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Lawrence Collection

The Lawrence Collection is a collection of photos from 19th Century Ireland, the photos range between the years of 1870 – 1905. Browse this collection to find a photo of your Town or Village from 19th Century Ireland.

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O’Brien’S World

O’Brien’S World is a Collection photographs taken in Cuba 2010 ~ France 1974 ~ New Zealand 2009~ Australia 1995~New York 2009~ London 2011~ Italy 2004~ Amsterdam 2012~ Vienna 2008~ Sri~Lanka 2003

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O’Brien’S Ireland

I’m on the same road as Robert French ……. I’ve started my own “Lawrence Collection” ,….” O’Brien’S Ireland”, In the last year I have traveled to at least 22 counties Clare,Limerick,Cork,Kerry,Tipperary,Waterford, Galway Mayo,Sligo,Leitrim,Roscommon, Donegal, Cavan,Monaghan, Longford ,Westmeath,Offaly,Laois,Kilkenny,Carlow,Wexford .Wicklow ,,, Hopefully next year i will complete the task…………………. So keep in touch to see if your Town or Village is included ,

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Best Sellers

A collection of the best selling photographs from our 3 main photo catelogues.

Personal Favourites

A collection of our personal favourites from our photo catelogue, included are photos from our 3 main collections.

Famous Faces

A collection of our personal favourites from our photo catelogue, included are photos from our 3 main collections.
O’Brien Famous Costume Studio

Dress like your Ancestors and be like the Stars


O’Brien’S Famous Costume Studio (Est.1982)

Step back in time and dress up in 19th Century Costume and be your Ancestors or the famous Stars of bunratty

Costume opening Hours  10.30am to 5.30pm 7 days a week during summer months,No appointment needed , No Animals please (Health & Safety)

Prices from € 30.00


Story of the Lawrence Collection

William Mervin Lawrence at the age 0f 24 opened his Photographic Studio  above his Mother’s toy and fancy goods Shop, opposite the G.P.O. on Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street ) . Over the years the studio successfully photographed  the Country from Howth head (Dublin) in the east to Achill head (Co.Mayo) in the west ,and to Malin head (Donegal) in the north  and on to Mizen head (Cork ) in the south, The collection consists of 40,000 glass plates mainly from the period 1880 to 1916

William Lawrence lost an arm, and he had to employ Robert French as Chief Photographer,  who already  worked as printer and assistant photographer , Robert French did most of the work capturing Ireland ,between 1880 and 1915 ,to get in that Era he  travelled mostly  by train and pony & trap.

Lawrence produced travel Albums and postcards in sepia tone and some were hand coloured in Germany