Our new pho­to­graphic se­ries brings Cork’s past to life

Irish Examiner - County - - Front Page - By Denise O’Donoghue

How has your town and county changed over the years?

A pho­to­graphic project will help you find out by recre­at­ing his­tor­i­cal images from the

Ir­ish Ex­am­iner ar­chives.

In a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the and the Evening Ir­ish Echo Ex­am­iner

staff pho­tog­ra­phers, Larry Cum­mins and Ed­die O’Hare re­turned to the lo­ca­tions and cap­tured a mod­ern-day shot of the same view as part of the Now & Then project.

These have been blended with the archive images to cre­ate a stun­ning visual rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the changes the towns have un­der­gone in re­cent decades.

Other images can be com­pared with their mod­ern equiv­a­lent with the use of a slider tool.

“We started work­ing on the project back in Au­gust last year,” said Jim Cough­lan, Visual Me­dia Man­ager with the

and Ir­ish Echo. Ex­am­iner Evening

“We are a Cork-based news­pa­per so a lot of our older pho­tos are, un­sur­pris­ingly, of Cork. Lots of the pho­tos we are us­ing have never seen the light of day, so this is the first time they will be made pub­lic.”

The Now & Then project in­cludes al­most 60 pho­tographs from towns around Cork, with an av­er­age of six pho­tos from each area. The towns in­cluded are Ban­don, Cobh, Fer­moy, Youghal, Mi­dle­ton, Mac­room, Kin­sale, and Cork city.

There are plans to ex­pand into other lo­cal­i­ties around Cork soon.

“New lo­ca­tions will be added to the site in the com­ing months, in­clud­ing Clon­akilty, Sk­ib­bereen, Bantry and Crosshaven,” said Mr Cough­lan.

The web­site went live last week and it is fully op­ti­mised for all de­vices.

Pho­tos can be viewed at projects.irishex­am­iner.com/NOWANDTHEN or by vis­it­ing the Ir­ish Ex­am­iner and Evening Echo web­sites.

Now and Then: South Main Street in Ban­don, Co Cork, in July 1932 merges with the Bnadon of to­day (left and be­low left).

A pho­to­graph taken from the on­line Ir­ish Ex­am­iner/Evening Echo joint on­line Now & Then project show­ing an orig­i­nal archive pho­to­graph (left) mixed to­gether with a pho­to­graph taken at the same lo­ca­tion to­day : The orig­i­nal pho­to­graph of Cas­tle Bernard, Ban­don, Co Cork was taken in 1929

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