Thirty six large photos from the best-selling 'Vanishing Ireland' series have gone on exhibition in the very heart of Dublin City this summer. Portraying blacksmiths, saddlers, farmers, fishermen and horse dealers, alongside housemaids, lacemakers, publicans and musicians, the exhibition has been attracting considerable attention since it opened last week.
The Irish Independent described the 'Vanishing Ireland' series by historian Turtle Bunbury and photographer James Fennell as 'an invaluable record of times past'. The first three volumes have sold over 63,000 books and a fourth volume will be published in October.
The Vanishing Ireland Project began in 2001 with the aim of chronicling an Ireland that seemed to be disappearing rapidly.
The Irish Georgian Society is hosting the exhibition in their newly refurbished headquarters, the City Assembly House on South William Street, right beside Powerscourt Townhouse.
This handsome 18th century building was actually purpose built as a public exhibition gallery by the former Society of Artists. It is fitting indeed that the Vanishing Ireland exhibition should take place in one of Dublin's long forgotten but once venerable public spaces. The building later became the City Assembly where Dublin's leading citizens, including Daniel O'Connell, met to discuss, rant and rave about the best ways forward for the Irish capital.
The Vanishing Ireland Exhibition which is on at the new Irish Georgian Society HQ in the City Assembly House on South William Street, Dublin, right beside Powerscourt Townhouse. It runs until August 30th 2013, Mon-Sat, 10am - 5pm and entry is free.