THE PHOTO ALBUM OF IRELAND  – Your Photos, Your Memories, Our History  
Our family photo albums give an insight into our private and public histories. As generations pass, our knowledge about this valuable social history is often lost. The Photo Album of Ireland archive project is digitally collecting family photographs to build an emerging archive representing people who identify as culturally Irish. 
We are digitising photographs that span period from the invention of photography in 1839 up to the advent of digital photography in the early 1990s. This emerging digital archive includes photographs of people working the land, family occasions, social and religious events and travels overseas.

On show: Photo Album of Donegal – selected works until 30 June 2018

We have a small pop up exhibition on show in the Meeting Room of Donegal County Museum in High Road, Letterkenny, Donegal – presented as part of the Remote Photo Festival. This small exhibition shows a selection of works from the Law, Rouslton and Scott family albums.


This website presents a small selection of the images on the archive. Click on albums to view the archive family by family.

DRUM – Portrait of a village project

Over the past year, the people of Drum village, County Monaghan have engaged with artists, curators and heritage specialists to record, create and share authentic representations of Drum past and present. The first phase of the project saw the unfolding work of the project presented in Drum village in a programme of pop up events on 17 & 18 November 2017. A more comprehensive exhibition showcasing the work of the project will be presented in the Market house, Monaghan Town in Spring 2018.

With special thanks to: Angela Graham for her creative input, direction and excellent organisational skills which made this project possible; Barbara Stewart for her administrative and photographic expertise and insights. Thanks also to Lorna Soden, Sharon Lancashire, Sandy Mills and the members of Drum Protestant Heritage Group for all their superb work; artists Kevin Fox and Krass Clement; Irene Wright; Ruth Stewart; Beth Stewart; the staff, pupils and children of Wee Drummers Community Childcare; Mervyn Reilly,  Tyrone Guthrie Centre;  Robbie McDonald, Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Sandra McQuaid and Noel Carney.

Programme overview
On Friday 17 November
– Pop up exhibition featured contemporary work by Kevin Fox ‘Drum: Portrait of a Village’  in the Protestant Hall, Drum.
 – A special projection installation of Krass Clement’s DRUM was presented in Anderson’s Pub, Drum. In keeping with the shadowy nature of the work was viewable through the doorway and windows of the former pub. Krass Clement returned to Drum for the event.
– Stewarts shop and Post Office was converted into a beautiful tea shop where delicious food and refreshments were provided by Drum Protestant Heritage Group. Country music was provided by Nigel Livingstone.

On Saturday 18 November Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD launched a programme of talks which included:
 – Introduction to the Photo Album of Drum project by Trish Lambe, Shirley Clerkin and family album contributors from Drum.
– Protestant History in Monaghan 1600 –present day. – lecture by Prof. Terence Dooley, Maynooth University. Professor Dooley specialises in Irish social and political history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly the history of Irish country houses and the landed class; land and politics in independent Ireland; and the revolutionary period 1916-23, with particular reference to his native Monaghan. His most recent publication is: The Irish Revolution 1912-23: Monaghan (Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2017).
– Historic Walking Tour of Drum – 3.30pm – 4.30p. Kevin V. Mulligan, Architectural Historian and author, will lead a walking tour and discussion of the architectural heritage of Drum village. Kevin’s recent publications include: An Introduction to the Architectural Heritage of County Monaghan, and Buildings of South Ulster, the counties of Armagh, Cavan and Monaghan (2013) Yale University Press.Tea and refreshments were provided by Drum Protestant Heritage Group in Stewart’s Shop

Drum: Portrait of a Village is a Gallery of Photography project organised in partnership with Monaghan County Council Heritage and Arts Offices,  Drum Development Association and most importantly the people of Drum village.
Kindly supported by: Monaghan County Creative Ireland Programme; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Reconciliation Fund; The Heritage Council of Ireland; Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Tyrone Guthrie Centre; Danish Arts Foundation; and the Embassy Of Denmark. 

Key Elements
Photo Album of Ireland: Drum
The Gallery of Photography’s Photo Album team is working with the people of Drum to record the social history of the village held in family photo albums and collections.  Photographs dating from the 1870s to the 1960s reveal strong community ties, changing farming methods and effects of modernization – giving a unique insight into life in rural County Monaghan.

Portrait of Drum – Kevin Fox
Irish photographer Kevin Fox is working collaboratively with the people of Drum to make a series of portraits taken in homes and other locations in and around the village. Streetscapes and landscape photographs capture the beauty of the built heritage and countryside across the seasons. A series of filmed interviews with a cross section of people record experiences of life in the village. Collectively, the photography and film elements create a unique contemporary portrait of the village of Drum.


Krass Clement’s Photobook DRUM
In 1991, while staying at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in nearby Annamakerrig, Danish photographer Krass Clement made a series of black and white photographs over the course of one evening in Anderson’s pub. Published in 1996, Krass Clement’s DRUM is considered to be one of the world’s finest photographic books. 25 years later, Krass revisited Drum for a special screening of his photographs in Anderson’s pub.

‘Drum: Portrait of a Village’ is an initiative of Gallery of Photography Ireland and Monaghan County Council Heritage Office. 

For information on the project contact: Trish Lambe, Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. E. [email protected] M. 086 6034232 T. 01 6714654

Shirley Clerkin, Heritage Officer, Monaghan County Council, The Glen, Monaghan E. [email protected] T 047 73722