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A priest sitting at the entrance to a cell on Skellig Michael

From the grandeur of Lansdowne House in London to the bleak and magnificent Skellig Michael. Skywalker or Yoda may emerge any moment from the cold stone cell, but Star Wars and space travel were far from the mind of the priest sitting at the entrance!

 

While every Irish school-child knows of the remote hermitage of Skellig Michael, with thanks to today's contributors we learned that Mason probably took this shot on one of his visits to the (now) UNESCO heritage site in the late 19th or early 20th centuries. O Mac, oaktree_brian_1976, and sharon.corbet for example note that some of Mason's research and images of the island(s) were published in volumes of the "Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland" from the late 1890s through the 1920s...

 

Collection: Mason Photographic Collection

 

Date: Circa 1890 - 1910

 

NLI Ref: M18/18/8

 

You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie

 

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