Step Back in Time and See Ireland from the Late 1800s Onwards

Let's take a look back to the late 1800s and early 1900s at old pictures of the rural countryside and city life throughout various parts of Ireland. (Top image: Donkey cart in the Market Place at Kildare, County Kildare)

Cork City hall under construction

County Antrim

Rock of Cashel

Howth, Dublin

Turf Cutting in Ireland

Castlebar, County Mayo

Belfast in the 1890s

Cork’s River Lee & Parnell Bridge in 1917

Salthill, Galway

Royal Canal, Dublin in 1902

Cottages in the Claddagh village, Galway

Patrick Street, Cork in 1890

Plassy aground on Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, County Galway

O’Connell Street, Dublin

 The Giant’s Causeway Electric Tramway passing Dunluce Castle in 1890

 

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Tags: Antrim, Belfast, Claddagh, Cork, Dublin, Galway, History of Ireland, Kildare, Mayo, Photography, More…Visual Arts

Comment by Irish Homeland Photography on February 19, 2014 at 7:06am

That photo of the Plassy on Inis Oírr is especially of interest to me.  It crashed just offshore in a terrible storm on 8 March, 1960 ... and given the decent condition thereof in the photo above, I'd say the photo would have been taken only a few years after the initial wreck (at most).  You should see the difference in the way it looks now.  As a matter of fact, here's a photo I took about two years ago:

Comment by Irish Homeland Photography on February 19, 2014 at 7:10am

From what I understand, the extremely violent storms we've had in the west this winter have moved the wreckage yet again, and it's even less intact than it was just a few months ago.  I'd venture a guess that it will be smashed into multiple pieces and carried back out to sea at some point over the next few years ... but we shall see.

Here's a photo of some of the islanders who helped with the rescue on the morning of the wreck in 1960:

Comment by John G. Molloy on February 21, 2014 at 7:45am

The photo of O'Connell Street shows Nelson's Pillar and how large it was. In 1964 my grandfather told me to look at Nelson's Pillar while we were standing in front of the GPO. He told me that I would never see it again. I argued that I would be back in Dublin many times and he just smiled.

In 1965 Nelson's Pillar mysteriously blew up in the middle of the night. The shops on O'Connell Street were boarded up and there were no cars or pedestrians, but the explosion came as a complete surprise.

My grandfather explained that when the 50th anniversary of the Uprising was celebrated and the GPO was shown on television, no one wanted an English Admiral in the picture. By the way, they never found Nelson's nose.

Comment by Frank Scott on March 23, 2015 at 9:36am

Nice photos...

Comment by Julie Ann Dudley on March 23, 2015 at 9:49pm
Love John Molloy's family story!!! Made me laugh out loud!!

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