Ghosts Of The Faithful Departed
NOW IN PAPERBACK! The haunting effect of mass emigration has been documented here in these ghostly images.
It has been estimated that between 1949 and 1989 over 800,000 people were forced to leave Ireland. About half of this outflow occurred during the 1950s, reaching a peak in 1955 when 55,000 left. In the 1956 the population of the country was 2.8 million, the lowest ever recorded and led one author to question 'Are we becoming the Vanishing Irish and would we survive as a race if something wasn't done to stem the outflow? Those who stayed suffered hardship, isolation and social exclusion. Rural communities were decimated by the impact of emigration.
Many of those who stayed during this decade silently watched family members and friends' leave. While visiting their now unoccupied houses, David Creedon felt like an intruder disturbing the spirits that still haunt every room. In some homes it looked as if the last activity was the waking of the dead, the closing of the door and the abandonment of the house. Deceased or faraway relatives simply left the house to the ravages of time. Sometimes the last occupancy could be dated by a newspaper or calendar.
Forsaken and forgotten, the houses acquire new life in these hauntingly evocative photographs, the rich colours within the houses in contrast with the poverty of the times.
|Publisher||The Collins Press|
|Publication date||7 Mar 2012|