The Big Top : A Photo-Montage from Ireland's Hidden Past [NOOK Book]

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The photos in this book are representative of an Ireland that has yet to be fully “re-claimed” or even acknowledged. They depict the Ireland of the pre-war era for the most part. Unlike the fragmented culture of today, this Ireland of the circus and the show was a binding force that brought young and old together and traversed the generations. The circus people depicted in these photos were part of a range of cultural groups that travelled the length and breadth of Ireland and much further beyond our shores. ...

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The Big Top : A Photo-Montage from Ireland's Hidden Past

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Overview

The photos in this book are representative of an Ireland that has yet to be fully “re-claimed” or even acknowledged. They depict the Ireland of the pre-war era for the most part. Unlike the fragmented culture of today, this Ireland of the circus and the show was a binding force that brought young and old together and traversed the generations. The circus people depicted in these photos were part of a range of cultural groups that travelled the length and breadth of Ireland and much further beyond our shores. Through these haunting black-and- white images, we can still time for a moment and re-captured what could have been lost forever as the circus moved between one place and the next, between the past and the future.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781782373377
  • Publisher: Original Writing
  • Publication date: 7/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 47
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Dr. Mícheál Ó hAodha is a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of History, University of Limerick Ireland. He has written and edited more than 100 books in both Irish and English, mainly as relating to the history of migration and the Irish diaspora. Two recent books are Thar Toinn (Across the Water) Dublin: Coiscéim, (2013), an anthology of short stories set amongst the Irish diaspora and as written by Ireland’s leading short story writers in Irish and “The Silent People?” : New Perspectives on the Irish Abroad (with Máirtín Ó Catháin, University of Central Lancashire, UK); London: Rowman and Littlefield (2013). He is a regular contributor to the Irish-language sections of The Irish Times.

Tony McCarthy is a circus historian and enthusiast. His lifelong interest in circus was initially sparked by the childhood visits to his family home of both Teddy Fossett and Tom Duffy when their circuses visited Limerick. Tony would listen fascinated as these great Irish circus aristocrats reminisce in the company of Tony’s late father, Patrick about the circuses that had performed in Cappamore, County Limerick over the years and the famous artistes who had frequented McCarthy’s Circus Bar in the village. Tony has wonderful memories of the build-up on the Fairgreen in Cappamore and the hosting of the Big Top alongside so many other excited and happy children. While still in his early-twenties Tony travelled during the summer with Fossetts Circus and his good friends Paddy and Mary Brennan. He hopes that this book conjures up memories of those most halcyon of days.

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