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Visual History

Old photographs and postcards provide a graphic representation of life and experiences in Kilkenny of times past.

Kilkenny Local Studies had a long standing policy of preserving these visual representations.

All photographs and postcards can be viewed at the Local Studies Department.

Reproduction is subject to copyright restrictions and the condition of the originals.

A reproduction cost will be charged.

Below is a guide to the main collections. Catalogue descriptions of all these images are available on line through the Library catalogue.

LawrenceCollection(1901) - City and County of Kilkenny

LawrenceReproduction(1990) - City and County of Kilkenny

Crawford Collection (1946) - Kilkenny City.

The Valentine Collection (1950’s) - Kilkenny City

Miscellaneous Collection of Photographs from the 1920’s to the present of Life in Kilkenny City and County.


Aerofilms - Aerial Photographs (mid 1960’s)

Amenity Study Photographs - Bolton Street Student’s Survey (1970) - Kilkenny City.

Bord Failte Photographs (mid 1970’s) - Kilkenny City and County.

Industrial Archaeological Survey Photographs of Kilkenny City and County.


St. John's Parish Centenary Collection

Carrigan Collection

Mason Slides 

Victorian Photograph Album of Kilkenny - Scenes and People

Lawrence Photograph

Aerofilms Photograph

Crawford Photograph



Kilkenny Photographic Society: From Source to Sea.

The River Nore 2010

(Copyright - Kilkenny Photographic Society)

 River Nore



Postcards - Collection of old postcards of Kilkenny interest, these include old photographic images, hand - tinted images and promotional cards.

Postcard image

Graiguenamanagh, please click link below to view sketches of Brandondale drawn by artist Mary Burtchaell circa 1850

Mary Burtchaell Album.pdf (size 2.9 MB)

Courtesy of the Graiguenamanagh Historical Society

The original sketches are on permanent display in Graiguenamanagh Library