The Gathering 2013 Then and Now Postcard Project


South Dublin Libraries is taking part in a postcard project which is an initiative of City and County Librarians nationwide as part of The Gathering Ireland 2013. Six ‘then and now’ postcards have been produced for each county, depicting vintage postcards from the libraries’ Local Studies collections, together with a photograph of the exact same location as it is today.

The locations selected for South Dublin’s postcards are St. Maelruain’s Church, Old Bawn Bridge, the Liffey Bridge in Lucan, Rathfarnham Castle, Dodder Bridge in Rathfarnham and Clondalkin Round Tower. The original vintage postcards were published between 1900 and 1940 and the ‘now’ photographs were taken in August 2012. While a lot has changed in South Dublin over that time, it seems some things remain the same!

If you would like to send a personal invitation to family or friends abroad to come home in 2013, you can pick up a postcard at any South Dublin Libraries branch now.

For information about the exciting events happening in South Dublin as part of The Gathering, see


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