Faces and Places - Clonmel 1955 - 60

My book "FACES & PLACES - Clonmel 1955 - '60" came about when I realised that thousands of photographs which I had taken during those years would now be worth compiling into book form as a record of what life was like in an Irish town more than 40 years ago. The management of The Nationalist Newspaper Co. in Clonmel readily granted me access to my original negatives. Faces and Places book cover
While the vast majority of the photographs in the book contain thousands of Clonmel faces of that era, there are some of more general interest, like for instance my picture of the two greatest hurlers Ireland has ever produced - the legendary Cork hurler Christy Ring and the equally famous Limerick hurler Mick Mackey. This is the only photograph ever taken of them together. I took it in the Limerick Sportsgrounds in 1957 when Ring was leaving the field injured and had words with Mackey who was an umpire. Christy Ring and Mick Mackey
Also of interest to Gaelic Games fans is this one in Croke Park, Dublin in 1957 before the present Hogan Stand was built. Note also the advances in the Press photographers' cameras in the intervening years. The press at Croke Park
My picture of filmstar Gene Kelly was taken during his holiday in Ireland around that period. No, this was not the footwear he wore during his famous "Singin' in the rain" dance routine! Gene Kelly
Another famous showbusiness person included is comedian Jimmy O'Dea (star of "Finian's Rainbow") seen on the stage of the Collins Hall, Clonmel with Dance Band leader Mick Delahunty and the Mayor of Clonmel Jim Taylor. This Collins Hall was of course named after General Michael Collins, the subject of my other book "Michael Collins - The Final Days". Jimmy O'Dea
The election rallies in the late 1950s were very different from the present day. Here Eamonn deValera, who fought against Michael Collins in the Irish Civil War encourages the voters to vote for his Fianna Fail party in an upcoming Irish general election. Eamonn deValera
The marriage of Princess Margaret, (sister of Queen Elizabeth), to Lord Snowdon resulted in my picture at Shannon Airport when the newly-weds arrived to spend a second honeymoon with Lord Snowdon's relations in Birr Castle. This was the moment when the first member of the British Royal family set foot on Irish soil since the foundation of the Irish Free State. Royals arrive at Shannon
Later as a TV cameraman with RTE I had this view of the arrival of President John F. Kennedy at Dublin Airport for his historic visit to his ancestral home. Kennedys disembark at Dublin
I would welcome your comments. Contact the author Justin Nelson at jnelson@iol.ie