Lost Ireland

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'Lost Ireland' showcases a fascinating variety of places that time, progress and fashion have swept aside - from the vanished linen factories and shipyards of the North's industrial heartland, to large country houses and the statues and monuments associated with the British Empire that were blown up in dramatic fashion. Orla Fitzpatrick takes the reader to visit fanciful buildings and trends embraced by the country's architects including the Moorish Baths in Bray, French style conveniences in Dublin, a Norwegian hotel in Donegal, the film set of Ryan's Daughter and the Ballybunnion Monorailway. She includes buildings lost in the struggle for independence and the Civil War, and pubs, racecourses, vast mills, railways, theatres and communities that have contributed to the country's heritage. Her subjects include The Dublin Bread Company, Moydrum Castle, The Claddagh, Slievemore, the Irish Grand Prix, Liberty Hall, St Kevin's Asylum, Clerys, the Metropole Hotel, Fitzwilliam St Lower, York St Spinning Mill, the Phoenix Park Racecourse, the original Four Courts and Public Records Office, Vandeleur Estate Evictions, Poulaphouca Resevoir, Michelstown Castle, the Portrush Hotel, Martello Towers, the Dublin Cattle Market, New Tipperary Arcade, Theatre Royal Dublin and Great Blasket Island. Orla holds a PhD in photographic History from the Belfast School of Art, Ulster University, and studied History of Design and Material Culture at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin (NCAD). She was born and lives in Dublin where she teaches history of photography and visual culture at NCAD and is the librarian for the National Museum of Ireland. This book would make a fascinating gift for that special person or indeed an interesting addition to your own library.