Labourer's Cottage, Mountain Stage, Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry

GlenbeighCounty Kerry

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Labourer's Cottage, Mountain Stage, Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry c.1880s

I think anyone who sees this cannot but agree that it is one of the most striking images from the National Library's, Lawrence Photograph Collection. 

As well is its striking impact, is the utter sadness, reflecting the grim reality for most of those living in rural Ireland in the 1880s. While these people had somewhere to live, they were not wealthy. The thatch is not very well maintained though the walls look strong. The house is certainly small by today's standards and would have been basic but seems to be a permanent dwelling, rather than one temporarily used during the turf cutting or other seasonal work.

 

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OS Map denoting perhaps origin of the placename Ireland VIEW SOURCE

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