. The chances are the cattle might have gathered round out of curiosity to see what was going on at the photoshoot, they also probably would prefer to keep an eye on the dog but they also look very aware the dog is under control and not bothering them at the moment.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Sep/2022 09:05:26

    This one looks better to me: www.megalithicmonumentsofireland.com/COUNTIES/CORK/Glanwo... This could be it on a Google maps aerial view - a split stone in a field (no tree anymore). The row of hills on the horizon in the image would mean we are looking SW towards the Nagles.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Sep/2022 09:50:03

    Next up in the catalogue, NPA ITA 378 and 379 are of Glanworth too.

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    John Spooner

    • 08/Sep/2022 10:21:07

    Confusingly (and of no relevance here) there are two adjoining bits of land in Femanagh called "Ballinamona" and "Cairns", mentioned in an 1838 court case in which a Mr Tennant was a landlord. The were gales of laughter in court when a piece of correspondence was produced as evidence and it was pointed out that Mr Tennant was in fact the letter.

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    suckindeesel

    • 08/Sep/2022 13:03:46

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Described as Cromlech on the later 6”

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    lonewolf77357w

    • 08/Sep/2022 14:54:56

    What a pic of yesteryear!👍❤️

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    suckindeesel

    • 08/Sep/2022 21:26:42

    Could be a male and female standing stone pair

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    John Spooner

    • 09/Sep/2022 08:58:01

    A few weeks ago the BBC showed a program, narrated by Ardal O'Hanlon, on Irish archaeology in the 1930s. It was as fascinating as the program description suggests.:

    The story of an epic 1930s quest to find the origins of the earliest Irish men and women on the island of Ireland using archaeology. Ardal goes back to world-famous archaeological sites to see how Ireland had some of the most important finds in Europe at the time. Further beneath the surface, Ardal discovers how both in Northern Ireland and what was then called the Irish Free State, archaeology was being used as an important tool for nation-building, as both states forged new identities in the wake of Partition. He unravels a forgotten time period, when a team of Americans from Harvard University, a Nazi archaeologist from Austria and a Welsh geography professor based in Belfast dug up ancient sites across the country. Their pioneering work laid the foundation for modern archaeology in Ireland, north and south, and yet is largely a forgotten story. Through Ardal’s journey, the film rediscovers this strange 1930s tale but also ends up answering some of Ardal’s deepest questions about the Celts, and ultimately, what it means to be Irish.
    I don't know about the availability of iPlayer outside the UK, but it's well worth watching IMO if you have the chance: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0017b0b/ardal-ohanlon-tomb... Available at least until the end of 2022.

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    Carnacki_The_Ghost_Finder

    • 11/Sep/2022 18:32:26

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Could it be the Galtee mountain range in the background? Your location seems to still have a view of them. I've done a comparison photo of a very close but slightly different location on Google Earth. On your location Google Earth puts some identifying words that spoil the view. I'm not sure it really matters since the location of the rocks must be somewhere in this location between these mountain ranges on all sides. Galtee Mountain Range?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Sep/2022 11:45:44

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Looks good, so if it is the cromlech I was thinking of, we are looking SSE, sun is high a bit W of South, makes sense.

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    Carnacki_The_Ghost_Finder

    • 12/Sep/2022 16:12:09

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Amazing to find considering the limitations of it being in the middle of a field.

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 13/Sep/2022 02:01:29

    I knew him, he was outstanding in his field

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 13/Sep/2022 06:47:26

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Great job, thank you. Mary

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    Prettypetal2012

    • 22/Sep/2022 09:05:25

    < b>This photo is awarded with a gold harp. < a href="https://www.flickr.com/groups/beauty_of_ireland/">https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3064/2800465999_989ddd1f82_m.jpg" width="150" height="150" alt="Ireland?" /> < a href="https://www.flickr.com/groups/beauty_of_ireland//">Beauty of Ireland < /a>