The Colour of Ireland


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Covering all 32 counties, this new edition of the Top 10 bestseller The Colour of Ireland shares close to 200 beautiful photos bringing the people and places of bygone eras to life in incredible and vibrant detail. Painstakingly researched, this fascinating book is presented in an all-new format, providing a unique social account of Ireland, bringing history to life in a level of detail never seen before.

The Colour of Ireland: County by County 1860-1960 is a photographic celebration of the history, culture, people and places that make up a century of life in Ireland. Covering all 32 counties, this beautiful, meticulously researched collection takes a past only ever viewed before in black and white and - in glorious colour - breathes fresh energy and emotion into it.

With close to 200 colourised photographs set alongside their black and white counterparts, here is a world seen for the first time: a treasure trove to fire the imagination and reignite our connection to the past as it was actually lived.

From the thatched cottages of Meath to the libraries of Trinity College, from 1920s sunseekers in Dun Laoghaire to women spinning and carding wool in County Mayo, all of Ireland is vividly brought to life. Along with key moments from the Irish War of Independence and the turbulent history of the 32 counties, these images capture rural landscapes, villages, towns and cities. Endlessly, uniquely fascinating, The Colour of Ireland offers a wealth of perspectives on the bygone ages of an ever-changing land.

Product Details

Published: 30 March 2023
Format: 185x145mm, hardback
Extent: 288 pages
ISBN: 9781785304606

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Rob Cross is originally from Limerick City in Ireland. He has a professional background in the field of architecture and digital technology. After graduating from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University, he moved to Dublin City where he works for an award-winning architectural practice.

Rob has a great passion for Irish history, especially the preservation of its architectural heritage and culture. In his Bringing Ireland’s History to Life project, Rob faithfully restores and colourises historical photos for future generations to enjoy. What began as a hobby is now captured here in this book. The project also has an international fanbase on Twitter, including oliticians, academics, actors and film directors.


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"Incredible journey throughout Ireland."
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