In their years travelling the Irish countryside, award-winning photographer James Fennell and author and historian Turtle Bunbury are constantly struck by the importance of friendship and community in the lives of the people they meet.
Here, in Vanishing Ireland: Friendship and Community, they take to the roads of Ireland once again and, through stunning photographs and poignant interviews, bring us the stories, friendships and memories that form the identity of our nation.
From sea-swept Ballinskelligs where the traditions of music and storytelling have passed through generations, to the quiet calm of a group of Cistercian monks, we are reminded of a time when kinship and friendship formed the lifeblood of every community; a time before social media and mobile phones, where communicating with a neighbour meant a chat over a cup of tea, on a country lane or over a garden wall.
Through times of adversity and prosperity, the bonds of community between people - family, friends and neighbours - has remained a vital part of Irish life. Vanishing Ireland: Friendship and Community celebrates these bonds and reminds us of what it means to be Irish.
Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland
Number of pages: 292
Weight: 1238 g
Dimensions: 287 x 235 x 21 mm
A dignified tribute to the older generation who grew up, so it seems, in another world. * The Irish Examiner *
A valuable and beautiful record of an Ireland that is rapidly disappearing...a wonderful book * Metro *
One of the best picture books of the year * Irish Examiner *
Vanishing Ireland is warm, funny, touching, sometimes desperately sad. A genuine treasure ... full of stunning photographs and fascinating profiles. I warmly recommend it to anyone who has ever marvelled at the wisdom and good humour of our elders * The Dubliner *
An absolutely beautiful book * Pat Kenny, Today with Pat Kenny *
Written with sympathy, understanding and gentle humour...containing photographs brimful of character * Sunday Independent *
A triumph * Irish Mirror *
An absolutely beautiful book, the photography is stunning...A book our children will love in years to come * Patricia Scanlan *
A remarkable book of extraordinary lives * The Scotsman *
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