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January 13, 2020

20 Rare Vintage Photos Capture Everyday Life of Ireland in the 19th Century

Ireland was part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1801 to 1922. For almost all of this period, the island was governed by the UK Parliament in London through its Dublin Castle administration in Ireland.

The grounds of Clonbrock House, Ahascragh, Co. Galway, December 10, 1870

Ireland faced considerable economic difficulties in the 19th century, including the Great Famine of the 1840s. In the early nineteenth century, many Irish families depended almost totally on the potato to feed themselves and their families. Potatoes would grow even on very poor soil and they were very nutritious. However, sometimes the potato crop failed.

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw a vigorous campaign for Irish Home Rule. While legislation enabling Irish Home Rule was eventually passed, militant and armed opposition from Irish unionists, particularly in Ulster, opposed it.

These rare and amazing pics from National Library of Ireland that show what life of Ireland looked like in the 19th century.

Lord Dunlo in garden with stereo camera, Ahascragh, Galway, February 20, 1864

Cross of Muiredach, Co. Louth, circa 1865

Irish black thorns, circa 1865

Augusta Congreve at the side entrance of Clonbrock House, Ahascragh, Co. Galway, January 31, 1866

A race meeting at Punchestown, Kildare, circa 1868

Roulette wheel at race meeting at Punchestown, Kildare, circa 1868

A young Kerry woman taken at the Gap of Dunloe, Killarney, Co. Kerry, circa 1870

Old woman with sad eyes, Donegal, circa 1870

Three men posing around a dead seal on Achill Island, Mayo, circa 1870

Robert Edward Dillon and his sister Georgiana, practising archery in the grounds of Clonbrock House, Co. Galway, circa 1883

An Irish man seated on rocks, by a river and surrounded by woodland, circa 1890

Salmon and straw boaters, Killarney, Co. Kerry, circa 1895

A fisherman with his currach at Ardara, Co. Donegal, circa 1897

Eight golfers (including caddies) at Lahinch, Co. Clare, circa 1897

Man posing with a gun outside his emporium - Deacon's Furniture Store also known as Ye Old Curiosity Shop, Colbeck Street, Waterford, circa 1897

Tree stump near Kells, Co. Meath, circa 1897

Furry friends, Tramore, Co. Waterford, circa 1899

O'Sullivan's Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry, circa 1899

Surgeon Major T.H. Parke, Dublin, circa 1899


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