In June 2013, Chetham's LIbrary in Manchester, England published an album, containing about 120 excellent prints of coastal scenes of rural Galway. Many of them were dated to 1879. Founded in 1653, Chetham’s Library in Long Millgate, Manchester, is the oldest public library in the English-speaking world.
Chetham’s post caught the attention of Dr Jackie Ui Chionna from the National University of Ireland in Galway (NUIG), who has lately completed a PhD on the Galway Fishery. She proposed that the photographs probably came from the Ashworths, a Quaker cotton milling family from Egerton, near Bolton, who bought the Galway Fishery from the Encumbered Estates' Court in 1852 for £50,000.
The Ashworths subsequently converted it into the world's first commercial salmon fishery, building the Fishery Watchtower and the Tower Station, and pioneering the science now known as aquaculture.
Here I've shared just two of the photos -- one showing residents of The Claddagh, and the other showing ships docked in the Galway harbour. You can view the entire album HERE.