More than 36 million people in the United States have ancestors who came from Ireland. Many of us, growing up, heard stories of the Old Country. Although our grandparents might even have been a generation or two removed from the Emerald Isle, these tales were nevertheless passed down.
But what they were describing was an Ireland that has long since passed, as the country is now very modern. If our ancestors were alive today, and tried to return, they'd be entering a world they no longer recognized.
However, Ireland of old is still around, captured in vintage paintings and photographs.
Flickr photo by Filskiphoto