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Shining a (lantern) light on a 19th century Irish photographer

A public appeal was launched last year by the RCB Library in Dublin to help identify the work of a skilled and widely-travelled photographer, whose set of 296 lantern slide was recovered from the deanery in Killaloe, County Clare. The collection captured images of Palestine and north India at least 100 years ago. 

Twelve months on, and the search for the elusive photographer is nearing completion, thanks to a lead from a BBC journalist about a possible link to a Presbyterian minister from Coleraine, County Londonderry, the Reverend Willie Wilson, and subsequent assistance from that man's descendants and an avid local historian in the village of Donaghmore, County Tyrone.

You can read the full updated story online and view images from three additional groups of these lantern slides from the 'Killaloe' collection on this link here.

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