Old Ireland in Colour

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Product Description Old Ireland in Colour celebrates the rich history of Ireland and the Irish through the colour restoration of stunning images of all walks of Irish life, and the Irish abroad, throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From the chaos of the Civil War to the simple beauty of the islands, each image has been exquisitely transformed and every page is bursting with life. Using a combination of cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology and his own historical research, John Breslin has meticulously colourised these pictures with breathtaking attention to detail and authenticity. With over 170 photographs from all four provinces, and accompanied by fascinating captions by historian Sarah-Anne Buckley, Old Ireland in Colour revitalises scenes we thought we knew, and brings our past back to life before our eyes. Contents The Irish Revolution Society and Culture Women and Children The Irish Abroad Scenic Ireland Review "It's a mesmerising portal ... Confronting, humanising and rather magical ... A beautifully, carefully curated, well written and technically brilliant book -- highly recommended" - The Irish Examiner From the Author In 1839, Louis Daguerre announced his discovery of the process of photography. In 1841, professional photography was introduced to Ireland, and by 1881 most counties had at least one photographer, many of them being women. For over a century, photographers - both professional and amateur - captured and collected moments in our history in black and white, the technology of the time. These are incredibly important historical sources, but just as we do today, people from this period lived their lives in colour, and we believe it is important to try to view their lives in this way. This book, and the Old Ireland in Colour project, aims to bring Ireland's modern history to life through the colourisation of black and white photographs. The first hundred years of photography, during which most of the images in this book were taken, was one of dramatic demographic, social, economic, political, cultural and technological change in Ireland and internationally. This change and transformation is a key tenet of this book and the photographs it contains. Each was chosen with several considerations in mind: a reflection of Ireland's different social classes, the need for a diverse geographical spread, permissions and availability, and the importance of gender, religion and ethnicity. Although Ireland was predominantly agricultural at the turn of the twentieth century, urban life and streetscapes are an important feature. Yet the dominance of the West of Ireland cannot be denied - due in part to the wealth and focus of the Folklore Collection from the 1930s, and the initial work and interest of John's Old Ireland in Colour project. As Marina Amaral and Dan Jones state in their hugely successful book The Colour of Time, there 'are many more admissions than inclusions' in this book. This collection is not a comprehensive history of Ireland, nor is it a history of photography in Ireland. This has been explored, and explored well, by other scholars - Seán Sexton and Christine Kinealy's The Irish: A Photohistory: 1840-1940, Ciara Breathnach's Framing the West and Erika Hanna's more recent Snapshot Stories: Visuality, Photography, and the Social History of Ireland, 1922-2000 being prime examples. It is, however, a cross section of Ireland's remarkable photographic collections colourised through consultation with available historical sources. We have chosen to group these photographs thematically, and within these sections, we have largely adhered to a chronological order. In some cases, we have provided long captions, in others we feel the photograph speaks for itself and we have acknowledged who and where it came from. Our categorisation has also been driven by public interest in the history of Ireland and the Irish - particularly the history of the Irish revolution, social and cu