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79 Grafton Street...

79 Grafton Street...

... was the Dublin School of Photography and Studio of Frederick Holland Mares.This gives us a much narrower dating window for this one than 1860-1883, as Mares moved to 118 Grafton Street ( http://jacolette.wo... More

70 Patrick Street, Cork

70 Patrick Street, Cork

These are the premises of the legendary Guy's of Cork - photographers, stationers, and publishers of Guy's Cork Almanacs and Directories. At no. 69 to the left is Allen, a drapers perhaps as a sign in the windo... More

Merchants Quay, Newry

Merchants Quay, Newry

Ships on the canal at Merchants Quay in Newry, alongside a nice brace of merchants' premises...Date: 1870s? (but definitely between 1860 and 1883)..NLI Ref.: STP_1179 ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/STP_1179 )

Armagh Man (William Stickers?) laughs in the face of "Post No Bills" signs

Armagh Man (William Stickers?) laughs in the face of "Post No Bills" s...

Cheating a little with the title of this one, as there is no "Post No Bills" sign to be seen (although we know they existed in Ireland long before ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/8178145805 ) this pho... More

Steamboat, Lough Erne

Steamboat, Lough Erne

Sticking with the same collection as yesterday, the catalogue lists this image as "Steam Boat on Lough Erne, Belturbet, Co. Cavan" - implying that it was taken in County Cavan. However, we have a similar Lawren... More

Eyre Square, Galway

Eyre Square, Galway

Featuring the shyest tram passengers ever.....Date: 1880s?..NLI Ref.: L_ROY_00775 ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000325307 )

Queenstown, where soldiers found a home, and sailors their rest

Queenstown, where soldiers found a home, and sailors their rest

Lovely view of Queenstown (now Cobh), and more evidence of harbour-side urinals, though perhaps not as fancy as the ones we saw at City Quay, Dublin ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/8042702091/ ) ...Dat... More

Bangor Castle I

Bangor Castle I

Paddle steamer Bangor Castle en fête for some big event! We don't know where this was taken. Can just make out ...KLOW at extreme left on the prow of the steamer behind the Bangor Castle...Date: 1860-1883..NLI ... More

H.M.S. Warspite at Queenstown, now Cobh

H.M.S. Warspite at Queenstown, now Cobh

Since we visited Kingstown yesterday, thought we might swing by Queenstown in Co. Cork today, now renamed Cobh...This photo lacks the usual impeccable clarity of our Lawrence Collection photos, but thought you ... More

Horse Trams at corner of Bachelor's Walk and O'Connell Bridge

Horse Trams at corner of Bachelor's Walk and O'Connell Bridge

Date: ca. 1891-1897..NLI Ref.: L_ROY_03114 ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/L_ROY_03114 )

The Square, Rathdowney, Co. Laois, circa 1900

The Square, Rathdowney, Co. Laois, circa 1900

This photo was taken probably by Robert French, chief photographer of William Lawrence Photographic Studios of Dublin...You can compare this view of the The Square at Rathdowney with its companion photo ( http:... More

S.S. Shannon

S.S. Shannon

Yesterday's photo of the S.S. Hazel showed hundreds of people bundled on board. Today, a rather more orderly group are disembarking the S.S. Shannon at Cappagh Pier, Kilrush, Co. Clare...P.S. Did we ever come t... More

Temprance Bar!

Temprance Bar!

Bad spelling over the door aside, surely a Temperance Bar is a bit of a contradiction in terms?..The main focus here is Thomas Strand's establishment at no. 5 Tivoli Terrace in Lisdoonvarna (lovely lamp lurking... More

Lawrence No. 1

Lawrence No. 1

Think this is a good shot of Sackville Street, the G.P.O. and Nelson's Pillar in and of itself (and certainly tram heaven for transport enthusiasts), but like it also as it's "No. 1" of the Lawrence Cabinet-siz... More

Fast Excursion to the International Exhibition

Fast Excursion to the International Exhibition

It looks as if some quite stylish ladies have just alighted from a train at Limerick Railway Station, though they're of no interest to local children who are completely focused on the photographer...Delighted t... More

Lovely lamp posts

Lovely lamp posts

Parts of this photo may not be pin sharp, but it's a great high view along Sackville Street (now O'Connell Street) in Dublin, with lots of details to feast on…..Photographer: Almost certainly Robert French of L... More

First Class Battleship

First Class Battleship

Crew sunning themselves in Castletownbere, Co. Cork. Infuriating that the ship's name is not clear on any of the caps.....Photographer: Almost certainly Robert French of Lawrence Photographic Studios ( http://c... More

Howth-on-Sea

Howth-on-Sea

Gloriously sunny day (even in black and white) at Howth, Co. Dublin...Date: Circa 1905? (info. from the excellent Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio ( https://sites.google.com/site/hurdygurdymuseum/home ) in ... More

Exemption Licence at the Anchor Hotel in Moville, Co. Donegal

Exemption Licence at the Anchor Hotel in Moville, Co. Donegal

Don't think we've come across one of these newfangled exemption licences before, have we?..Photographer: Almost certainly Robert French of Lawrence Photographic Studios ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Collection/vtls... More

Paddy's Market, Cork City

Paddy's Market, Cork City

And could this be anywhere other than Cork with all those Beamish & Crawfords (at nos. 31-35 and no. 39)?..One of my favourite Lawrence market photos. We have a framed version of this up on a wall inside in the... More

"... a foot in foreground" = Ruins of Olderfleet Castle, Larne

"... a foot in foreground" = Ruins of Olderfleet Castle, Larne

Hope none of you are eyeing the foreground uneasily to search for a severed limb, but in our catalogue, this image is titled: "Road approaching village, ruin to right, side-car, tourist party, a foot in foregro... More

Glendalough before Round Tower was restored

Glendalough before Round Tower was restored

Side cars, or perhaps more correctly, Jaunting Cars at Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. We knew this was taken between 1860 and 1883, and the "bare headed" Round Tower has helped us to date it more accurately, as dera... More

St. Nicholas' Church, Galway, 1890(?)

St. Nicholas' Church, Galway, 1890(?)

This photo was taken probably by Robert French, chief photographer of William Lawrence Photographic Studios of Dublin...We've seen the front of St. Nicholas' Church before with the Egg and Fowl Market ( http://... More

No. 74

No. 74

Lovely location for a railway station, at the foot of the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary. Am I raving or have we seen engine 74 somewhere else? And was this part of the Great Southern and Western Railway?..Date: C... More

No. 2 Dredger...

No. 2 Dredger...

... a-dredging in Courtown Harbour, Co. Wexford...Photographer: Almost certainly Robert French of Lawrence Photographic Studios ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Collection/vtls000313414 ) , Dublin..Date: Between circa... More

Next stop, America!

Next stop, America!

Locomotive 107 at Valentia (Valencia) Harbour Station in Co. Kerry…..Photographer: Robert French of Lawrence Photographic Studios ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Collection/vtls000313414 ) , Dublin..Date: Between 190... More

Not Licensed to Sell on Sunday

Not Licensed to Sell on Sunday

Wonder if that's the proprietor of the Fair Head Hotel in Antrim, Isabella McLaughlin, lurking in the doorway with ducks around her feet? Now known as "Hunter's Bar in Ballyvoy. The Torr Road starts here and ru... More

Penny Farthing

Penny Farthing

Not sure if we've seen St. Stephen's Green in Dublin from this angle before. There isn't the usual clarity of a Lawrence Collection photograph, but when I spotted the Penny Farthing, this one was irresistible..... More

Main Street, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, 1990

Main Street, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, 1990

Taken by photographer, Eugene Clerkin, who reported that there was a Town Festival in progress on this day. Let the battle of car identification commence.....You can compare this view of Belturbet with its comp... More

A lot of horse power in these stables!

A lot of horse power in these stables!

These are the stables on the Rockingham Estate in Boyle, Co. Roscommon - home to the King family (the Estate, not the Stables!). It looks as if real horse-drawn conveyances and horse power as we know it today w... More

Market Square, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, 1991

Market Square, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, 1991

Taken by photographer, Padraig J. Laffan, who noted: "Catholic Church is on left where tress are, building in distance (Clerys) now gone."..You can compare this view of Bagenalstown with its companion photo ( h... More

Picnicking at Lough Gill

Picnicking at Lough Gill

Yet another visit to beautiful Lough Gill to end this week and a view to die for! Mr. French appears to have brought a few of his drinking partners to share the view with him on this occasion though the top ha... More

Fahan in Lough Swilly.

Fahan in Lough Swilly.

The pier at Fahan on Lough Swilly, Co. Donegal looks a lonely place in this beautiful Royal plate from the Lawrence Collection. Lough Swilly is famous for many things and one of the most famous is the kidnappi... More

We're going on a bear hunt!

We're going on a bear hunt!

A cave deep in the woods would always hold the attraction of exploration and the thrill of danger, especially for the young at heart! Where is this one and has the scene changed much in the last 150 years?..Ro... More

The wheels fell off the wagon!

The wheels fell off the wagon!

Reading the catalogue description of this I thought that it would be like a "Cardall" image, an idealised bit of Paddywhackery but when I looked at the image my reaction was WOW! This is so different, almost E... More

Sure it would take me hours to walk over that stuff...

Sure it would take me hours to walk over that stuff...

The catalogue description of this image suggests that it is a man standing on a castle, but the benefits of "Super Dooper Mega Zoom" (technical term) show that this is not the case. The man is sitting on a fai... More

Graveyards, memorials of Robt. Potter MP for Limerick, Fitzgerald of Garryowen, etc. church in background, Limerick City, Co. Limerick

Graveyards, memorials of Robt. Potter MP for Limerick, Fitzgerald of G...

A graveyard with Limerick people interred therein is probably in Limerick, or is it? Looking pristine and well tended I wonder how it looks today? Who was Robert Potter and Fitzgerald?..Photographers: Freder... More

Sir John Gray all shiny and new

Sir John Gray all shiny and new

This beautiful shot of Sir John Gray's monument and a pristine Sackville Street, (O'Connell Street) taken in the early morning, The street is clear apart from some hackneys waiting for fares with Nelsons Pilla... More

But the last shall be first and the first shall be last: May the Lord in His mercy be kind to Belfast

But the last shall be first and the first shall be last: May the Lord ...

A monument to Sir E. J. Harland in Belfast takes us up north of the border (which is in the news) today, and gives me an opportunity to quote from Maurice Craig's wonderful poem. Harland is a name that is syno... More

Camlin Falls, Longford, Co. Longford

Camlin Falls, Longford, Co. Longford

These unusual water falls in County Longford are today's offering from the Lawrence Collection. Obviously part of a river management system and I imagine an adventure for kayakers if it still exists. I love t... More

Edenvale, Ennis, Co. Clare

Edenvale, Ennis, Co. Clare

Here we are in County Clare. August is always a good time to go to Clare. In fact, any month is a good time to go to County Clare! Eden Vale, a very fancy house. I presume it was either destroyed in the early 1... More

Lawn, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Lawn, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

A lawn with a DesRes in Castlebar would always be a most attractive proposition and this fine house is no exception! I seem to remember a previous shot from Castlebar with an open area/square in the town with... More

General View, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

General View, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

This general view of Mullingar is one where it may prove difficult to identify places or indeed the location. As we try to oblige our viewers where possible this is in response to a request by "Jack the Stroll... More

Tynan Abbey, Co. Armagh

Tynan Abbey, Co. Armagh

This fine looking building in County Armagh will start our week. It would not look out of place in any of our near British or European neighbours. Does it still stand or has it fallen victim to time and 'prog... More

One man and his gun

One man and his gun

One with very few clues today to end the week and what looks like an early Stereo Pairs shot. A man on his own standing on a stone jetty with a heavy cannon gun beside him. In the background is a conical bare... More

On the beach

On the beach

A scene from a beach, apparently in Achill, where the locals are gathered with tins, buckets, boats and nets. What is really unusual and demands some explanation is the man inspecting the nets while holding a ... More

Out standing in his own field?

Out standing in his own field?

We don't often get the chance to admire the Stereo Pairs Collection so it is great to be able to do so! This noble statue of a man on a plinth complete with a globe in a very fine setting should provoke some i... More

Somewhere in the West

Somewhere in the West

I know this scene, it is like the Delphi Fishery but I do not think it is, T. C. Kingsmill Moore, would know precisely. It is definitely associated with a fishery in the West of Ireland. We have the scotch pine... More

Mud, boats and quays - the Barrow at New Ross.

Mud, boats and quays - the Barrow at New Ross.

From the Liffey in Dublin yesterday, to the Barrow in New Ross today. And, from the elegant Elinor Wiltshire, to the burly Robert French. The quays are impressive but empty - which is rather surprising given ... More

Metropole Hotel, Cork

Metropole Hotel, Cork

This Wednesday we take a trip south to the City of Cork. Have you ever wondered what the word Metropole actually means? We have seen hotels in Dublin and now Cork using it. Well wonder no more I have found tha... More

NOT a "Gothic revival/restoration stone church, square castellated tower with four corner spires", but Down Cathedral

NOT a "Gothic revival/restoration stone church, square castellated tow...

While this is NOT the exterior of a Gothic revival/restoration stone church it just may be the interior of just such a church. This appears to be one of a number of images of the same church in the archive. T... More

Railway Station House, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow

Railway Station House, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow

Back when railway stations were designed with a sense of style and purpose, this confection was landed in Bagenalstown in County Carlow. The symmetrical design was to cater for the vast flow of passengers in a... More

Around the rugged rocks the ragged rascal ran?

Around the rugged rocks the ragged rascal ran?

The triumphant pose of the figure above those boulders reminded Morning Mary of the old tonguetwister. Shot by Mr. French on a cabinet sized camera it would appear to be in a not so accessible position at Carr... More

The Kingdom in all its glory!

The Kingdom in all its glory!

From Mayo (God help us) to the Kingdom of Kerry and more specifically to Dingle Harbour on a beautiful clear day. This lovely cabinet sized shot was taken from a high PoV giving a great vista of water and land... More

Go west young man, go west!

Go west young man, go west!

Killala Bay, Kilcummin, Co. Mayo looking pristine with a sharp horizon line is todays offering from the Lawrence Collection. Given the size of Killala Bay this could be looking North, South, East or West and w... More

John Windele's Tomb, Cork City, Co. Cork

John Windele's Tomb, Cork City, Co. Cork

I look forward to hearing all about Mr Windele, I for one have not come across that name before...It is a long time since we had a Limerick from our Chief Antipodean Contributor (CAC), and for some reason this ... More

Fairy Rings and Flagpoles.

Fairy Rings and Flagpoles.

They're not Fairy Rings of course, but rather enclosures to keep the sheep from eating the plants? To start the week we visit Valentia in Co. Kerry once again and this time to "Glenleam" and what appears to be... More

Bloody Bridge, Newcastle, Co. Down

Bloody Bridge, Newcastle, Co. Down

From the top of Donard to below the Bloody Bridge and still in Newcastle, Co. Down! This looks like a major engineering achievement, not because of the size of the bridge or the fury of the torrent below it, b... More

Where the mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea!

Where the mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea!

One can always tell when Mr. French had to get to someplace difficult or awkward, he used the smaller "cabinet" sized camera and slides! This beautiful scene taken on the slopes of Slieve Donard overlooking N... More

Who lives in a Fairy Castle?

Who lives in a Fairy Castle?

Yet again we have a case of deja vu! We seem to have seen aspects of this estate in the past though not the castle itself. A renaissance style castle set in the North of Ireland must have seemed pretty preten... More

Clonhugh, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Clonhugh, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

From the moving statue of King Billy to a big, a very big, house outside Mullingar in County Westmeath. This large building with extensions looks like yet another country house converted into a convent or scho... More

Kings Rd, Whitehead, Co. Antrim

Kings Rd, Whitehead, Co. Antrim

This fine Lawrence "Royal" sized plate of Kings Road, Whitehead in Co. Antrim shows a scene with what looks like a bombed out building on the right. The people are posed, the horses have been stilled and all i... More

A fine collection of ivy? (on 'St. Columb's House')

A fine collection of ivy? (on 'St. Columb's House')

The title for this Stereo Pairs image goes "Celtic Oratory - very overgrown" which is somewhat of an understatement! Looking at the door and the stonework I would not have recognised it as a Celtic church buil... More

The Queen's Yacht but not in Queenstown?

The Queen's Yacht but not in Queenstown?

The Queens Yacht at anchor (it is affixed to a buoy which means that it is moored not anchored) with what looks like its twin in the background. As Queenstown was the name given to Cobh in Co. Cork and this lo... More

No place like home!

No place like home!

The original title for this stereo pairs shot is "Institutional building, open University, wings 3 bays wide, 4 deep, main obelisk 3 a side 3 to central portion, cart foreground" and I suspect that it won't las... More

Ashill Tower, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick

Ashill Tower, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick

Staying in Limerick but going down to the country town of Kilmallock and what appears an ancient castle/home nearby. Being out of doors today we will not have engravings and identifiable sculptures to assist u... More

Lighthouse, Carrigaholt, Co. Clare

Lighthouse, Carrigaholt, Co. Clare

From a traffic blockage in Clonmel to Carrigaholt where the nearest thing to a traffic jam is two cows meeting at a crossroads! Mr. French appears to have discovered rush hour at the famous lighthouse at Loop ... More

Small church with square battlemented tower in graveyard, showing gravestones inscribed to Turner, Burns, Houston, Snoddy, Harvey etc

Small church with square battlemented tower in graveyard, showing grav...

With a catalogue heading such as that above, identifying this church should perhaps be a doddle(?) On the morning of the winter solstice, the true new year perhaps, we can look forward to longer days, brighter... More

Gridlock in Mallarany

Gridlock in Mallarany

Down the "Wesht" today to Mallarany which I suspect is also known as Mulrany? Mr. French appears to have brought traffic, police, the dogs and the local population all to a standstill. The great saviour of al... More

Three lovely lassies

Three lovely lassies

This charming cabinet sized shot from Mr. French shows a street in Enniskillen including three young(ish) ladies with their bicycles in the foreground! I have noticed, though I don't remember anybody commentin... More

The Waterfall, Poulaphouca, Co. Wicklow

The Waterfall, Poulaphouca, Co. Wicklow

A beautiful Royal plate of the Waterfall at Poulaphouca, Co. Wicklow. Over the years I have been in that area many times but have never seen this so perhaps it has been inundated?..While not inundated, today's... More

The difference between an "N" and an "L"?

The difference between an "N" and an "L"?

The question of the day, apart from the where, when, who of most days is whether the name contains an "N" as in Kincara or and "L" as in Kilcara? I suspect that dating this will not be easy with the lack of id... More

Poor Clare's Carlow Convent Congregation Carefully Congregated!

Poor Clare's Carlow Convent Congregation Carefully Congregated!

This fine Royal sized image from the Lawrence Collection of what appears to be a shiny new Poor Clare Convent in Carlow has a gathering of people in their finery for the photograph! We can probably establish t... More

Edermine, Co. Wexford

Edermine, Co. Wexford

Unusually for a Lawrence Royal plate this image is not quite tack sharp, but it does have a hazy beauty and suggestion "other times" to it! Edermine in County Wexford would appear to be a very big house with w... More

Ballsbridge, Co. Dublin

Ballsbridge, Co. Dublin

I keep thinking I have seen this photograph before? We are back in Ballsbridge with this fine shot from Mr French. There is a lot going on which would suggest Spring Show or Horse Show? From a dating point of v... More

India in Ireland!  The "Hindo Gate: Dromore, Co. Waterford"

India in Ireland! The "Hindo Gate: Dromore, Co. Waterford"

The catalogue title here tells as much about the passage of time and changes in spelling, as the fantastic design of the bridge and gate tell us of the changes in power in the island. A beautiful if somewhat i... More

Vice-Regal Lodge, Dublin City, Co. Dublin

Vice-Regal Lodge, Dublin City, Co. Dublin

We have a very special edition for you today - we are posting 3 photos for you to enjoy.. .Sabina Higgins, wife of President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, officially launched our “Photo Detectives” exhibition ... More

Long Quay, Kinsale, Co. Cork

Long Quay, Kinsale, Co. Cork

We are off to the Rebel County today. A fine shot of Kinsale from the Lawrence Collection. It is a shame about the crack in the plate but I do not think that it takes too much away from the photo. ..We have a l... More

"Long shot, rocky fields, hills slated cottages spare trees" is Lough Dan, County Wicklow

"Long shot, rocky fields, hills slated cottages spare trees" is Lough ...

For a change we have an image from the Stereo Pairs Collection today with a rocky road surrounded by rocky fields and rocky walls in various states of repair. There is no indication where this might be though ... More

A little bit misty out there!

A little bit misty out there!

Appropriately on Halloween a misty scene, this time in west Kerry, to remind us that summer is well and truly gone and winter is coming with darkness and cold. When this image was taken Halloween was a time fo... More

Dublin Castle and the State Apartments from the lawn

Dublin Castle and the State Apartments from the lawn

This fine view of the rear of Dublin Castle and the facade of the State Apartments by Robert French keeps us in Dublin city for yet another day! Very little has changed in this scene in the intervening 100+ ye... More

Liffey, Dublin City, Co. Dublin

Liffey, Dublin City, Co. Dublin

Monday morning should be somewhat dismal as the start of yet another week, but this Lawrence image should cheer people up! The River Liffey as none of us has ever seen it - with a bridge that no longer exists (... More

Fair Day, Bantry, Co. Cork

Fair Day, Bantry, Co. Cork

To end the week we have a Lawrence Cabinet sized image of a Fair Day in Bantry, Co. Cork!. I can see creels and carts, horses and donkeys, men and women, bowlers and flatcaps but it will take some searching to... More

Feltrim Hill, Swords, Co. Dublin

Feltrim Hill, Swords, Co. Dublin

Feltrim Hill in Swords looking down on Charles J. Haughey's old home and the Swords, Malahide and Howth in the distance. This was a prominent landmark in its time and was built on a rare (for Ireland) outcrop ... More

General View, Dalkey, Co. Dublin

General View, Dalkey, Co. Dublin

A Monday morning with a view! Dalkey from the heights was a small village at that time, scattered and with a great sea view. At first I thought those rocks in the foreground were fence height but looking at t... More

R.I.C. Depot, Dublin City, Co. Dublin

R.I.C. Depot, Dublin City, Co. Dublin

Situated just inside the North Circular Road gates to the Phoenix Park these lovely, old, red bricked buildings always seemed separate from the old RIC Depot. Was Mr. French correct in his assertion that it wa... More

Harbour & Parade, Portstewart, Co. Derry

Harbour & Parade, Portstewart, Co. Derry

We are staying north of the border today, in Portstewart to be precise. Having had a good look at the photo I am struck by the three hard working (is that the correct word?) men on the middle pier, they seem to... More

Crosthwaite Park, Kingstown, Co. Dublin

Crosthwaite Park, Kingstown, Co. Dublin

A shot of a suburban scene in an exclusive area of Kingstown, as it was then known, in County Dublin. The beauty of the seascape, the proximity to the city centre and the easy access to the first railway in Ir... More

Victoria Castle East Gate, Killiney, Co. Dublin

Victoria Castle East Gate, Killiney, Co. Dublin

Had I not seen the caption on this image I would have thought that I was looking at a castle in Spain or some far land! A beautiful scene that is nearly on the doorstep of Library Towers! Killiney has changed... More

"Modern Gothic church or institutional / ecclesiastical building much battlemented, turretted" is Magee College

"Modern Gothic church or institutional / ecclesiastical building much ...

A Gothic masterpiece to end July and welcome August! This looks very institutional today but may have been the height of architectural fashion in its day? Where is it and who built it?..Derangedlemur ( /photo... More

Posers in the sunny South East

Posers in the sunny South East

If you feel a sense of 'déja vu' or even if you feel you have seen this all before then you are correct. It is Wexford but taken from the other bank of the Slaney and showing the town and its skyline in the di... More

No dogs will dine here by God!

No dogs will dine here by God!

The Royal Hospital Kilmainham dining hall in all its splendour with the panoply of war (in case anyone might forget its residents former calling)! A building that seemed destined to be made derelict, but has b... More

"River, single arch bridge in foreground, small modern church, adjoining church ruin, modern square tower background" is Cong

"River, single arch bridge in foreground, small modern church, adjoini...

I just love putting up these images from the Stereo Pairs Collection! There is something other worldly about them, a really distinctive view into the past and in stereo to boot! This image with its long and c... More

Main St. Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford

Main St. Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford

'A soft day thank God', with the wet roads giving proof of a recent rainfall. Edgeworthstown is a charming wee town with a good sized main street set in an emerald green countryside. The growth of traffic rend... More

Bridge St. Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo

Bridge St. Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo

A fine royal plate from the ubiquitous Mr. French to end the week, and a visit to the Wesht, to Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo (God help us). A nice view down a long, straight street apparently leading to a bridge, with... More

Fitzwilliam Square, Wicklow, Co. Wicklow

Fitzwilliam Square, Wicklow, Co. Wicklow

Now I am having a touch of "deja vu". I think mainly because I was down in Wicklow recently, though I didn't know that this was called Fitzwilliam Square. Not quite as elegant and expensive as the one in Dubli... More

The Quay, Wexford, Co. Wexford

The Quay, Wexford, Co. Wexford

Leaving the politics of the early 20th century behind we begin this week with an image by Robert French of the Quays in Wexford. Masts, handcarts, ropes, idlers, cargo, sailing ships, paddle steamers - the pla... More

"Unidentified photograph from the Stereo-pair collection" is Theatre Royal, Belfast

"Unidentified photograph from the Stereo-pair collection" is Theatre R...

This fine, multi storey, building with a Royal coat of arms on the pediment should be readily identifiable - yet it remains labelled as unidentified in the NLI archives. Now is the chance to begin the week on ... More

Lady Louise's Bridge, Lismore, Co. Waterford

Lady Louise's Bridge, Lismore, Co. Waterford

Today we have a very pleasant landscape from Waterford. I know Lismore is famous for the Munster Blackwater, but this river seems far too small to be it? All details on Lady Louise will also be very welcome. .... More

Trinity College, Botany Bay, Dublin City

Trinity College, Botany Bay, Dublin City

I have never heard of "Botany Bay" in the context of Trinity College. Of course the real Botany Bay holds an important position in Irish history - more for transportation of convicts rather than anything to do ... More