Following on from the success of his first book, ‘The Light of Other Days’ former ‘Nationalist’ staff photographer Donal Wylde has produced another volume entitled ‘The Times and The Joys’ Images of Clonmel and Tipperary South Riding.
The photographs, Twentieth century memories of the Sixties and Seventies, remind us of what Ireland was like before our accession to the E.E.C. how we lived, worked, played and prayed.
A book of old photographs is a monument to those who went before us, to the lives they lived and the work they did and all the things they tried their best to do for the general good.
Old photographs generate memories. They bring back moments of pleasure and sadness, of fear, and wonder. They trigger sensations and experiences we have almost forgotten. They show life as it was through the seasons; the time of day in streets and buildings by sunlight and shade.
From this distance, looking back on the Sixties and Seventies, as a way of life it appears decent and upright, and so much safer. Even then, our elders were always telling us to be more respectful of others. And now they say, “You could leave your door on the latch instead of like now, bolted and barred.” Donal Wylde’s photographs bring back that era.
Running in conjunction with Treasures of Carrick on Suir, gold coin hoard display, an exhibition entitled ‘The Times and the Joys’ Images of Clonmel and Tipperary South Riding, is now open at the Tipperary County Museum, Clonmel. Donal Wylde’s new book will be available in local bookshops soon.