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Snapshots in time are just a click away in digital archive

EIMEAR Ni BHRAONAIN

Published 16/03/2010 | 05:00

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A photo of an Irish family originally created for the Irish postcard trade by Eason & Son between 1900-1940

A new link to our past is now just a few clicks away. The National Library of Ireland yesterday launched its enhanced online service, which has 34,000 photographs recording almost 100 years of Irish history.

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"The library holds the world's largest collection of photographs relating to Ireland," said National Library director Fiona Ross.

"These photographs are a rich source of primary research material and, as a means of understanding and engaging with the past, they are invaluable because they provide us with evidence of places, events and people who shaped the nation, as well as providing insights into culture and social history, politics, art, landscape and natural history."

Last year, the National Library introduced an online service whereby 22,000 photographs from the Lawrence, Poole and Independent Newspapers collections were added to its website database.

Since then, library staff have digitised an additional 12,000 images from five other important National Photographic Archive collections: Eason, Stereo Pair, Clarke, Tempest and Keogh.

The 34,000 photographs of Ireland, all relating to the period 1860 to 1954, can be viewed online at www.nli.ie/digital-photographs.aspx .

Irish Independent

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