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Before And After Photos Of Ireland Show How Much The Country Has Changed In A Century

The Lawrence collection consists of thousands of glass plate photographic negatives of cities, towns, and famous landmarks of Ireland dating from 1870 to 1910. In the 1990s, the Federation of Local History Societies and the Federation for Ulster Local Studies resumed the project with the cooperation of 77 volunteer photographers. In this project, thousands of photographs from the Lawrence collection were replicated approximately one hundred years later, creating a modern collection to complement the Lawrence Collection. The objective was to facilitate the future study of the changing topography of cities, towns, and rural areas throughout Ireland by recording the constant changes in the physical environment. Scenes were selected based on perceived significance, variety of subjects (emphasizing street scenes), and geographical spread. As well as placing a full set of prints (the Lawrence and the new) with the National Library of Ireland and the Ulster Museum, the Federation of Local History Societies and the Federation For Ulster Local Studies also distributed a set of prints relating to scenes within each county in the Republic of Ireland to the corresponding county library.

#1 Middle Row, Lurgan, Armagh, 1879-1990

Middle Row, Lurgan, Armagh, 1879-1990

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#2 Diamond, Coleraine, 1890-1990

Diamond, Coleraine, 1890-1990

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#3 St. Nicholas’ Church, Galway, 1890-1990

St. Nicholas' Church, Galway, 1890-1990

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#4 Tea House, Glencar, Leitrim, 1890-1990

Tea House, Glencar, Leitrim, 1890-1990

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#5 Main Street, Belturbet, Cavan, 1899-1990

Main Street, Belturbet, Cavan, 1899-1990

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#6 Marconi Wireless Telegraph Station, Malin Head, Donegal, 1902-1990

Marconi Wireless Telegraph Station, Malin Head, Donegal, 1902-1990

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#7 The Square, Rathdowney, Loais, 1900-1990

The Square, Rathdowney, Loais, 1900-1990

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#8 Waterfoot, Co. Antrim, 1890-1990

Waterfoot, Co. Antrim, 1890-1990

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#9 Market Square, Bagenalstown, Carlow, 1900-1991

Market Square, Bagenalstown, Carlow, 1900-1991

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#10 Stella Maris Hotel, Kilkee, Clare, 1890-1990

Stella Maris Hotel, Kilkee, Clare, 1890-1990

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#11 Ballyhooly, Cork, 1880-1991

Ballyhooly, Cork, 1880-1991

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#12 Trinity College Dublin, 1900-1990

Trinity College Dublin, 1900-1990

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#13 Enniskillen, Fermanagh, 1890-1990

Enniskillen, Fermanagh, 1890-1990

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#14 The Strand, Ballinskelligs, Kerry, 1900-1990

The Strand, Ballinskelligs, Kerry, 1900-1990

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#15 Court House, Kilkenny, 1908-1990

Court House, Kilkenny, 1908-1990

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#16 Sawmill, Foynes, Limerick, 1890-1990

Sawmill, Foynes, Limerick, 1890-1990

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#17 Egyptian Arch, Newry, Down, 1905-1990

Egyptian Arch, Newry, Down, 1905-1990

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#18 Castletown House, Kildare, 1890-1990

Castletown House, Kildare, 1890-1990

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Written by Benjamin Grayson

Former Bouquet seller now making a go with blogging and graphic designing. I love creating & composing history articles and lists.

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