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Vanishing Ireland : Recollections of Our Changing Times (Hardcover) (James Fennell & Turtle Bunbury)
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In Vanishing Ireland: Recollections of our Changing Times, award-winning photographer James Fennell and bestselling author Turtle Bunbury once again journey the length and breadth of Ireland to bring us an extraordinary, powerful new collection of poignant interviews from ordinary men and women who share with us their memories, providing us with an invaluable link to the past.Through words and stunningly evocative photographs, we meet the people of Ireland who lived through adversity and hardship during the formative decades of independent Ireland, yet whose courage, kindness and humour remains intact. We talk with those who watched friends and family sail for foreign shores, and lose ourselves in a world where life was simpler, yet somehow happier; where storytelling, fiddle-playing, céilís and communal pastimes cemented the deep friendships that became the lifeblood of each community.As stories are shared beside the warmth of a fire in farmhouses in Kerry and Clare; in the turf sheds of Limerick and Tipperary; over cups of tea and glasses of whiskey in the kitchens of Wexford, Sligo and Dublin; in the cobbled yards of Wicklow and Tipperary; in the shadow of the hills of Leitrim and Donegal; on the pavements of Dublin City; and against the sound of crashing waves on the coast of Galway, we meet the people who have lived through times of change as the past comes alive through their words.Blacksmiths, saddlers, harness makers and coal miners, mattress makers, factory workers, bonesetters and cattle drivers, all are gathered here as we are afforded a glimpse of the inimitable spirit of the people of this country.The world continues to change but, gathered within these pages, are stories and to be cherished, to keep the past alive long into the future.
In the new installment of the Vanishing Ireland series, the authors travel the country and speak to communities, friends, and neighbors in a dramatically changing society
Award-winning photographer James Fennell and author Turtle Bunbury once again travel Ireland to bring readers an extraordinary, powerful new collection of poignant interviews from ordinary men and women, communities, friends, and neighbors throughout the land. Sharing with us their memories of times past, through words and stunningly evocative photographs, we hear of some adversity and hardship but an overriding sense of identity and belonging in small communities and towns where people rely on their neighbors. We lose ourselves in a world where life was simpler, as stories are shared beside fires, over cups of tea and glasses of whiskey, and over fences and hedges as we meet the people who have lived through times of change as the past comes alive through their words.
Number of Pages: 180
Genre: Photography, History
Sub-Genre: Subjects + Themes / Portraits, Europe / Ireland, Subjects + Themes / Regional
Publisher: Hachette Books
Author: James Fennell & Turtle Bunbury
Street Date: December 8, 2011
Item Number (DPCI): 247-07-0586