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Pictures: New online archive gives public access to Dublin's visual history

Dublin City Council have published their archives online, in the hope it would help members of the public access records they need.

No caption	itle Pictures of the North Strand Bombing are just some of the interesting and powerful photographs that make up the new archive. Source: Dublin City Library and Archive

DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL have launched an online archive of 43,000 historic photographs and documents on their website.

From today, you can search documents online by archive, date, location for free. The pictures show events like the Eucharistic Congress and the North Strand Bombing (some of which were taken as proof for insurance).

There are also everyday events such as strikes, football matches, and pictures of old Dublin streets.

The archive includes pictures of old documents and objects, with the oldest document dated to 1757 – of an old planning map of Dublin City.

Margaret Hayes, City Librarian, says the archive will not only provide people with free access to the collections of Dublin City Libraries and Archives, but will also give them a chance to enrich their knowledge of the photographs they have.

Indeed, we look forward to the public helping us by providing additional information on the people and places featured.

Here’s a taster of what’s on offer at Dublin City Council’s National Archive.

Traffic at Fairview during a bus strike

Image Source: Dublin City Library and Archive

Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage, Co Mayo

Pilgrimage Source: Dublin City Library and Archive

North Strand Bombing, May 1941

This photo was taken at 584 North Circular Road and 24 Rutland Place by a local photographer Henry McCrae.

Archives insurance Source: Dublin City Library and Archive

Eucharistic Congress, June 1932

Thousands gathered near the High Altar in the Phoenix Park on Children’s Day.

Near the High Altar in the Phoenix Park on Children's Day Source: Dublin City Library and Archive

Sport for All Day, 1979

Image (2) Source: Dublin City Library and Archive

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