Galway in the Illustrated London News

The Illustrated London News, which debuted on 14 May, 1842, was the world's first fully illustrated general-interest weekly newspaper and it began a revolution in journalism and news reporting. In the days before photography became commonplace in newspapers, its artists presented a vivid picture of British and world events. The periodical established also the format for all other successful newspapers in this market niche, the sixteen-page folio-sized paper, in which illustrations were interspersed with texts .

Sold on the street-corners by newsboys, the Illustrated London News became the must-read newspaper of the masses; by 1851, it had a weekly circulation of 67,000. It provided the public with a vivid view of the people, places and events that, until then, most of them could only imagine.

The Illustrated London News ran weekly from 1842 until 1971, monthly until 1989, bi-monthly until 1994, and then just twice a year until it folded in 2003.

Here are some extracts which deal with nineteenth-century Galway.

Page link: Sketches in Ireland:
Sketches in Ireland:
Illustrated London News, 31 January 1880.
Page link: Spinning Net Thread in the Claddagh, Galway:
Spinning Net Thread in the Claddagh, Galway:
Illustrated London News, 16 July 1870.
Page link: The Galway Starvation Riots:
The Galway Starvation Riots:
Illustrated London News, 25 June 1842.
Page link: Woman Making Nets in the Claddagh, Galway:
Woman Making Nets in the Claddagh, Galway:
Illustrated London News, 4 June 1870.