The National Library of Ireland holds the largest collection of Irish visual materials in the world, spanning almost 1,000 years of Irish art, culture, history and literature. On June 2, 2011 the NLI joined Flickr Commons where they have uploaded more than 1,700 high res photos, collaborating with the online photo community to help identify, locate and catalogue their country’s rich history. Check out the vintage photographs of Dublin, Ireland in the late 19th and early 20th century below and be sure to visit NLI’s Flickr Commons for more.
1. View of a bustling O’Connell Bridge and Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street), ca. 1890.
2. Long Room Library at Trinity College Dublin, ca. 1885.
3. Oscar Traynor (under the X). April 2, 1922.
4. Members of the Irish Women Workers’ Union on the steps of Liberty Hall, ca. 1914.
5. O’Neill’s Bicycles, ca. 1907.
6. Horse-drawn Omnibus, Westmoreland Street, Dublin, ca. 1865.
7. Fiat car adorned with flowers and surrounded by people at 18 Rutland Square (now Parnell Square), ca. 1924.
8. View from top of Nelson’s Pillar, Sackville Street (O’Connell Street), ca. 1921.
9. Children’s Party, ca. 1924.
10. A Black and Tan on duty. Smoking and posing with a Lewis machine gun, ca. 1920.
11. High view along Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street), ca. 1905.
12. St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin City, Co. Dublin, ca. 1890.
13. Funeral procession of Fenian Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. August 1, 1915.
14. Trinity College, Dublin, ca. 1900.
15. Dáil Éireann meeting in the Mansion House. August, 1921.
16. The remains of the Dublin Bread Company at 6-7 Lower Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street) after the Easter Rising in 1916.
17. Rotunda Round Room, ca. 1913.
18. Man driving Panhard car, possibly a late 1901 or 1902 model, with three female passengers. July 1903.
19. Crowds on Westland Row in Dublin waiting to meet prisoners released under general amnesty, taken from the railway bridge at Westland Row station. June 18, 1917.
20. National Army soldiers drive a car laden with wreaths through the streets of Dublin towards Glasnevin Cemetery for the burial of Michael Collins. August 28, 1922.
21. Trinity College Dublin, ca. 1900.
22. Graves in a cemetery in Kingstown, now Dun Laoghaire, ca. 1863.
23. A very crowded Republican meeting on August 19, 1923 in Dublin that took place on O’Connell Street, or Sackville Street as it was then.
24. Sackville Street, ca. 1902.
25. Dublin Bread Company and O’Connell Bridge. July 1900.