Fish curing, Clare Island

Main Creator: French, Robert, 1841-1917 photographer
Contributors: Lawrence, William, 1840-1932
In collection: The Lawrence Photograph Collection
Format: Photo
Published / Created: [between 1880-1900].
Notes:Clare Island is in Clew Bay, Co. Mayo. The tower house in the photograph is known as Granuailes Castle. A tower house is a medieval fortified house and was the stronghold of the OMalley family, and it was most closely associated with Grace OMalley, the sixteenth century pirate queen who controlled a large section of the west coast. The tower house was later used as a coastguard building. Fish curing was an important industry on the island, the people at work on the beach are packing barrels with cured fish, and the barrels are stacked around the harbour. The Congested District Board became involved in the island in 1895 and encouraged the industry as a means to improve the local economy. This is the main harbour on the island.

Robert French was the chief photographer responsible for photographing three quarters of the Lawrence Collection. For more information, see the Dictionary of Irish Biography:

Physical description: 1 negative : glass ; 17 x 22 cm.

Geographic Coverage: Clare Island, County Mayo, Province of Connacht, Ireland.

Caption on glassplate reads: Fish Curing. Clare Island. 6774. W. L.

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