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It will include previously unpublished photographs of Carlow.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.
Great News - A 2nd volume of, Old Carlow Photos the Book due for publication.
Update posted on Wednesday 21st September '16 @ 10:09:42
Two years on from the publication of the first book of Old Carlow Photos we are pleased to announce the publication and exhibition of a 2nd volume of photographs. With over 5,500 members in the group the interest is truly phenomenal and humbling. We have no doubt that people will thoroughly enjoy volume 2. As before, we will embark on a fundit project to minimize the cost of the printing for the exhibition and to help defray the cost of the book publication.
Update posted on Sunday 9th November '14 @ 03:11:16
My sincere thanks to all who made this project work, we over ran our target well inside the deadline date which was tremendous. We are scheduled to launch our book Nov 20th 2014 7pm at the Cathedral Parish Centre, there will also be a photographic exhibition in situ over the weekend. So once again mile buíochas le gach daoine.
Update posted on Saturday 13th September '14 @ 10:09:24
Just a quick update, almost complete with the first 12 chapters of the book, it goes for it's 1st deep proof read this week. Had a meeting with printers last Fri and everything set up with dates finalized. Funding is coming on, would love to reach the target before the deadline, it only take a minute to do and there are some nice rewards for those that do. Had a spot on the Sue Nunn show KCLR last Fr and amazed at the reaction to the idea of the book coming out. Thanks to everybody who has supported the project thus far.