Vanishing Ireland: Recollections of Our Changing Times

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9781444733051: Vanishing Ireland: Recollections of Our Changing Times

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.

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About the Author:

JAMES FENNELL is one of Ireland's leading photographers, and his work has been featured in Vogue Living, House & Garden, The Financial Times, and The Irish Times. ( 

TURTLE BUNBURY is a best-selling author and award-winning historical consultant, whose roles include international public speaking and frequent contributions to television, radio and print media.  His print & online media credits include National Geographic Traveler, Playboy, Vogue Living, The World of Interiors, The Australian, The Financial Times & The Irish Times. (

BUNBURY & FENNELL'S PUBLISHED BOOKS* Vanishing Ireland, Friendship & Community (Hachette, 2013)
* Vanishing Ireland, Recollections of Changing Times (Hachette, 2011)
* Sporting Legends of Ireland (Mainstream, 2010)
* Vanishing Ireland, Further Chronicles of a Disappearing World (Hachette,
* The Irish Pub (Thames & Hudson, 2008)
* Vanishing Ireland (Hodder Headline, 2006)
* Living in Sri Lanka (Thames & Hudson, 2006)

* Best Irish Published Book of the Year (2013, Shortlist)
* Eason's Irish Published Book of the Year (2010, Shortlist)
* William Hill Sports Book of the Year (2010, Nominee)
* Eason's Irish Published Book of the Year (2007, Shortlist)


An absolutely beautiful book―Pat Kenny, Today with Pat Kenny

A wonderful book―Metro

A genuine treasure ... full of stunning photographs and fascinating profiles―The Dubliner

A dignified tribute to the older generation who grew up, so it seems, in another world.―The Irish Examiner

One of the best picture books of the year―Irish Examiner

An ideal Christmas present―Sunday Independent

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