‘A Portrait of Connemara’ reviewed in the North County Leader

A Portrait of Connemara is the first publication of the professional photographer Mark Joyce, a native of Connemara. The book which is both professional and personal, can only be called a photographic diary of the life that he has spent there. Being a visitor to Ireland, I could not help but notice that Irish people […]

‘Joyce County’ reviewed in The Irish Times

Terence Killeen This is a very affecting, admirably thorough account of the connections between James Joyce, the Joyce family and Galway. The most obvious and famous one is that Joyce’s wife, Nora Barnacle, came from Galway city, but there are many others: the very prominent place of the city and county in Joyce’s work, his […]

‘Dark Ireland’ reviewed in The Irish Examiner

Dan Buckley In his poem Dark Ireland, Patrick Kavanagh speaks about the Irish as a “dark people, our eyes ever turned inward”. Saying the rosary in Co Waterford, 1991. All of the images have been taken from Richard Fitzgerald’s book Dark Ireland: Images of a Lost World. It was those words of the famous Irish […]

‘Achill: The Island’ reviewed in The Irish Catholic

Peter Costello John F. Deane is that rarity, a modern Irish poet deeply inspired in his poetry by what he calls in his introduction “the wonders of the Christian faith”. He himself was born on Achill Island in 1943, and his childhood was imbued by the lives of the people, the nature of the land, […]

‘Achill: The Island’ reviewed in Mayo News

Ciara Moynihan The dramatic land and seascapes of Achill have long inspired writers and artists of international renown, from Paul Henry to Camille Souter. The island’s ever-changing light, its evocative deserted village, its fast-moving weather, its proud history of struggle and survival, its lore and its lyricism continue to attract those of a creative bent. […]

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