Ireland Now and Then (100 yrs ago) – Happy St. Patrick’s Day! (17 PICS)

Many people have seen photos of the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in Ireland, but the Library of Congress took an interesting approach. Before St. Patrick’s Day last year, it asked for and posted more than 100 photochroms of Ireland taken between 1890 – 1900. Here’s a look at some of those same spots over a hundred years ago, then again today. ~ As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction. Photo #1 by Shiraz Chakera

St. Patrick's Day - Rope Bridge, Carrick-a-Rede. County Antrim, Ireland - Photochrom prints--Color--1890-1900

Rope Bridge, Carrick-a-Rede. County Antrim, Ireland – Photochrom print, color, taken between 1890-1900. Photochrom prints are colorized images made from black and white photo negatives. ~ May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home. May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam. May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures. May all life’s passing seasons bring the best to you and yours! Photo #2 by Library of Congress

Ireland - St. Patrick - Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge now2

Rope Bridge, Carrick-a-Rede in Ireland as it is “now.” It was somewhat impossible to find the exact same angle of the rope bridge under a creative commons license.😦 ~ What’s the use of being Irish if the world doesn’t break your heart? Photo #3 by Quichot (Edwin Klein)

St. Patrick's Day - Devenish Island ruins, Lough Erne. County Fermanagh, Ireland Photochrom prints--Color--1890-1900

Devenish Island ruins, Lough Erne. County Fermanagh, Ireland. Photochrom print colorized, taken between 1890-1900. ~ If you are lucky enough to be Irish, then you are lucky enough. Photo #4 by Library of Congress

Ireland - St Patricks day Devenish Island ruins now

Devenish Island ruins as they are “now” in Ireland. ~ May your blessings outnumber, The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you, Wherever you go! Photo #5 by Überraschungsbilder

Dunluce Castle - County Antrim, Ireland Photochrom prints--Color--1890s - St Patricks Day

Ruins of Dunluce Castle in Ireland. This colorized photochrom print was taken in the 1890s. ~ May the best day of your past, Be the worst day of your future. Photo #6 by Library of Congress

Dunluce Castle now in Ireland - st patricks day

The ruins of Dunluce Castle “now” in Ireland. ~ May your home be filled with laughter, May your pockets be filled with gold, And may you have all the happiness, Your Irish heart can hold. Photo #7 by Damien du Toit

inside the ruins of Dunluce Castle now

Inside the ruins of Dunluce Castle “now” in Ireland. ~ May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live. Photo #8 byjohn.purvis

Giant's Causeway. County Antrim, Ireland Photochrom prints--Color--1890s

The Giant’s Causeway in Ireland. This colorized photochrom print was taken in the 1890s. ~ May your neighbors respect you, troubles neglect you, the angels protect you, and Heaven accept you. Photo #9 Library of Congress

Giant's Causeway in Ireland now

The Giant’s Causeway in Ireland as it is “now.” ~ May you be in Heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you’re dead! Photo #10 Alan Bruce

The Honeycombs, Giant's Causeway. County Antrim, Ireland Photochrom prints--Color--1890

The Honeycombs at Giant’s Causeway in Ireland. This photochrom print was taken and colored in 1890. ~ Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, Love leaves a memory no one can steal. Photo #11 Library of Congress

The Honeycombs, Giant's Causeway now

This is The Honeycombs, Giant’s Causeway as it is “now.” ~ May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, May good luck pursue you each morning and night. Photo #12 Überraschungsbilder

giants causeway ireland

Another cool capture of The Honeycombs, Giant’s Causeway as it is “now.” ~ A wish for a friend: Wishing you a rainbow for sunlight after showers— Miles and miles of Irish smiles for golden happy hours— Shamrocks at your doorway for luck and laughter too, And a host of friends that never ends each day your whole life through! Photo #13 Ty TS Drown

Ross Castle, II, Killarney Photochrom prints--Color--1890s Ireland

This is Ross Castle, II, in Killarney, Ireland. The color photochrom print was taken in the 1890s. ~ Like the warmth of the sun and the light of the day, May the luck of the Irish shine bright on your way. Photo #14 Library of Congress

Ireland - Ross Castle now

This is Ross Castle in Killarney, Ireland, as it is “now.” ~ May joy and peace surround you, Contentment latch your door, And happiness be with you now and bless you evermore. Photo #15 BlackburnPhoto

Muckross Abbey, Killarney. County Kerry, Ireland photochrom

This is Muckross Abbey, Killarney, Ireland. The photochrom print was taken and colorized in the 1890s. ~ May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold – And at the end of your rainbows, may you find a pot of gold. Photo #16 Library of Congress

Muckross Abbey Ireland now

This is Muckross Abbey, Killarney, Ireland, as it is “now.” ~ These things, I warmly wish for you – Someone to love, Some work to do, A bit of o’ sun, A bit o’ cheer, And a guardian angel always near. Photo #17 Clemensfranz

10 thoughts on “Ireland Now and Then (100 yrs ago) – Happy St. Patrick’s Day! (17 PICS)

  1. beautiful locations, its surprising that many of these places still are not only standing but look almost as if no time has passed

  2. I’m Irish and I don’t know where you got those sayings but nobody Irish will have heard of them. They’re somewhat racost

  3. This is in response to “kdance” – I assume that meant RACIST when you said “racost”. You have *got* to be kidding. Pride in one’s own country and heritage is highly commendable, and anything but racist. Racism is an ugly thing that is all about hate and contempt. Nothing anything close to that is expressed in these sayings, most of which, in fact, are BLESSINGS meant for anyone, not merely the Irish. Lighten up!!!

    • Nope. You can’t say “God bless you, nigger”, no matter what way you mean it and not come off as racist. I LIVE IN IRELAND AND ALWAYS HAVE and I agree with kdance that the sayings are a bit much. its like if someone took a picture of the Grand Canyon 100 years ago and captioned “Dances with Wolves likee firewater” on it. Another thing, you are not Irish unless you live in Ireland. having a great great great granndfather who was half Irish doesn’t make you Irish. You’re only Irish if you know what the craic is. I’m sure kdance and Debbie Payne’s grandmother would both agree

      • What a load of BS from you turd! I am from Ireland also, born and reared and have ancestry going way back. You sound like one hateful motherf**ker about your identity, and who is or isn’t “Irish”…the fact that those 100+ year old photos are still in existence for the pleasure to see today is a testament, not something to be shunned you c**t!!!! I bet you hog the dole, and play Xbox all day you lazy-assed d**khead!!!

  4. Just around the corner of the modern photo of the Giants Causeway, there is a finger of land which juts out. Just off this landmark, the Spanish gold ship Giona went down in a storm. Much of the gold discovered is now in the Belfast Museum. She sank on 26th Oct 1588. This was just after the defeat of the Spanish Armada.

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