Our photo series brings the past to life in Midleton
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 Irish Examiner and the Evening Echo 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
Irish Examiner and Evening Echo.
“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.”
The Now & Then project in- cludes 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.
“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.
The Now & Then project includes almost 60 photographs from towns around Cork, with an average of six photos from each area
Town Hall, Main Street, Midleton in July, 1967.
The Town Hall and main street in 2017.