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."