Now & Then

Our spe­cial photo series brings the past to life in Cobh.

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 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 Now & Then project in­cludes al­most 60 pho­to­graphs from towns around Cork, with an av­er­age of six pho­tos from each area

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

Pho­tos can be viewed at projects.irishex­am­ or by vis­it­ing the Irish Ex­am­iner and Evening Echo web­sites.

Pic­ture: Irish Ex­am­iner archives (ref 40SC)

COBH NOW AND THEN: View from The Cres­cent, Cobh, show­ing con­struc­tion of the spire of St Col­mans Cathe­dral in 1916.

The Cork har­bour town of Cobh taken ear­lier this year from a sim­i­lar van­tage point in The Crescen Cathe­dral in the back­ground for the Now and Then project.

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