John Breslin and Sarah-Anne Buckley have returned with the third installment of their record-breaking Old Ireland in Colour series.
Beloved by Irish readers at home and abroad, for this new volume the authors have uncovered yet more photographic gems and breathed new life into them in glorious colour.
All of Irish life is chronicled – from an eviction in Clare in 1888 to devastating floods in Strabane and a snapshot of working life in Dublin.
Famous faces from politics and the arts can be seen alongside hard-working labourers and farmers, and mischievous children from all corners of the island light up this book’s pages.
With endless surprising details to pore over in every picture, along with illuminating captions, Old Ireland in Colour 3 is a stunning addition to the popular series of unique books.
Old Ireland in Colour was the biggest book in Ireland in 2020 selling 50,000 copies in ten weeks, and the only Irish book that year to have sales worth over €1m.
A collection of historical colourised images of Irish life, the result of a collaboration between NUIG academic John Breslin and historian Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley, Old Ireland in Colour won the An Post Irish Book Award for Best Irish-Published Book.
It also captured the imagination and featured in every national newspaper, on The Late Late Show, on Ryan Tubridy’s radio show. It even made the homepage of CNN.
This all came after the initial print run was only 5,000.
Merrion Press would soon return with Old Ireland in Colour 2 which delved even deeper into Ireland’s historical archives to uncover captivating photographic gems to bring to life using their unique blend of cutting-edge technology, historical research and expert colourisation.
Much like its predecessor, the book featured a fascinating collection of images covering themes such as politics and revolution, childhood, working life, and sport and leisure.
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Old Ireland in Colour 3 further celebrates the rich history of Ireland and the Irish people, from all walks of life.
The book is a portrait of life in Ireland throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Old Ireland In Colour 3 by John Breslin and Sarah Anne Buckley is published by Merrion Press.