Power in the Ruin

George Row

Derry, United Kingdom

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[abandoned, Cashelnagor, Clocks, cottage, Derryveagh, Donegal, electricity, historic, Ireland, Irish, landscape, mountains, power, railway, ruin, stones, window, windowsill, >100 >500 >1,000 views, winners, one feature]
 

  1. 30 th June 2017 Awarded its first feature in the group Preserving History
  1. 4 th November 2016 View Count reached 1,000
     
  1. 6 th April 2015 View Count reached 500
     
  1. 5 th November 2014 Joint Winner of the challenge for Unusual Sights in the group Historic Sites
     

Photography Details

Camera: Canon EOS 5d mk ii || Lens: Canon EF 28-70 f2.8 L zoom
 

This old power insulator was lying on the windowsill of a ruined farm building at Cashelnagor in County Donegal. Once it was part of the cables that delivered electricity to this remote farm house. This was why I said in the captions on the other photographs from Cashelnagor that “there is evidence that, in the twentieth century, the house had electricity” .
 

Cashelnagor – in Irish “Caiseal na gCorr” – literally means “Stone Fort of the Cranes” (or Herons). Cashelnagor is a townland in the Donegal Gaeltacht – the Irish speaking part of Ireland’s rugged, windswept northwestern county.
 

It’s a small area that nestles between the Derryveagh mountains and the more populated strip along the Atlantic coast. It was made famous by the poetry of Cathal O Searcaigh, who grew up in Cashelnagor and has written many poems about or inspired by it.
 

The 1911 census lists hundreds of households in Cashelnagor. Now there are a scattering of houses, most of them empty. There are many ruins. This is a particularly fine example built of flat quarried stone.
 

The Derry to Dungloe railway line ran right past the yard around the house. A few hundred metres back up the track is the ruin of Cashelnagor Railway Station. The house was built of the same flat quarried stone as was used to build the walls and embankments around the railway line.
 

So I guess that the house was built sometime after the great famines of the 1840s, and after 1850 when the railway line was opened. Perhaps the first occupant had something to do with the railway. The last train ran through here in 1952.
 

History of this photograph on RedBubble

  1. 4 th November 2016 View Count reached 1,000
     
  1. 6 th April 2015 View Count reached 500
     
  1. 5 th November 2014 Joint Winner of the challenge for Unusual Sights in the group Historic Sites
     
  1. 29 th October 2014 View Count reached 100
     
  2. 9th October 2014 Uploaded to RedBubble
     
  3. 6th September 2014 Shot this photograph at Cashelnagor in County Donegal
     

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