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O'Sullivan's Cascade

O'Sullivan's Cascade

Photographer: Hudson, John

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 1782.a.24

Item number: 10

Length: 10.6

Width: 17.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"In sailing across from Innisfallen to the Tomies, a little bay is perceived, where there is a small quay of rude workmanship, completely characteristic of the scene; on landing, a rugged pathway along the banks of a mountain rivulet, and winding thrugh an almost impenetrable forest, conducts to the waterfall called O'Sullivan's Cascade. The noise of the stream falling from rock to rock kindles expectation, and the waterfall, which retires far into the deep bosom of a wooded glen, and of which retires far into the deep bosom of a wooded glen, and of which you cannot even catch a glimpse, bursts at once upon the view...

The stream throws itself over the face of a perpendicular rock into a basin concealed from the spectator's view; from this basin it forces itself impetuously between two rocks into another reservoir. This second reservoir is of considerable height, but the third is the most striking in appearance. Each of these basins being large, there appears a space of several yards between the three falls. Beneath a projecting rock overhanging the lowest basin is a grotto, with a seat, rudely cut in the rock. From this little grotto the view of the Cascade is particularly beautiful and striking: it appears a continued flight of three unequally elevated foaming stages. The recess is encompassed by rocks, and overshadowed by an arch of foliage so thick as to intercept the admission of light. The height of the Cascade is about seventy feet, and the body of water is considerable."

Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of Killarney' by J Hudson

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