The National Library of Ireland has a wealth of incredible photos that have been remastered which are now available on Flickr.
There are thousands available under the creative commons license and in a bid to get you looking through this wonderful and free resource, we thought we’d pick 23 of the best that showcase the changes that Dublin has overgone.
Amazing how much the city changes in some ways and in other ways it looks exactly the same. An incredible resource that’s really worth checking out.
1. A half-demolished Nelson’s Pillar on O’Connell Street, Dublin
Taken on March 8 1966.
2. No. 9 to Donnybrook
Trams on the North Circular Road in Dublin.
3. Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street) in Dublin
Between 1903 and early 1908.
4. The Long Room
This is the very beautiful Long Room Library at Trinity College Dublin in 1885.
5. Fusiliers’ Arch at the entrance to St. Stephen’s Green
6. Grafton Street in Dublin
Long before pedestrianisation was even a twinkle in Dublin Corporation’s eye; taken in 1937.
7. Top hat
Man with an umbrella standing at the junction of Nassau Street, Grafton Street and Suffolk Street.
8. Brand spanking new bus
A bright shiny new no. 8 pictured on O’Connell Street, Dublin. It looks as if these men can’t wait to get on board and try it out for size.
9. Penny farthing
10. Post card brings van to your door
This is Main Street, Rathfarnham.
11. In the eyes of the law…
Probably just pure chance, but this really looks as if that chauffeur is going to be asked to pull over to the kerb at the famous Doyle’s Corner in 1915.
12. Abbey Street and Sackville Street shelled, rubble remains
The tram passing by was numbered 244. The ads on the tram are for Donnelly’s Bacon, Hudson’s Super Soap and the Metropolitan Laundry. An ad for Bovril can just be made out on another tram. This was taken in May 1916.
13. Garda directing traffic, O’Connell Bridge
This shot gives a good view of the varied businesses on Bachelor’s Walk in early 1960s Dublin.
14. St. Albert at Dublin Airport, circa 1950
An Aer Lingus DC-3 plane at Dublin Airport’s original terminal building.
15. Sandymount Road looking towards Sandymount Green
16. A view from across the River Liffey of Liberty Hall under construction
Until relatively recently, it was the tallest building in Dublin. Taken on January 23, 1964.
17. Protest meeting at Beresford Place, and the arrest of Count Plunkett
Taken from the back of the crowd protesting at the arrest of Count Plunkett in 1917.
Gloriously sunny day (even in black and white) at Howth in 1905.
19. The steam boat train crossing the pier at Dun Laoghaire on Christmas Day, 1959
20. Public baths at Dun Laoghaire
21. The bright lights
Glorious photo of searchlights at the heart of Dublin, with the city en fête for the 31st International Eucharistic Congress.
22. Main Street in Blackrock, 1870
23. Theatre Royal, Hawkins Street, 1910
For many years an iconic building in the heart of Dublin, it was torn down much to the dismay of many Dubliners and theatre goers.