Ballinalicken Castle, Co. Clare

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Where: Clare, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1880

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Thought we'd have a castle today for those of you as likes them!

Really love that if you let your eye drift down from the castle, you find that gentleman quietly sitting on the parapet of the bridge almost perfectly above the centre of the arch...

Date: Circa 1880??

NLI Ref.: L_CAB_00927

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    only1tanuki

    • 28/May/2013 12:16:14

    As one of those who likes them, I thank You greatly. I look forward to one day visiting Ireland, spurred on by wonderful images such as these! My eyes went immediately to that fellow, by the way. Such a wonderful image.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 28/May/2013 12:17:44

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/only1tanuki You're very welcome! Luring visitors to our shores is an unintended (but good) side effect of our work/play here... :)

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    DannyM8

    • 28/May/2013 12:20:23

    maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V1,510295,700364,7,3 Ballynalackan???

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    DannyM8

    • 28/May/2013 12:23:27

    Now a Country house hotel.

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    DannyM8

    • 28/May/2013 12:25:04

    Ballinalacken Castle is a two-stage tower house of uncertain date but most likely built in the 15th or early 16th century. It is located on a limestone outcrop overlooking the road from Lisdoonvarna to Fanore in County Clare, Ireland in the grounds of Ballinalacken Castle Hotel which was built in 1840 as the home of Lord O'Brien. The name is taken from the townland where it is located, the original Irish version of which is Baile na Leacan, which means the town (land) of the flagstones

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    derangedlemur

    • 28/May/2013 12:28:28

    After 1842, anyway. Ballinalacken House isn't on the 6". maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V1,510335,700334,7,7

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    DannyM8

    • 28/May/2013 12:36:53

    Think this is the gate to the left of the bridge maps.google.com/maps?q=Ballinalacken+Castle,+Doolin,+Co+C...

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    robinparkes

    • 28/May/2013 12:42:50

    I think the photo is of the gentleman sitting on the parapet. An environmental portrait.

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    DannyM8

    • 28/May/2013 15:18:37

    From Land Owners of Ireland 1876 O'Brien, James Ballinalacken Castle, Lisdoonvarna Acres 5,575Roods 1Perches 30 Valuation £1,953-5s

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    DannyM8

    • 28/May/2013 15:43:39

    Mr O'Brien in 1901 Census www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000470927/

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    DannyM8

    • 28/May/2013 15:54:43

    (Estate) Calcutt - In the early 19th century William Calcutt married Dora Macnamara of the Doolin, county Clare family and appears to have received some land in the parish of Killilagh as part of her dowry. Their son Francis Macnamara Calcutt held 6 townlands in the parish at the time of Griffith's Valuation and was residing at St Catherines. He was elected Member of Parliament for county Clare in 1857 and died in 1863. His widow married James O'Brien of neighbouring Ballynalacken Castle. Over 1,500 acres of Calcutt's estate was advertised for sale in December 1856 with 43 acres in county Limerick and premises in the town of Mountrath, Queen's county county Laois

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    DannyM8

    • 28/May/2013 16:00:54

    Lewis writes in the late 1830s that Ballynalacken Castle was about to be repaired by the proprietor J. O'Brien. Weir writes that John O'Brien built a house near the old castle in 1840 and the O'Brien family lived there in the second half of the 19th century, however there is no house in the townland of Ballylacken valued at more than £2 at the time of Griffith's Valuation and no indication that the O'Briens were resident. The house was bought by the O'Callaghan family in 1939 and is run by them as a small hotel Would suggest house is post 1864 - not much dating help, perhaps he built the house for his new wife after 1865?

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    DannyM8

    • 28/May/2013 16:04:28

    James O'Brien1 M, #240273, b. 9 January 1832 Last Edited=1 Jan 2010 James O'Brien was born on 9 January 1832.1 He was the son of John O'Brien and Ellen Murphy.1 He married Georgina Martyn, daughter of G. Martyn, in 1865.1 He held the office of High Sheriff of County Clare in 1858.1 He lived at Ballynalacken Castle, County Clare, Ireland.1 Georgina Martyn1 F, #240274 Last Edited=23 Jul 2007 Georgina Martyn is the daughter of G. Martyn.1 She married, firstly, Francis Macnamara Calcutt before 1865.1 She married, secondly, James O'Brien, son of John O'Brien and Ellen Murphy, in 1865.1 From before 1865, her married name became Calcutt.1 From 1865, her married name became O'Brien.1

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    DannyM8

    • 28/May/2013 16:06:29

    The Cork Examiner, 29 November 1865 On the 23rd inst., at Three Castles, James O'Brien, Esq., D.L., Ballynalacken, co. Clare, to Georgian sic M. Calcutt, widow of the late Francis Macnamara Calcutt, M.P., co. Clare.

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    DannyM8

    • 28/May/2013 16:50:27

    www.clarecoco.ie/planning/publications/clare-county-devel... Tower and the House are Protected Structures see the above link - it states that the house was built 1835 to 1845

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    DannyM8

    • 28/May/2013 17:08:55

    One of James's brothers was Peter O'Brien, 1st and last Baron O'Brien and Lord Chief Justice of Ireland Peter O'Brien, 1st and last Baron O'Brien was born on 29 June 1842.1 He was the son of John O'Brien and Ellen Murphy.1 He married Annie Clarke, daughter of Robert Hare Clarke and Anne Butler, on 8 August 1867.1 He died on 7 September 1914 at age 72.1 He was Privy Counsellor (P.C.).2 He was Doctor of Law (LL.D.).2 He graduated from Trinity College, Dublin University, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland, with a Master of Arts (M.A.).1 He was admitted to King's Inn in 1865 entitled to practice as a Barrister-at-Law.1 He was invested as a Queen's Counsel (Q.C.) in 1880.1 He was senior Crown prosecutor in 1883 at Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland. He was a practising Serjeant-at-Law in 1884.1 He held the office of Bencher of King's Inn, Dublin in 1884.1 He held the office of Solicitor-General [Ireland] between 1887 and 1888.1 He held the office of Attorney-General [Ireland] between 1888 and 1889.1 He held the office of Lord Chief Justice [Ireland] in 1889.1 He was created 1st Baronet O'Brien [U.K.] on 28 September 1891.1 He was created 1st Baron O'Brien, of Kilfenora, co. Clare [U.K.] on 16 June 1900.1 www.thepeerage.com/p24026.htm#i240251 See his death notice from the New York Times query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F70F13FC3F5A12...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 28/May/2013 18:28:35

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thanks a million for all the O'Brien family work, Danny! Would be happy enough that James O'Brien was in situ at the time this photo was taken (1876 Landowners info + 1901 census information aged 69).

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    ccferrie

    • 28/May/2013 19:58:23

    I missed this discussion today because I was down in County Clare on business! I notice that on the 1895 OS Map there is a structure with a different hatch pattern that corresponds to the location of the greenhouse/conservatory on the photo above. Doesn't really help with the date though.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 28/May/2013 22:36:58

    10/10 for composition - I am thinking that bridge looks very new, which might help with the date. And possibly that is another leprechaun sighting ... http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thanks for all the O'Brien stuff - my maternal great-grandmother was an O'Brien from Clare. So these folk are distant rellies (along with about a million other people around the world!). Fascinating!

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 29/May/2013 02:15:42

    it's near the Doolin Cave!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/May/2013 08:24:53

    The Bing aerial view is a little better than Google's.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/May/2013 08:30:12

    Ballynalacken House at the NIAH

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/May/2013 08:33:53

    The Castle at Clare County Library

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    zippo22

    • 29/May/2013 09:06:03

    I hate the new layout of Flickr. I find the quickest way to get to the daily photos on this page is through the ARCHIVES shortcut. www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/archives/

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/May/2013 09:40:49

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] zippo, try: www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/?details=1 That looks much like the old photostream page. www.flickr.com/activity is good, too.

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    zippo22

    • 29/May/2013 16:00:59

    @Niall, ta,ta.

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    colleenamareena

    • 29/May/2013 23:11:12

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I agree! So dark and claustrophobic.

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    "mr. jara"

    • 02/Jun/2013 11:39:24

    "King of the hill" History of cannot be forgotten.

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    steenowitz

    • 22/Aug/2013 03:38:26

    okay...the little man...with a top hat...?

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    SaffyH

    • 04/May/2018 20:46:56

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful photo for all to see. bid2 PLANET EARTH BACK IN THE DAY This group is dedicated to the past. www.flickr.com/groups/[email protected]/