Four Tipp people tell their stories of a vanishing Ireland

Four Tipperary people of mature years feature in a lavish new book in the ‘Vanishing Ireland’ series.

Four Tipperary people of mature years feature in a lavish new book in the ‘Vanishing Ireland’ series.

Author Turtle Bunbury and photographer James Fennell travel the length and breadth of Ireland recording a quickly vanishing part of our country.

Turtle talks to people about what life was like seventy, eighty or ninety years ago and how it has changed for those people today.

As he does, James takes evocative photographs of them in their homes, on their farms or nearby countryside.

The four who appear in the latest book are Ellen (Nellie) Shortall from Fethard, Jack Lonergan who works at Ferryhouse, Clonmel; Willie Sheehan, Clonwalsh, and Joe Hanrahan, Kilsheelan, whose photograph is on the front cover of the book.

They all recount what their lives were like in South Tipperary in the 1920s and 30s and the changes they have seen in the intervening years.

The book was launched in the Hunt Museum in Limerick by former RTE broadcaster Miceal O Muircheartaigh.

He described it as an invaluable record of this country’s history, recounting stories that we are unlikely to hear again.