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Old 6th December 2023, 05:42 PM
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I have a wonderful book of photographs by Richard Fitzgerald, called "Vanishing Ireland" , published in 1989. I see that there is another book now out, on the same subject, called Dark Ireland -photographs by Richard Fitzgerald. I would like to buy this but am wondering if it is a new edition of the older book. Or if maybe a lot of the photographs in the older book are also in the new one.
Can anyone who has seen both books help?

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Old 6th December 2023, 07:27 PM
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Alan, Richard Fitzgerald has his own website; and this page from it suggests that the books are different. Unfortunately Currach Press no longer exists; but abebooks.com lists new copies from Kenny's in Galway (don't go to the US Kenny's).
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Old 6th December 2023, 07:45 PM
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Thanks for your response Michael. I looked at Richard's website. I also looked at some reviews of Dark Ireland and they contained some photographs which are in Vanishing Ireland. But it does seem that Richard Fitzgerald continued to photograph in the west of Ireland after Vanishing Ireland was published in 1989. And as the photographs he came up with were quite superb, I think I'll just buy the second book anyway.
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Old 6th December 2023, 09:16 PM
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Alan, I was on honeymoon in Mayo in 1968 (we've been several times since, as my father in law was from the Mullet and was a native Irish speaker). I'm tempted by both books; but I'd better share the images cautiously with my wife in case we both end up in tears.
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Old 7th December 2023, 04:29 PM
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Michael, I used to go to the West of Ireland for the fishing, in the 1960s: great times. So the photographs evoke memories for me too. But what I really like about Richard Fitzgerald's photographs is that they are full of humanity.
I have ordered "Dark Ireland".

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Old 8th December 2023, 11:29 AM
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I have the Dark Ireland book, and am very glad to have it. There are some super images. Some of the interior photos look rather staged - perhaps there was no other way to get them other than to enlist the help of the subjects. Thereís also a noticeable technical change from beginning to end of the book, with the later photos less atmospheric.

If you like photos of bygone Ireland, have you seen the Kennelly archive?
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Old 8th December 2023, 11:39 AM
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There's a very obviously staged confession in the website's gallery; but I suppose that it's a fair representation. My wife recalls family rosaries in her uncle's house in the Glens of Antrim in the '50s, with herself, sisters and cousins taking part from all over the house, her uncle or aunt leading. There's another photograph in the gallery that reminds you of that. They're wonderful photographs.
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Jonathan and Michael - thanks for your responses. Dark Ireland has just been delivered. But it's a Christmas present so I won't be able to post anything about it until after the 25th.
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Iím glad this book was mentioned. Iíve ordered a copy as a present for a close friend.
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Old 27th December 2023, 05:14 PM
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I'm really pleased I asked for "Dark Ireland" for Christmas. It's an excellent book. Superb photographs.
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