After a mild and damp Christmas Day, the rain got heavier on St. Stephen’s Morning, only to turn to snow in the afternoon, missing out on a white Christmas by just a day. John was up on Clara this afternoon, and took these photos:
Following a recent hugely successful fundraising Coffee Day at the home of Anne Marie and Jerry O’Mahony of Clara a truly magnificent cheque for an amazing €5,450.00 was presented to Ann Kelly of Irish Community Air Ambulance. The very special event in memory of Eimear O’Mahony was enormously supported by so many people whose memory of Eimear is of great significance in their lives. Here we share images of the Coffee Day, Eimear’s Garden, the Tree planted by Jerry and Derry and the official presentation of the marvellously impressive cheque. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.) We share 19 more images below:
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‘Ceo ar Mhusire’s Clárach lom, an comhartha soininne is fearr ar domhan.’
The photo right is of Musheramore taken from the top of Clara with Clara’s triangulation point in the foreground
An unposted c1920 postcard of Clara mountain and the valley below entitled “Mount Clara and Valley, Millstreet, Co.Cork”, which is currently on sale on eBay. (Click on the photo for a bigger clearer photo).
Anyone have an idea from where it was taken, and what house is in the right foreground?
Some of the doctors that have been in Westbourne
- 1907 1914 1919 Richard Radley Leader
- 1939 1945 1951 1955 : Dr Mary Esther O’Connell (née O’Shea) – CO. CORK DOCTOR APPOINTED The Commissioner acting for Leitrim Board of Health has, on the recommendation of the Appointments Commissioners , appointed Dr. Mary Esther O’Connell (nee Q’Shea), Westbourne , Millstreet , Cork.[ref]
- 1945: Dr. ME O’Connell 
- 1959: John Cribbin
- Michael Feeley
TODO : finish the list of doctors
This is the original photo from the Lawrence Collection (about 1909), the full size version can be see at the National Library of Ireland website here
So where was it taken from? In short, the back of the old boys school on Clara Road, across from the Presbytery, which are now dwelling houses.
Plotting a line from the forestry on the north side of Clara to the side of Westbourne House (as in the photo), leaves you at the back of the old boys school. (see the plot lines below)
It was also taken from an elevated position (at first we though it was from an upstairs window, but the school only got an upstairs after it was sold as a school, and a second floor built during its conversion into dwelling houses.
Looking below at the OSI map from about 1900, this is where it would have been taken from. The low walls in the foreground of the original photo match the walls in the map below.Below is the old Boys National School on the Clara Road. The the photo of Clara was most likely taken from behind this building. This photo is also part of the Lawrence collection.
Lance Armstrong pictured second from right during the recent Tour of Ireland cycling race approaching the pass over Musheramore (known locally as Togher). The race later passed through Millstreet Town twice on its way to Killarney (pic. Andreas Zenker)