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I've always loved the Stereo Pairs Collection so when one pops up for posting it jumps the queue! Today shows a strange landscape, almost lunar for it's surface but with that strange arch seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Where is it? What does it look like now and what exactly is that man with the funny cap sketching????

Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton

Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence

Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection

Date: between ca. 1860-1883

NLI Ref: STP_1526

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    • 08/Nov/2022 09:07:07

    Ooo! I'm getting the dejas. Keem Bay on Achill Island ?

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    • 08/Nov/2022 09:17:50

    In August 2015 -

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    • 08/Nov/2022 09:36:12

    Nearby in the catalogue -

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    • 08/Nov/2022 09:50:48

    From the NIAH - "Single-arch road bridge over stream, completed 1829. Sited spanning stream with unkempt embankments to stream. ... "A bridge representing an important component of the early nineteenth-century civil engineering heritage of Achill Island with the architectural value of the composition, one recalling the Alexander Nimmo (1783-1832)-designed Glennanean Bridge (1829-30), Coill an Locháin [Cuillaloughaun] (see 31306601), confirmed by the "pointed" profile of the arch making a dramatic visual statement at a crossing over a minor stream 'scarcely to be tracked to the sea' (Barrow 1836, 32)." See -

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    catb -

    • 08/Nov/2022 09:55:53

    And in July 2022:

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    • 08/Nov/2022 09:59:20

    Reverse-ish view -

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    John Spooner

    • 08/Nov/2022 13:00:53

    Unlike many stereo photos, which have just a foreground and background to give a 3-D effect, this has several objects at varying distances from the camera. On the right, nearest the camera, rocks, then the seated gentleman, then the stone structure, the arch and the land beyond it. On the left there is an impression of depth as the eye follows the valley up to the arch, interrupted slightly by a spur. A very pleasing effect when viewed through a suitable apparatus, only slightly improved with the removal of hairs and the UFO. It gets my vote for Stereo of the Year (so far). BTW I read the about the importance of having several planes in a stereograph in a 19th century periodical, but I can't find it now.

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    O Mac

    • 08/Nov/2022 14:47:58

    The scenes where Brendan Gleeson's character, Colm, lives in McDonaghs new film The Banshees of Inisherin were shot here at Keem.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Nov/2022 16:29:16[email protected] I am looking forward to seeing the movie! Mary

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    • 08/Nov/2022 17:15:27 via Orlik Without that ugly building

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    O Mac

    • 08/Nov/2022 21:38:29[email protected]/ It's astonishing. It's a must see.