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VANISHING IRELAND

FURTHER CHRONICLES OF
A DISAPPEARING WORLD

THE VANISHING IRELAND PROJECT

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THE CARLOW NATIONALIST, 14 October 2009

Capturing the terrible beauty
By William Paterson.

The terrible beauty of vanishing Ireland, in lines of Yeats during the Easter uprising, is being recorded before it disappears forever by a distinguished writer-photographer team – Turtle Bunbury and James Fennell which has led to the launch of their second book on the theme this week in Dublin.

Turtle lives not so very far from Baltinglass with wife Ally and very young daughters Jemima and Bay while James resides in a converted stable close to the border in Kildare with wife Joanna and daughters Bella and Mimi

In their first book, Turtle wrote “The generation who knew Ireland in the 1920s and 1930s is rapidly disappearing. The days of the ‘golden codger’ - as W B Yeats once called them - will soon be at an end. They are dying off, fading out, literally vanishing from the earth

Elsewhere he writes “Rural villages have been smothered in suburbs. Farming is no longer a simple collaboration between man, beast and soil

Their first book on this theme was called ‘Vanishing Ireland’. The second, launched this Wednesday, is titled ‘Vanishing Ireland – Further Chronicles of a Disappearing World’.

Fennell’s ancient Quaker stock comes out clearly in the love of humanity which emerges from every photograph he takes, while Bunbury’s intimate knowledge of Irish country life (he was actually born in Rathvilly) blends his extensive historical studies into a profound text.

Bunbury and Fennell teamed up to produce the memorable coffee-table volume ‘Living in Sri Lanka’ filled with graceful eastern interiors and text.

More recently, they published a book on the fast-disappearing pubs of Ireland under the title of ‘The Irish Pub’ and ‘Vanishing Ireland’ which records the faces and lives of the old Ireland.

Their new volume, 'Vanishing Ireland – Further Chronicles of a Disappearing World’ which was launched in Dublin today, records more of Ireland’s fading rural world.

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