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Some Fantastic 19th century Photos of Irish Archaeology Sites

This 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

13 Responses to Some Fantastic 19th century Photos of Irish Archaeology Sites

  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. 🙂

  2. Robert Parker June 2, 2015 at 7:54 pm #

    Great photos. I was wondering has anyone ever came across a photograph /sketch of Ballymacward Church Co Galway. It was demolished in the 1950’s with no local photos available. Local recollection of the church elevations differ and all that is available is a floor plan and site layout. I am currently compiling a book on the site.

  3. rob lee June 3, 2015 at 8:03 am #

    One of the pictures says balkyhack so that’s the gaints ring between lisburn and Belfast!

    • Patrick April 26, 2017 at 11:26 am #

      Why Ballyhack? I’m fairly certain that’s not Giant’s Ring, which is in Ballynahatty townland.

      • Colm April 26, 2017 at 11:30 am #

        Hi think your right Patrick, that does look like Ballynahatty. The original photo is probably just miss-labelled.

    • Jim Murphy April 27, 2017 at 3:46 am #

      Ballybrack Co Dublin

  4. john scarry June 3, 2015 at 9:26 pm #

    See also the publication ‘Monuments In The Past’ – photographs 1860 – 1936 published by the OPW/Duchas in 1991 and 2002.

  5. Jock Doubleday April 10, 2016 at 10:24 pm #

    “Tombs” ha ha.

  6. Donal Hefferanan April 28, 2017 at 11:45 am #

    The 3rd photo is of Legananny tripod dolmen, not Leganny (it’s written on the photo). The name is an Anglicised version of the Gaelic, “Leach an Áinne”, which means ‘stone of Áinne’. This twisting of the true old Gaelic names was done by the British who spelt the names phonetically as they couldn’t deal with the Gaelic pronunciations. Unfortunately for our heritage this practice was wide-spread across the country when they were producing maps.

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