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Old photos of Ireland, Series 2

This is the second in our series of old photos of Ireland taken from the Library of Congress Collections.  The images, which date from between 1890 and 1900, give a glimpse of how Ireland looked on the cusp of the twentieth century. The first series of photos can be viewed here: Old Photos Ireland, Series 1. . […]

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Market cross, High Street

Dublin’s Medieval High Cross

This image shows Dublin city’s lost medieval ‘High Cross’ as drawn by John Simons in 1784. The panels on the shaft contain scenes of the Crucifixion, Descent from the Cross and the Passion.  It formerly stood near the junction of High Street and Skinner’s Row (now Christchurch place). A market cross, its steps were used as a […]

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Photos of Ireland in the 1930s: The past is a foreign country

This amazing collection of colourised photographs was taken by an American photographer Branson DeCou (1892-1941) between 1932 and 1935.  DeCou spent nearly thirty years travelling the world and his images of Ireland give us a rare glimpse into a way of life that has long since disappeared. His fantastic catalogue of photos is now stored at the University of California, […]

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Glendalough

Early photos of Ireland’s iconic heritage sites

This fantastic collection of old photographs documents some of Ireland’s most iconic archaeological and heritage sites. The photographs date from between 1890 and 1900 and are from the Library of Congress Collections. 1. Glendalough, Co. Wicklow: Founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century AD, this was one of Ireland’s most important early monasteries. The […]

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