Then and Now

9 Apr

I discovered, through a colleague at work, that the National Library of Ireland have a database of photographs that is accessible online (and you can order prints of the photos for €15 each as well). I did a little investigation of my new neighborhood and thought it would be fun to compare the area then and now.  The site of the old school was impossible to get at the same angle as there’s now the local  “garda” (police) station on the plot of land where the photo was taken from before but I did my best!  In some ways, it’s surprising to see how little has changed — but I would have loved for the main road to still be cobbled and have a trolley running down it. So quaint.

If you’ve got Irish ancestry, the site could be of interest to you and you can also access the 1901 and the 1911 census data (and view the original census cards): and or check out the Flickr community called “Then and Now” which has a whole series of photos like these from all over the world:


8 Responses to “Then and Now”

  1. Becky April 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    If you look closely at the first 2 pictures, you can see that it took that person 100 yrs to walk one block.

    Cool pictures…it’s amazing how little has changed!

    • amyswear April 19, 2011 at 8:58 am #

      that’s Ireland for you — in all that time so much AND so little has changed.

  2. Betty April 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    This is fascinating, like a time machine! Have you thought about a book of these comparison photos?

    • amyswear April 19, 2011 at 8:58 am #

      I haven’t but it’s a good idea. I need to get snapping!

  3. Christiana Childers April 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    Oh! That is cool! I’m going to look at Lansdown NOW!

  4. Christiana Childers April 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    Can’t find Lansdowne or any photos. Where is it with in the Database?

    • amyswear April 19, 2011 at 8:59 am #

      Correction – National Library photo archives — have corrected the link in the blog post.


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