Welcome to Irish Photo Archive where Irish historical images and documents have been made available for you to purchase online.

We sell historical, archived images from every day Irish life as well as significant events in the country’s history.

From an archive of over 3.5 million images you can see the many significant characters that visited Ireland over the years. Have a look and enjoy!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Here we go ... Home Again

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has not been short of unpredictability. The current World champions, Spain were knocked out of the tournament, having lost their first two games.

England suffered a similar outcome to their campaign. Despite a strong performance against Italy in the opening match Roy Hodgson's side succumbed to Uruguay with Liverpool's Luiz Suarez punishing his club teammates in the England line up with two fine goals.

19 May 1957
Soccer International: Ireland v England, World Cup group qualifier at Dalymount Park, Dublin. The game ended in a 1-1 draw with goals from Alf Ringstead (Ireland) and John Atyeo (England).

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Monday, 16 June 2014


Today is Bloomsday - the annual celebration of that mighty tome, Ulysses, and all things Joycean. 

This year is a special one too: it is the centenary of the publication of Dubliners, Joyce’s collection of short stories and a book that is far more approachable than his later works.

Joyce's grandniece with her Irish wolfhound, Finn, at the unveiling of a plaque
at 41 Brighton Square, James Joyce's birthplace, on Bloomsday 1964.

 For practical reasons, many of the Bloomsday events were scheduled over the weekend, but there will still be many people in period costumes eating liver for breakfast and traipsing off to Sandymount Beach and the Martello tower – before they start in on the pub crawling.

Bloomsday was initiated by Patrick Kavanagh and Flann O’Brien in 1954, when they visited the Martello tower, Davy Byrnes’ pub and Eccles St, reading extracts from Ulysses and drinking much alcohol along the way.

The Martello tower has since been preserved as a museum for Joyce, mainly thanks to the efforts of the voluntary group, the Friends of Joyce Tower Society. It is now called the James Joyce Tower and Museum, and is a mandatory stop for any literary tourist passing through Dublin.

Davy Byrne’s is still going strong, of course, and perhaps somewhere the literary tourist might head when they need to pause and reflect on the references, asides, puns and sheer wordiness contained between the covers of Ulysses. A cheese sandwich and a glass of burgundy wouldn’t go astray either.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Father's Day

Father’s Day, the poor relation to the over-hyped celebration that is Mother’s Day, is this Sunday. Many people forget about it, or end up buying their long-suffering dad a box of chocolates from the corner shop the night before.

However, if you would like to get something special this year, there is still time to order from the Irish Photo Archive. We have a wide selection of images that would appeal to men of a certain vintage, and even the youthful fathers out there. 

We have a gallery of All-Ireland hurling final collages, many images of vintage planes, trains and automobiles, or prints of famous musicians like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Clancy Brothers. 

The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem discard their trademark Aran jumpers
for a visit to the Áras on 15 January 1964

We even have a fair few modelling shoots, if that’s more your father’s taste.

Martha Rose, a Violet Collins Agency model, on 4 April 1964

To find out more, check our website,, or email us at if you need help finding anything in particular. We’d be happy to help you.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Election 2014: Team Sinn Fein

Sinn Fein has been credited as the party to have made the biggest impact on the European and local government elections. In each of the three European constituencies as well as in the North the Party saw its candidates elected to the European parliament.

Today there has been speculation that the strength of the Sinn Fein vote could allow it to become a junior partner in a future coalition government with Fianna Fail.

Sinn Fein Ard feis at the Mansion
House, Dawson Street, 7th October 1976..

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