Island Life: the islands of Ireland

28 March – 11 June 2007
National Photographic Archive

Images of the islands surrounding Ireland’s coastline were the subject of the National Photographic Archive (NPA) exhibition entitled Island life: the islands of Ireland which ran from March to June 2007.

Group of people with lobster pots, Tory Island, c. 1900. NLI refernce: CAS 10A.Group of people with lobster pots, Tory Island, c. 1900. NLI refernce: CAS 10A.


The exhibition featured a number of different locations, but concentrated predominantly on Achill Island, the Aran Islands, Valentia and the Blasket islands. A small number of inland lake islands such as Station Island on Lough Derg were also included.

Aran island - supplies arriving by boat, c. 1980. NLI refernce: Dig6.Aran island - supplies arriving by boat, c. 1980. NLI refernce: Dig6.


The images were drawn from the Lawrence, Eason, Casement, Diggin and Morgan collections and from the Tómas Ó Muircheartaigh Collection and the Colman Doyle Collection.

Fish Curing at Coonanna, c. 1890. NLI refernce: CAB 6569.Fish Curing at Coonanna, c. 1890. NLI refernce: CAB 6569.

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