This Book provides an intimate History of Galway county through the engaging and unique postcards of the area, Produced primarily in the period between 1890 and 1930.
The postcards range in type from those produced for tourist and promotional purposes to those produced for less sentimental purposes that capture the true-to-life scenes in Galway’s history.
Preference is given to the work of the local photographers of the period, which presents a more representative view of social history than those produced outside the county.
Galway’s rich and varied heritage in areas such as engineering, architecture, infrastructure, industry and education is highlighted in the postcards and explored through the text.
Scenes from all over the country are included from historic sites like Dun Guaire Castle, Tuam Cross and Ross Abbey to popular tourist sites such as Kylemore Abbey, Clifden and the Aran Islands.
The evolution of Galway’s infrastructure can be mapped in the postcards, through the railway age, and on to the motor age and the development of Galway’s many beautiful bridges.
Images of the important industries that built Galway’s economy – such as quarrying, spinning, weaving, and the production of flax and linen – are displayed, along with a range of vibrant fair and market scenes, highlighting the cohabitation of social and economic activities in the Galway tradition. The social history of County Galway is brought to life through intimate and evocative portraits of the ordinary people of the county.
Through the author’s insightful combination of history, local folklore, and rare postcard images the reader gets a unique sense of County Galway, its people, and its history
Paul Duffy is an engineer who has lived and worked in Galway for the past thirty-eight years. He has lectured and published extensively on various aspects of Galway’s heritage and history. He has been a regular contributor to radio and television broadcasts on all manner of topics relating to Irish heritage.
Paul’s postcard collection began by accident in the late 1960s and has steadily grown ever since. At present there are over 3,500 postcards in the collection.