First World War images unveiled

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

HISTORIC images from the First World War are now on loan to the University of Limerick as part of Heritage Week.

HISTORIC images from the First World War are now on loan to the University of Limerick as part of Heritage Week.

The collection of photographs from the 19th century in UL’s Glucksman Library are from the historic Armstrong Collection in Tipperary’s Moyaliffe Castle.

 This exhibition features photographs from the Armstrong Papers held in the Special Collections Department of the University Library.

 Dating from the 1860s to the 1980s, the exhibition includes images of all aspects of life on a rural Irish estate in Tipperary.

“The collection provides a remarkable source of information about the Armstrongs and their tenants and of life in County Tipperary over three centuries,” said a spokesperson for UL.

Exhibition highlights include a unique set of images of the First World War, including the Battle of Gallipoli which were taken by Captain William Armstrong; labourers and farming activities on the estate in the early 1900s; sporting events from the 1920s-1980s; family and social gatherings and images of architectural interest from Ireland. 

 The Armstrong family originated in the Royalist Scottish border country, where Sir Thomas Armstrong had been among the supporters of King Charles II throughout the Civil War.

Charles II favoured Sir Thomas’s son, Captain William Armstrong, with a grant and leases of land in Ireland. 

Among these was a lease of Farney Castle, Tipperary in 1660.

Captain William Armstrong’s youngest son Thomas then purchased the lands and castle of Moyaliffe, Tipperary in the 1690s. 

His descendants were to live here until the end of the 20th century, and it is this branch of the family to which the Armstrong Papers relate and who presented the papers to UL. The Armstrong Papers contain over 100,000 documents dating from the 1660s to the 1990s, including over 13,000 photographs.  They include estate records and personal papers, such as account books, leases, maps, and wills, .

The exhibition is open from 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday until to September 2.