Beautiful Vintage Snapshots of Ireland in the ‘60s

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The sixties was known as a period when social, cultural and political changes were increasingly challenged around the world. Ireland, with a long history of emigration, a great rural base and a protected economy, however, rarely had any chance to experience the economic miracles occurred in many other post-war societies. Things shifted in the early sixties nonetheless, when the governments began to pay particular attention to economic growth and planning, thus paving the way for a national project including opening up the economy, courting foreign capital and applying for membership of the European Economic Community.

O’Connell Street, Dublin, 1963. (Richard Tilbrook)

From Dublin to Kildare and Galway, these terrific vintage snapshots transport us back to a vibrant Ireland in the ‘60s. More amazing collections could be found at the National Library of Ireland.

Capel Street, Dublin, 1960.

Clifden, Co. Galway, 1960.

A fishing trawler returning to Skerries, Co. Dublin with a full catch, circa 1960.

A man taking a breather in the Signal Cabin, Albert Quay in Cork city, 1961.

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