T his fantastic collection of photos, which are taken from the archives of Victoria & Albert Museum, show a number of Irish archaeological sites as they appeared at the end of the 19th century/start of the 20th century. The majority of images were taken by Robert Welch who was a noted Belfast based photographer.

Newgrange entrance 19th century

Entrance into Newgrange, Co. Meath, 1900, by Hogg, A R © Victoria and Albert Museum

 

 

Dowth chamber

Interior of Dowth Passage Tomb, by Hogg, A R, 1900 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

Legananny tomb

Leganny Portal Tomb, Co. Down by Welch, R, 1897 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

Knocknarea, Sligo

Knocknarea tomb, Co. Sligo by Welch R, 1898 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

Goward dolmen down

Gowards Portal Tomb, Co. Down by Welch, R, 1898 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

Dowth entrance

The entrance into the passage tomb at Dowth, Co. Meath by Hogg, A R, 1900 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Ballyhack, portal tomb

Megalithic tomb, Carrowmore, Co. Sligo by Welch, R

Megalithic tomb, Carrowmore, Co. Sligo by Welch, R © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

Early Christian Clochán, Inishmurry Island, Co. Sligo

Early Christian Clochán, Inishmurry Island, Co. Sligo by Welch, R, 1897 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

Boho cross base, Enniskillen

Boho high cross, Co. Fermanagh by Welch, R © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Ballysadare church

South door, St Fechin’s Church, Ballysadare, Co Sligo by Welch R, 1900 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

Ardboe High cross

Ardboe High Cross, Co. Tyrone by Welch, R, 1898 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

Dun Aengus 19th century

Dun Aengus, Aran Islands, Co. Galway, by Welch, R, 1898 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

Kilnasaggart cross slab

Kilnasaggart cross slab, Co Armagh by Welch, R, 1897 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

MacDaras church

McDara’s church, Galway by Welch, R, 1897 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

Monasterboice High Cross

Monasterboice High Cross, Co. Louth by Bingley, G, 1905 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

Inchagoill, church

Inchagoill church, Co. Galway by Welch, R, 1898 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Killeavy church, Co. Armagh

West Door, Killeavy Church, Co. Armagh by Welch R, 1897 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

Kilconnell Abbey

Kilconnell Abbey, Co. Galway by Welch R, 1908 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

Inishmurry cross

Cross, Inishmurry, Co. Sligo, Welch, R, 1897 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

Glendalough, Co. Wicklow by Bingley, G, 1905  © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Glendalough, Co. Wicklow by Bingley, G, 1905 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

Sweat house, Inishmurry, Co. Sligo by Welch, R, 1897 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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  1. Dave Coleman April 9, 2014 at 1:43 am #

    These are wonderful and fascinating. I would love to see a comparison of what the sites look like now. :)

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