A Bird's Eye View of Ireland

National Photographic Archive, Temple Bar

5 November 2008 - February 2009

A Bird’s Eye View of Ireland was the title of the National Photographic Archive’s exhibition of aerial photographs which provided a unique perspective on the landscape and development of twentieth century Ireland as well as a record of several significant environmental, archaeological, social and industrial events in the nation’s history.

Among the images featured were photographs of the Hill of Tara in County Meath; the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare; Croagh Patrick in County Mayo; the Guinness Brewery in Dublin; Powerscourt House in Enniskerry, County Wicklow after it had been gutted by fire; the Fiat Ireland plant in Dublin; Áras an Uachtaráin, the President of Ireland’s residence in the Phoenix Park, and Mondello Park, the Irish motor racing venue in Country Kildare. Also included were German aerial reconnaissance photographs of Dublin and its environs taken in December 1940. Among the areas identified were strategically important military barracks, power plants and airports.

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The work featured in the exhibition was drawn from three NPA collections – the Morgan collection, the Rex Roberts collection and the Independent Newspapers (Ireland) Limited collection.

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