Lost Ireland 1860–1960
Author: William Derham studied architecture at the Dublin Institute of Technology, and building repair & conservation at Trinity College Dublin. For the last eight years he has worked at Dublin Castle as a guide and curator. He is the joint editor of "The Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle: An Architectural History," and co-curator of the accompanying exhibition, Pinnacles, Pomp and Piety: 200 years of the Chapel Royal at Dublin Castle.
Publisher/Date: UK: Hyde Park Editions (c. 2016) First Edition. NAP
Format/Condition: New large green cloth hardcover book with dust jacket in Fine condition. 400 pages, index; 9.8 x 11.7 x 1.55 inches. Profusely illustrated in black-and-white
Description: Lost Ireland: 1860–1960 presents a panoramic sweep of Ireland's forgotten built heritage. From war and insurrection, to prosperity and development, the sweeping changes wrought by history have revised much of Ireland's landscape; a whole swath of the country's built past no longer survives, save through the magic of the camera lens.
Drawing on a variety of photographic archives, this oversized album presents a wide sample of what was lost to these changes: the humble mud huts of the transient laborer, and the ‘thatched mansions' of the prosperous farmer; the edifices of industrial innovation and technology; the grand homes of the well-to-do, including the infamous ‘big house’. Here too are buildings that have survived yet are themselves changed, like the Old Gaol at Roscommon, which has variously been a prison, an asylum, a market, and most lately an apartment and shopping center.
Organized by county, Lost Ireland reveals a layer of Irish history which is both fascinating and nostalgic, not just in its ‘bricks and mortar' but also in the events and the people who inhabited those settings. This book transports the reader back in time with more than 500 evocative photographs of Ireland from Cork to Antrim.