A fledgling nation brought to life in stunning colour.

A Nation Is Born celebrates a formative period in the history of the Irish state: the fifteen years during which we emerged from the rubble of wars and violence and set up as a fledgling country while establishing a diplomatic presence on the world stage.

The photos presented here have been painstakingly hand-colourised by photographer John O’Byrne, infusing energy into this often-overlooked time: the election of the country’s first governments; the mammoth Shannon hydroelectric scheme; a stunning Eucharistic Congress; scenes of cottage industry and rural Irish life; and ending with the uncertain rumblings of war in Europe.

Michael B. Barry is a historian and author of critically acclaimed books, and John O’Byrne is a professional photographer and colouriser. Their first collaboration, The Irish Civil War in Colour, was a bestseller and nominated for Best Irish-Published Book of the Year at the 2022 An Post Irish Book Awards

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ISBN 9780717198511
Author Michael B. Barry and John O’Byrne
Publisher Gill Books
Publication date 21 Sep 2023
Format Hardback
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A Nation Is Born: Ireland in Colour 1923–1938 (Hardback)

Michael B. Barry and John O’Byrne

With over 150 photographs gathered from archives around the country, accompanied by insightful and accessible commentary, A Nation Is Born brings a fresh perspective on our history and our past to life in a compellingly real way.


SHORTLISTED IRISH BOOK AWARDS 2023 - Best Irish-Published Book of the Year

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