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Old Photos of Irish Archaeological Sites from the British Royal Collection

I recently stumbled across some fantastic old images of Irish archaeological sites, which are now stored at the British Royal Collection. The photos were taken in 1861 and 1903 during two royal visits to Ireland, when firstly Queen Victoria and subsequently her son Edward VII toured the country.  A selection of the photos can be viewed below, while further old images of Ireland can viewed here: old photos of Ireland 1, old photos of Ireland 2, old photos of Ireland 3 and old photos of Ireland 4.

 

Old photo kildare town

The round tower at Kildare town in 1861 (Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014)

 

Old photo Kildare roundtower

A second view of the round tower and abbey, Kildare town in 1861 (Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014)

 

Quinn Abbey, Clare, old photo

Doorway, Quin Abbey, Co. Clare, 1903 (Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014)

 

old photo Ross castle Killarney

Ross Castle, Killarney, Co. Kerry in 1860 (Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014)

 

Devinish Island cross

High Cross and round tower, Devinish Island, Fermanagh, 1903 (Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014)

 

Knockmany tomb, tyrone

The Neolithic passage tomb at Knockmany, Co. Tyrone in 1903 (Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014)

 

Muckross Abbey killarney

Doorway into Muckross Abbey, Killarney, Co. Kerry in 1861 (Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014)

 

Castledermot Abbey

The ruins of Castledermot Abbey, Co. Kildare in 1903 (Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014)

 

Old photo Glendalough

The monastic site of Glendalough, Co. Wicklow in 1903 (Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014)

 

Old photo church Glendalough

Inside the 12th century church, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow in 1903 (Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014)

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3 Responses to Old Photos of Irish Archaeological Sites from the British Royal Collection

  1. Robert M Chapple October 17, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    Lovely collection of images! Thanks for sharing them.

    • Colm October 17, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

      Thanks Robert 🙂

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