A Century of News Photography: to mark the centenary of the Irish Independent 1905-2005

18 October 2005 - 31 March 2006
National Photographic Archive

In November 2004, Independent Newspapers (Ireland) Limited donated its entire photographic collection, comprising more than 300,000 images to the National Library of Ireland. The material, which is of immense historical value, provides an excellent record of almost every aspect of 20th century Irish life. As such it is an invaluable resource for researchers in Ireland and further afield. It also helped to fill in gaps in the Library's existing collection of photographs – particularly in the areas of politics and sport in Ireland.

JFK, Eyre Square, 1963JFK, Eyre Square, 1963

On 18 October 2005, Sir Anthony O'Reilly, Chief Executive, Independent News & Media PLC launched an exhibition at the National Photographic Archive to mark the donation, and to celebrate the centenary of the Irish Independent. Entitled A Century of News Photography: to mark the centenary of the Irish Independent 1905-2005, the exhibition ran at the National Photographic Archive, Temple Bar, Dublin until March 2006.

Among the 106 images on display were a photograph of Harry Boland, Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera at the first meeting of Dáil Éireann (1919); the construction of the Shannon hydroelectric scheme (1928); Amelia Earhart in Derry (1932); the North Strand, Dublin following the bombing by German planes (1941); The Beatles at the Belfast Ritz Cinema (1963); George Best and other Manchester United team members training at the Shamrock Rovers football ground in Milltown, Dublin (1964); Charles Haughey tops the polls (1973); Seamus Heaney following his Nobel Prize win (1995).

A Century of News Photography is now available on loan to institutions throughout the country as a travelling exhibition.

Back to Previous Exhibitions.