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Nuns and Churches, National Library of Ireland, on Flickr’s Commons

Posted by Laurie Frost on April 6, 2014

More from the 38 sets of pictures from the National Library of Ireland, on Flickr’s Commons, starting with  some nuns from the set, “Collar, Cowl, and Coif“:

About this one, Flickr notes  “this nun was a member of the Daughters of Charity (of St. Vincent de Paul). The distinctive head dress is called a cornette, and led to this order being known as the Butterfly Nuns. The Daughters of Charity abandoned the cornette on 20 September 1964.” The picture also shows the Parnell Monument in Dublin.


Another nun, by Photographer Richard Tilbrook, on O’Connell Street, Dublin in 1964.

colo nun

This one is on Ireland’s west coast at the Cliffs of Moher, 1962.


 The next few pictures are from the “Built Heritage” set.

The note on Flickr about the image below reads: Station Island, Lough Derg, Co. Donegal, c. 1890.   “The traditional pilgrimage involved three days of fasting and two days of prayer. The central prayer of the pilgrimage was called a ‘station’ – prayers were said at the penitential beds, in and around the basilica, at the lake edge and at two ancient crosses. The island’s penitential beds are the circular remains of monks’ cells about a metre high with an entrance and a cross in the centre. This station is St. Patrick’s Cross. The stone shaft in which the cross is set dates back to the Middle Ages and is a relic of monastic times on the island.”


This is Hore Abbey in Tipperary:


The 9th/10th century high cross at Monasterboice , Co. Louth.



5 Responses to “Nuns and Churches, National Library of Ireland, on Flickr’s Commons”

  1. havealittletalk said

    Yes, I am not a fan of Flickr’s new set-up. It was much easier to download pictures before, and each picture had an identifying number making it easier to find them again. What I do is select the image. Then there are these three dots that show up at the extreme right (first there’s a star, then a comment balloon, then a make-large icon, and finally the three dots. Selecting the dots allows you to go to download/all sizes, Then I save to my computer, and then I upload. Cumbersome but possible. Why on earth they changed is beyond me.

  2. […] Nuns and Churches, National Library of Ireland, on Flickr’s Commons […]

  3. If these photos are ‘Commons’ why does Flickr restrict sharing? Isn’t that the point of Public Domain?

    • havealittletalk said

      That is certainly my interpretation, and when I scroll down, what I see is “No known copyright restrictions” for these on the Commons. Where do you find restrictions within the Commons?

      • The share buttons are greyed out for Facebook, Tumblr,Twitter, and Pinterest. Also for sharing a link to an individual photo. And you can’t email the link unless you’re a Flickr member.
        Now you can only share the link, or from the profile page either the entire photo stream, or in some cases a set of photos. You can’t choose which photo shows.
        These changes are imposed whether the photographer wishes to share or not.
        It’s the same in this ‘Commmons’ as with all photo streams.

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