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Where: Clare, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1890

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This pair may have had something to do with Newtown Castle near Ballyvaughan in Co. Clare. Apparently, this is a ballad singer and his mother. The paper the son is holding is a printed poem with the heading Lines on the Scenery round St. Bridget's Well in the County Clare.

Date: Circa 1890

NLI Ref.: L_CAB_06213

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Swordscookie

    • 20/Dec/2011 10:32:53

    WOW!!! What a lovely photograph of the mother and her son. I could look at that all day and marvel at the image. A poet in his finery with the loving mother by his side, dressed in their day to day clothes and posing for the gentleman/woman with the camera. Look at the hat on the ground, at the weather beaten skin on their faces and hands, the long strong fingers of the man and the well worn shoes on the pair of them? Magic!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 20/Dec/2011 10:35:38

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie And her wedding ring has become very loose on her fingers as they've shrunk with age... Did check to see if we have a copy of that poem in our collections, but if we do, it's not individually catalogued. Maybe in our collections of street poems and ballads.

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    Swordscookie

    • 20/Dec/2011 11:41:23

    On Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Brigid's_Well it says that a wandering poet once wrote - "On St Brigid’s Eve, as night fell, My mother and I went to Saint Brigid’s Well, Where the candles do burn and the great walls do shine on the graves of the dead and the vaults of O’Brien" Could those be the words of our Poet friend above? It would be great to find out and get the entire text.

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    @ltin zaçe

    • 20/Dec/2011 12:20:49

    great old photography ...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 20/Dec/2011 16:43:25

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie Wouldn't that be amazing?

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    anna_musu on -Little present.

    • 20/Dec/2011 18:10:01

    Mi piace veramente tanto Splendida foto...!!! Complimenti,. AUGURI DI BUONE FESTE.

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    Laralucy

    • 20/Dec/2011 18:11:34

    Bellissima Foto!

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    jon smith.

    • 20/Dec/2011 18:27:17

    amazing photograph. touching, story telling and an atmosphere i can almost smell. great upload!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 20/Dec/2011 21:54:26

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/unanoslucror Thank you! Had something else in mind to upload today, but spotted them, and just found them irrestistible...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 20/Dec/2011 21:56:15

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Grazie, e un felice Natale anche a te! :)

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    scientific linen

    • 21/Dec/2011 17:00:39

    truly wonderful amazing photograph.

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    whatsthatpicture

    • 21/Dec/2011 17:47:45

    I see that this, and 26 other photographs in your wonderful Flickrstream, are tagged Lawrence Collection. Can I suggest that you start a set specifically for them, and provide some background information about William Lawrence? A few good links include britishphotohistory.ning.com/profiles/blogs/lawrence-coll... for background information, and the searchable catalog that this refers to at search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2191, and possibly the commercial site at www.lawrencecollection.com

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 22/Dec/2011 18:14:26

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/whatsthatpicture Great suggestion, and one that I'd been thinking about, and for our Poole Collection also! Will be uploading a lot of Lawrence photos over Christmas and New Year, so once I get some time in January, I'll do it. Nag me if you don't see any progress, please...

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    last page

    • 21/Jan/2012 03:11:55

    What a wonderful, Rare Photo. Thank God for camera's . Thank you, for showing us.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Jan/2012 15:36:59

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] You're very welcome!

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    * Lisa

    • 14/Feb/2012 01:29:34

    What an amazing photo !

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    samuelgraphics

    • 10/Mar/2012 17:09:16

    What a powerful and amazing photo :o)

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    bristolpotman tomspix

    • 10/Apr/2012 06:04:27

    fantastic photo What a find!

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    corncrake68

    • 15/Jun/2012 14:45:00

    What a great photo. She reminds me a bit of Brendan Carroll aka Mrs Brown and one of her boys !!!!

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    blackpoolbeach

    • 13/Sep/2012 16:44:34

    Nobody has mentioned Lisdoonvarna, written on the bottom of the photo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisdoonvarna "Famous for its music and festivals, in September each year one of Europe's largest matchmaking events is held in the town attracting upwards of 40,000 romantic hopefuls, bachelor farmers and accompanying revellers." www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00ngb4g

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    Lisa Lovingtree

    • 01/Apr/2014 13:39:46

    They are BEAUTIFUL people! I love absolutely everything about this shot -- what a treasure!

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    moccasinlanding

    • 22/Dec/2015 17:28:55

    Can someone tell me about the mother's woolen coat which looks to be very light weight, a shawl with sleeves and cuffs? I can imagine goat hair like mohair light as a feather but warm beyond belief. Beautiful people here.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 01/Aug/2016 23:49:05

    Excellent https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]! Thanks!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 20/Oct/2016 14:01:02

    I have just added this photo to our 50,000+ Views Album. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/sets/72157651136879037

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    Bernard Healy

    • 19/Jan/2021 21:46:07

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] Would you believe that I think I've found the lyrics to the ballad - or something very close to them on the website of Clare County Library? They were recorded from a folk-singer called Jamesie McCarthy in 1976, the year before he died. www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/songs/cmc/st_brigids_we... There is naught in my travels that scenery so sweet, As the hills in her bosom where the bright waters meet, And the clear running brogue through the graveyard can tell, Of the grand waters falling near St Brigid’s Well. When you visit this well if are inclined, You can see a grand monument of Cornelius O’Brien. He was a High Sheriff, and an MP, And he fought to gain Erin her bright liberty. The hills they’re most beautiful sincerely you’ll see. Ennistymon, Lahinch and Miltown Malbay. And the clear Cliffs of Moher, the travelers can tell, Of the grand sulphur spa, and St Brigid’s Well. On St Brigid’s Eve just as the night fell, My mother and I went to St Brigid’s Well. Many candles did burn, bright lights did shine, O’er the grave of the dead and the vault of O’Brien. The graveyard is most beautiful as you walk along, You can see a grand walk with a door quite strong. And right through the door a coffin does shine Where there lies the remains of Cornelius O’Brien. Lisdoonvarna’s grand scenery is most beautiful to see, And the hill’s lovely rivers flowing onto the sea. And the tourists of Ireland, many can tell, Of the grand sulphur spa and St Brigid’s Well. In sweet County Clare there is scenery most grand, Should you travel Kilrush and Kilkee’s lovely strand. For yet in my travels there is none can compel, With the beautifully scenery round St Brigid’s Well.

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    Swordscookie

    • 19/Jan/2021 22:41:21

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy Very well done! For a moment I thought it was my mother singing The Meeting of the Waters!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 20/Jan/2021 06:29:56

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie Brilliant!