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The Vandeleur, Gweedore, Coolgreany, Coolroe, and Clongorey evictions photograph album

Identifier: MSE/IR 7904-1

Scope and Contents

One partially-filled photograph album consisting of 31 18 x 25 cm black and white reproduction photo prints taken by an unnamed photographer. Photos depict scenes of late 19th century Irish tenant evictions. Each has been captioned by hand in ink. The first 20 photos document scenes from the Vandeleur evictions which took place in Kilrush, County Clare. The remainder document scenes of evictions in other Irish counties.

Plates depict: Soldiers and R.I.C. officers in camp; Group photograph on the steps of Vandeleur's House, with most of the names in pencil (landlord, army and R.I.C. Officers); The Battering Ram; T. Birmingham's House - Moyasta; Matthias Magrath - Moyasta; Michael Connell - Moyasta; John Flannigan - Tullycrine; One of Birmingham's sub-tenants; Mary O'Dea - Tullycrine; R.I.C. on the road for Eviction; Thomas Considine - Tullycrine; Taking down the Battering Ram; The Council; Gweedore Cabin after Eviction; Mud Cabin erected for the Evicted; Cottage at Gweedore; Group of Natives at Derrybeg; Michael Davitt, John Dillon, Captain Hamilton, and R.I.C. Officers at Coolgreaney; Dr. Tully's House; Coolroe Evictions Summers Fort; Clongorey Evictions - Heavey's House; Pat Connolly's House, burnt out; Pat Foxe's House, burnt down - Thomas Stanley's House, uninjured, both evicted.


  • Creation: 1888 - 1900

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

In late 19th century Ireland, tenants were being evicted given an inability to pay rents on properties. The Vandeleur estate was one of the areas well documented as these evictions took place. Evictions were often followed by destruction of properties. Armies were dispatched to protect those carrying out the evictions. Photos such as those included in the album were taken to document the plight of the tenants and were shown in England to raise awareness of these events.


1 volume ([1] leaf, 31 pages of plates, [30] pages) : photographs ; 33 x 35 x 4 cm in a 34 x 37 x 5 cm box

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