Cork City Reflections by Kieran McCarthy
A fascinating collection of merged historic and modern images that reflect the changes in the city of Cork through the decades.
One hundred years ago in Ireland marked a time of change. The continuous rise of an Irish revival, debates over Home Rule and the idea of Irish identity were continuously negotiated by all classes of society. In Cork City Reflections, authors Kieran McCarthy and Daniel Breen focus on the visual changes that have taken place in the port city on Ireland's south-west coast. Using a collection of historic postcards from Cork Public Museum and merging these with modern images they reveal how the town has changed over the decades. Each of the 180 pictures featured combines a recent colour view with the matching sepia archive scene. The authors have grouped the images under thematic headings such as main streets, public buildings, transport, and industry. Readers will be able to appreciate how Cork City has evolved and grown over the last century but also how invaluable postcards can be in understanding the past. In an age where digital photography and the internet have made capturing and sharing images so effortless, it is easy to forget that in the decades before the camera became popular and affordable, postcards were the only photographic souvenirs available to ordinary people. This book, which vividly contrasts Cork past and present, will evoke many memories and appeal to residents and visitors alike.
About the Author: For over twenty years, Kieran has actively promoted Cork's heritage with its various communities and people. He has led and continues to lead successful heritage initiatives through his community talks, City and County school heritage programmes, walking tours, newspaper articles, books and his work through his heritage consultancy business. For the past 16 years, Kieran has written a local heritage column in the Cork Independent on the history, geography and its intersection of modern day life in communities in Cork City and County. He is the author of fourteen books local history books. In June 2009 and May 2014, Kieran was elected as a local government councillor (Independent) to Cork City Council. More on Kieran's work can be seen at www.corkheritage.ie and www.kieranmccarthy.ie. Daniel Breen was born and bred in a town called Ballincollig (about 6 miles outside Cork City). He received an honours degree in History and Archaeology from University College Cork in 2001 and was awarded a Masters in European Historical Archaeology from the University of Sheffield in 2002. Since then, he has worked in Cork Public Museum, rising to the position of Assistant Curator. Much of his life is given to help catalogue, research and understand Cork's varied and rich heritage while also educating the public about this often forgotten past.
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