Market Square, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, late 19th century
This photo was taken in the late 19th century, probably by Robert French, chief photographer of William Lawrence Photographic Studios of Dublin. It features a laughing, or at least smiling, policeman!
Compare this view of Bagenalstown with its companion photo taken by photographer Padraig J. Laffan (approximately 100 years later) as part of the Lawrence Photographic Project 1990/1991, where one thousand photographs from the Lawrence Collection in the National Library of Ireland were replicated a hundred years later by a team of volunteer photographers, thereby creating a record of the changing face of the selected locations all over Ireland.
For further information on the Lawrence Photographic Project, read all about it on our NLI Blog.
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