Thursday, 5 January 2012

CLARE CHATTER.. from National Library Ireland

Inchiquin Papers, Manuscript Collection List 143 now available

The Inchiquin Papers, a large collection of records relating to the ownership and management of the largest estate in county Clare, belonging to the O'Brien family of Leamanegh and Dromoland, later Barons Inchiquin, has recently been fully catalogued and made available to researchers for the first time. This collection also includes papers pertaining to related O'Brien families in county Clare such as the Earls of Inchiquin and Earls of Thomond.
The papers span several hundred years from the late sixteenth century to the early twentieth century and are an invaluable source for genealogical, social and local history of county Clare.
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National Photographic Archive, Temple Bar  A Bird's Eye View Of ireland

5 November 2008 - February 2009

A Bird's Eye View of Ireland was the title of the National Photographic Archive's exhibition of aerial photographs which provided a unique perspective on the landscape and development of twentieth century Ireland as well as a record of several significant environmental, archaeological, social and industrial events in the nation's history.
Among the images featured were photographs of the Hill of Tara in County Meath; the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare; Croagh Patrick in County Mayo; the Guinness Brewery in Dublin; Powerscourt House in Enniskerry, County Wicklow after it had been gutted by fire; the Fiat Ireland plant in Dublin; Áras an Uachtaráin, the President of Ireland's residence in the Phoenix Park, and Mondello Park, the Irish motor racing venue in Country Kildare. Also included were German aerial reconnaissance photographs of Dublin and its environs taken in December 1940. Among the areas identified were strategically important military barracks, power plants and airports.
The work featured in the exhibition was drawn from three NPA collections – the Morgan collection, the Rex Roberts collection and the Independent Newspapers (Ireland) Limited collection.


Ongoing indexing, digitising, copying and cataloguing projects ensure that the photographs in our care are becoming increasingly accessible to the public. However, it should be noted that there are a number of collections that cannot be made available to researchers at present.
There follows a listing of some of the better known collections in the Archive, please follow the links to find out more about a specific collection.

Our Own Place Collection
An archive prepared in 1996, of over 600 photographs and text, reflecting contemporary life in Ireland.

Lawrence Photographic Project 1990/1991.
A collection created in 1991, replicating 1,000 Lawrence Collection photographs, to record the changing landscapes of Ireland.

Cardall Collection
This collection contains 5000 negatives from the Cardall postcard firm; the images date from the 1940's – 1960's.

Clarke Collection
This is a relatively small collection of photographs by JJ Clarke, mainly of Dublin in the period 1897 to 1904.

Clonbrock Collection
A collection of 3,500 glass plates spanning the years 1860 – 1930, it is an excellent pictorial record of the life of a landed family.

Eason Collection
A collection of 4,000 glass plate negatives created for Eason and Sons Postcard Company between 1900 – 1940.

Keogh Collection
A collection of 300 photographs from the Keogh Brothers Studio, Dublin from the period 1915 – 1930, includes excellent coverage of the political figures involved in the 1916 Rising.

Independent Newspapers (Ireland) Collection
This is a collection of 300,000 negatives from the Irish Independent newspaper archive dating from 1912 to 1997.

Morgan Collection
This is a collection of aerial photographs of Ireland that were taken by Captain Morgan in the mid 1950s.

Poole Collection
A collection of 65,000 portraits and topographical images from the Poole Studio, a commercial studio based in Waterford City between 1884 – 1954.

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