Collection: Our Own Place Photographic Project >> Knockydown (Cnoc an Dun)
Knockydown (Cnoc an Dun)
|Main Creator:||Gesparo, Michael photographer|
This legacy of the Great Ice Age is part of the Esker Riada, the line of sandhills running from Dublin to Galway. As it's name implies it is the hill near the Dun or Fort. But the Dun itself is on a neighbouring hill close by and is none other than the famed Fort Moylena near which the important Battle of Moylena (Cath Magh Lena) was fought in ancient times to decide how the Island of Ireland should be divided into Mogh's half and Conn's half. Sandquarrying in progress in this picture is an important industry , the grey gold of the midlands. There are vast quantities of sand, in these eskers but like the peat bogs they are not inexhaustible. Perhaps there is need for more judicious planning permission by Planning Authorities to ensure that where quarrying takes place that it should be controlled and confined to secluded areas.The hill in this picture was wooded and beside a main road where the trees absorbed impurities from passing traffic and constituted a pretty landscape feature close to the town.
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23 Sep 1993
Project sponsored by RTÉ and Fuji Photo Film (Ireland) Ltd.
Film number: 3A ; frame number: 28
Birr Historical Society
Photograph taken at e.g. 15:43, 23 Sep 1993.
Physical description: 1 photograph ; 15 x 10cm.
Geographic Coverage: Birr, Co. Offaly, Province of Leinster, Ireland.
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|OOP_3A/28||NPA Reading Room - Appt. only||Photos|
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