Europe Direct Blanchardstown presents Irish Photo Archive Exhibition: Photo Heritage of Ireland

Europe Direct
Event Information

Date: 22 Aug 2014 until 1 Sep 2014
Time: All Day
Europe Direct Centre: Blanchardstown Library
Location: Event Centre

Event Description

Irish Photo Archive exhibition: Photo Heritage of Ireland

The Irish Photo Archive is a collection of 3.5 million images from six decades of Irish social, economic, political and cultural life. It is the archive of the Lensmen Photographic Agency, set up in 1952 by Andy Farren and Padraig McBrian. While Lensmen continues to operate under the guidance of Susan Kennedy, the Irish Photo Archive is attempting to digitize the glass and film negatives before they are lost to future generations through deterioration. Almost 50,000 images have been digitized so far, but this is only about 2% of the entire collection.

All major events in Irish history are covered by the Archive: visits to Ireland by VIPS such as JFK, Princess Grace of Monaco, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Muhammed Ali; Irish political leaders such as De Valera, Haughey, Reynolds, FitzGerald; sporting events; cultural celebrations; disasters and tragedies; etc. However, perhaps the most popular photos of all are the numerous images the Lensmen photographers took of normal people going about their everyday lives.

As part of the 2014 Heritage Week (from August 23rd to August 31st), Blanchardstown Library will be hosting an exhibition of some of the Irish Photo Archive prints, which will give a glimpse of the range of images covered by this cultural resource. National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council to build awareness and education about our heritage, thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation. It takes place every year in the last week of August, with events planned across the country.

If you are in the Blanchardstown area, please do call by and take a look. The exhibition is free, and accessible throughout the library’s opening hours of Mon-Thurs: 9:45am – 8:00pm and Fri and Sat: 9:45am – 5:00pm.