Ghostly Images Covered in Dust

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Numerous glass negatives waited,

casually archived on wide windowsill,

old Mount Ievers images reinstated,

the curious photographer thrilled.




Ghostly images all covered in dust:

proud this Georgian mansion stands,

hippo-hipped ladies, large in bust,

dainty parasols held in genteel hands.


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Big dogs patiently pull baby heirs,

al fresco picnics and staff standing stiff,

well dressed children pose on stairs:

all these survived any inferno whiff.*




Light through negatives burned,

resurrected an earlier opulence,

life-breath to these long-dead returned:

privileged poses of former occupants.




Carefully copied hundreds of plates,

old occupants curiously observed,

into the night, working hard and late:

big house history now pixel-preserved.




* At least 76 Big Houses are estimated to have been burnt down by the IRA during the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921) – and 199 more during the Civil War that followed.


Mount Ievers photo gallery:

Images shot by

Mount Ievers video-short documentary

Mount Ievers website:


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