National Library of Ireland teams up with Google for online exhibition

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An early motor car, Ross House, Ross, Co Galway, 1898-89 (Power and Privilege: the Big House in Ireland)
An early motor car, Ross House, Ross, Co Galway, 1898-89 (Power and Privilege: the Big House in Ireland)
A woman walks past a stationery shop on Sackville (O'Connell) Street (Dubliners: The photographs of JJ Clarke)
A woman walks past a stationery shop on Sackville (O'Connell) Street (Dubliners: The photographs of JJ Clarke)
Ladies' bicycle race, possibly Moydrum Castle, Athlone, Co Westmeath 1898 (Power and Privilege: the Big House in Ireland)
Ladies' bicycle race, possibly Moydrum Castle, Athlone, Co Westmeath 1898 (Power and Privilege: the Big House in Ireland)
Readers entering the National Library from Kildare Street (Dubliners: The photographs of JJ Clarke)
Readers entering the National Library from Kildare Street (Dubliners: The photographs of JJ Clarke)
A woman sitting on a wall, possibly at one of the Kingstown line stations (Dubliners: The photographs of JJ Clarke)
A woman sitting on a wall, possibly at one of the Kingstown line stations (Dubliners: The photographs of JJ Clarke)
Dubliners: The photographs of JJ Clarke
Dubliners: The photographs of JJ Clarke
The christening of the Smyth babies, at Sion Lodge, Co Waterford (Power and Privilege: the Big House in Ireland)
The christening of the Smyth babies, at Sion Lodge, Co Waterford (Power and Privilege: the Big House in Ireland)
House party at Oak Park, Co Carlow, home of the Breun family, 1901 (Power and Privilege: the Big House in Ireland)
House party at Oak Park, Co Carlow, home of the Breun family, 1901 (Power and Privilege: the Big House in Ireland)
The Dillon family relaxing at home in Ahascragh, Co Galway, 1900 (Power and Privilege: the Big House in Ireland)
The Dillon family relaxing at home in Ahascragh, Co Galway, 1900 (Power and Privilege: the Big House in Ireland)
Amateur photographers Ahascragh, Co Galway, 1899 (Power and Privilege: the Big House in Ireland)
Amateur photographers Ahascragh, Co Galway, 1899 (Power and Privilege: the Big House in Ireland)
Power and Privilege: the Big House in Ireland
Power and Privilege: the Big House in Ireland
Michael Collins (Witness to War)
Michael Collins (Witness to War)
The IRA attacks the Custom House on 25 May 1921 (Witness to War)
The IRA attacks the Custom House on 25 May 1921 (Witness to War)
The destruction of parts of Cork in 1920 (Witness to War)
The destruction of parts of Cork in 1920 (Witness to War)

The National Library of Ireland has become the first Irish cultural institution to partner with Google Cultural Institute, which displays exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world.

Initially, three of the NLI's photographic exhibitions will be hosted on Google Cultural Institute.

Power and Privilege: the Big House in Ireland depicts life in Ireland's 'Big Houses' during the mid-1800s and early 1900s.

Witness to War comprises photographs taken by WD Hogan, who had unique access to the events of the War of Independence and Civil War in Ireland between 1920 and 1923.

Dubliners: The photographs of JJ Clarke provides a unique photographic record of life in the city at the turn of the last century, a period immortalised in the literary works of James Joyce.

John Herlihy, Vice-President International SMB sales and head of Google in Ireland, said: "The Google Cultural Institute is delighted to showcase these three exhibitions from the vast collection of the National Library of Ireland to a global audience.

"Many cultural institutions lack the physical space to display their full collections and the Google Cultural Institute is a fabulous online resource to make these collections accessible to a wider audience.

"We hope it will result in a greater appreciation of Irish history and culture; indeed these exhibitions will be of interest not only to the Irish diaspora but to all those with an interest in Irish history and culture."

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