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These Old Photographs Showcase Major Changes in Ireland

 The last few decades of the 19th century and the first few of the 20th were periods of major change and disruption in Ireland. The deaths and diaspora that came about due to the Great Hunger were followed by the agrarian unrest and evictions of the Land War and an ever-intensifying campaign for Irish Home Rule. Much of this was captured on glass plates, as photographic technology increased and propagated around the country.

The following wonderful images from the National Library of Ireland capture an expansive portrait of the people of Ireland leading up to its secession from the United Kingdom, from the wealthy landlords, and urban professionals to the farmers and fishermen who harvested the isle's bounty.

 
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c. 1870 - Four Boys at the "Rocking Stone" at Islandmagee, County Antrim. 
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c. 1885 - The Fannings of Waterford. 
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c. 1885 - A Family Cuts Turf Near Ballymena.
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c.1885 - Information Unknown.
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c.1887 - A Royal Welsh Fusilier with the Regimental Goat, and His Strap-on Crest.
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c. 1897 - The Waterford Bicycle Club.
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1899 - Information Unknown.
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c.1890 - Mother and Son.
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c. 1890 - Glencar Tea House, County Leitrim.
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c.1890 - The Cloghvorra Stone, near Kenmare.
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c.1900 - Information Unknown
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c.1900 - Medical student John Joseph Clarke.​
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c.1900 - Men on horseback in front of Kate Kearney's Cottage in Kerry.
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c. 1900 - Women sell tourist trinkets and books on Fionn Mac Cumhaill's Wishing Chair at the Giant's Causeway, County Antrim.
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c. 1900 - The Glencar Tea House in County Leitrim.
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c. 1901 - The McCoy family of Waterford.
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1902 - Cricket Players.
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1902 - Marconi Wireless Telegraph Station, Malin Head, County Donegal.
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1904 - Field Hockey Players.
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1906 - Workers at a mine in Knockmahon, County Waterford.
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1906 - Inside the Bonmahon Mines.
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1908 - Girls of the Ursuline Convent in Waterford pose in their gymnasium.
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c. 1908 - A weigh station in Clifden, County Galway.
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1908 - Information Unknown. 
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c. 1910 - Moll's Gap, Kerry.
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c.1910 - A wool operation in Leenane, County Galway.
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c. 1910 - Fisher folk of Ardglass, County Down.
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1913 - Sir Hercules Robert Langrishe, 5th Baronet Langrishe and his dog.
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1913 - Sailors on the Sarah McDonald at Waterford.
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1914 - Lifeboat Men. 
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1914 - Crew members of the Norwegian vessel The Mexican, which ran aground on the Keragh Islands. The Fethard Lifeboat Helen Blake attempted to rescue them during a storm, but was destroyed with the loss of 9 of the 14 lifeboat men.
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1914 - People in costume at the Theater Royal in Waterford.
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1915 - The Riley family, survivors of the sinking of the Lusitania, in Cobh, County Cork.
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1916 - J. Morgan's butcher shop on Broad Street, Waterford.
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1917 - A young member of the Irish Guards at Waterford Barracks with the regiment's mascot, an Irish Wolfhound.
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1924 - Three generations of a family pose beside their home at Alexander Street, Waterford.
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Source: mashable 
Photos: National Library of Ireland

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