Photochrom prints of Ireland taken between 1890 and 1900 and organized
.by county, courtesy of the Library of Congress.
.. GLENOE, COUNTY ANTRIM //. IMAGE CREDIT: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Royal Avenue, Belfast
While Belfast’s main shopping district was a popular target of IRA attacks in the 1970s and ’80s,
most of the buildings in this image are still standing after all this time.
Rustic Bridge in Glenariff
With its picturesque trees and waterfalls, Glenariff Forest Park is a popular tourist destination these
days.The area is nicknamed “Queen of the Glens”—the largest and most beautiful glen in the county.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Amazingly, this rope bridge linking Carrick Island to the mainland is still in use. It has become
a major tourist attraction. It has been redesigned and improved over the years to make it safer.
While the beaches of Portrush are still a draw for tourists, the town is now also known for its dance
clubs and Barry’s Amusements, the largest amusement park in Northern Ireland.
You might recognize this famous icon from the cover of Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy.
The weird natural design is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. The hot lava cooled so
fast that it created deep, giant cracks that eventually broke into the columns seen today.
Vale of Avoca
The River Avoca flows only through the County Wicklow, where it starts off as two distinct rivers
and then flows together at one point, known as the Vale of Avoca. This vale is located inside the
town of Avoca, pictured here.
The entire center of County Wicklow is made up of the Wicklow Mountains, which are naturally
adorned with a number of rivers and stunning waterfalls like this one. This particular waterfall
no longer exists since the Poulaphouca Reservoir was completed in 1940.
Up until the mid-1700s, Bray was a sleepy fishing village, but as the people of Dublin started to
seek sanctuary outside the crowded city, the town’s population grew quickly. By the mid-1800s
the town had become the largest seaside resort in the country. These days, Bray is home to
the country’s only dedicated film studios, Ardmore Studio, which has produced such classics
as Excalibur and Braveheart.
The Dargle Bridge
The River Dargle is named An Deargail in Gaelic, which translates to “little red spot.” While it’s not
obvious in this picture, the name is a reference to the fact that most rocks in the river are tinted red.
Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin
This beautiful hotel opened in 1824 and is still open for business, currently operating under the
banner of Marriott International. The hotel even played an important role in Irish history.
In 1922, it served as the meeting place for the creators of the Irish Constitution. Room 112, where
it was drafted, is now fittingly known as The Constitution Room.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
Officially known as the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Patrick, this icon of Ireland
was founded in 1191 and now serves as the National Cathedral of Ireland. It also holds the record
for the tallest church in Ireland, boasting a spire that stands 140 feet tall.
Phoenix Park, Dublin
The obelisk in the background is the Wellington Monument, found in Phoenix Park, Dublin. It is the
tallest obelisk in Europe, dedicated to the great deeds of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington.
Roches Royal Hotel, Glengarriff Harbor
While this particular hotel may no longer be in business, the small town of Glengarriff (pop. 800)
is still a popular tourist destination providing seaside views paired with high mountain peaks and
quaint peat bogs scattered across the town.
The town is named for the Glengarriff Forest, Gleann Garbh in Gaelic, which means “rough glen.”
The forest is indeed home to a rough glen and some of the oldest oak and birch groves left in Ireland.
Patrick Street, Cork
Blackrock Castle was originally constructed as a fort intended to keep away pirates and other
potential threats. While a few remains of the original building still stand, most was destroyed
in a fire in 1827 and replaced with the current structure that was completed in 1829. While the
castle was used for a variety of purposes throughout the ages, it now serves as Ireland’s first
interactive astronomy center, which is open to the public.
Dungarven Bridge and Harbor
The Gaelic name for this city is Dún Garbháin, which translates to “Garbhan’s fort”, referring to
Saint Garbhan who founded a church there in the seventh century. These days, Dungarven is
the administrative center of County Waterford.
The Quays, Waterford
Waterford is the oldest city in all of Ireland, established back in 914. One thousand years later
the city is still the fifth largest in the country. These days, Waterford is best known for its crystal.
Sadly, Waterford Crystal shut down its factory in 2009 after operating in the town for 225 years.
Guests can now visit the Waterford Crystal Visitor Center instead.
Ross Castle, Killarney
This stunning castle looks largely the same now as it did back when this picture was taken,
despite the recent renovations that have allowed it to become open to the public. In the late
1400s, this castle was one of the strongest military posts in the country.
In fact, during the Irish Confederate Wars of the 1600s,it was one of the last castles to surrender;
the leader of the battle only did so after the castle was attacked via water—something no one
inside the stronghold saw coming.