Around the Island: A Tour of Ireland in Photographs

Crowds at Punchestown in Kildare; Westport House in Mayo in 1858; Patrick Kavanagh standing in potato fields in Monaghan - these are just three of hundreds of images we have selected as part of 'Around the Island', a tour through each county through our historic photographs. We invite you to connect and reconnect with your county and its history through our rich and varied online collections.

Since 2007, when we started a major project to digitise our glass plate negatives, more than 60,000 photographs of Ireland and Irish life have been made available online. They offer unique insights into life across the island of Ireland from the middle of the 19th century all the way up to the late 20th century. You can explore these images on our catalogue

Each week we will also sharing a  video showing a selection of images from a different county on our social media. You can explore all the videos so far on our YouTube channel.

Do share any interesting findings or observations on social media, using the hashtag #NLIonline.

Main Entrance, Kildare St.
Main Entrance, Kildare St.
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