My name is Dermot O'Brien and have a passion for photography and a love of local history. My camera is my constant companion. Whilst clearing out my attic last summer I came across 100's of negatives and boxes of photos mainly from the 80's and wondered what to do with them.
There were local people in these photos who I realized had never seen them, I also had a wide range of photos recording the changing streetscapes of Carlow.
After much thought I decided to use Facebook as a way to share these. I set up the Old Carlow Photos group, uploaded my photos and invited people to add theirs. I am amazed at the success of the project, older people are revisiting their youth and younger people are gaining an invaluable insight into the lives of their parents and grandparents.
This photographic book documents life in Carlow town pre 1989 with emphasis on people and families. Already in demand, this publication is set to be a 'must have' book for Christmas 2014 and is set to become an important part of social history. There will be a major photographic exhibition in conjunction with the launch of the book.
These photographs have brought many people together sharing their memories not alone here in Carlow but around the world.
It will include previously unpublished photographs of Carlow. The funding that comes from Fund it will be used to cover the expense of the publishing the book, it will hopefully help to cover the expenses in organizing the photo exhibition that will accompany the book launch.