Старая Ирландия в цвете

Old Ireland in color: Fascinating images show life in the 19th and 20th centuries with cattle markets, fishing villages, horse-drawn carts and traveler children

By Tim Stickings For Mailonline

These vivid colourised photos bring to life the history of Ireland in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, showing a world of cattle markets and horse-drawn trucks alongside Traveller children and pioneering women. 

The images offer a glimpse of a time gone by, with horses in the streets, people sitting on mail trucks, and food and livestock changing hands in public squares. 

But they also show Ireland on the brink of change, with one photo showing the founders of a women’s trade union while another shows revolutionary leader Michael Collins greeting a Gaelic football team.  

Colourised by academic lecturer Professor John Breslin, the photos are being published in a new book called Old Ireland In Colour.  

Founding members of the Irish Women Workers' Union (IWWU) pose for a photo outside Dublin's Liberty Hall in 1914. The union was founded in 1911, with early members including Constance Markievicz - who would in 1918 become the first woman ever elected to the UK House of Commons, although as a Sinn Fein abstentionist she never took her seat at Westminster. Women also won the right to vote that year, and maintained it in the new Irish Free State after 1922

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