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Never Before Seen in Ireland

Irish Circus Handbills: A Visual History

by Mícheál Ó hAodha Author · Tony McCarthy Author


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Examples of circus handbills from John McCarthy's unique collection of Irish circus memorabilia. These "handbills" hark back to the era before "spin" was invented, when the handbills and the "advance men" marketed and sold the upcoming circus with these glorious posters and handbills. They "told the tale" with great hyperbole and swagger. These posters record for posterity a world that was disappearing and being renewed at the same time. These haunting images bring back the sadness, the joy and the laughter all over again.

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Mícheál Ó hAodha (Author)

Dr. Mícheál Ó hAodha is a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of History, University of Limerick Ireland. He has written and edited more than 100 books in both Irish and English, mainly as relating to the history of migration and the Irish diaspor...

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Tony McCarthy (Author)

Tony McCarthy is a circus historian and enthusiast. His lifelong interest in circus was initially sparked by the childhood visits to his family home of both Teddy Fossett and Tom Duffy when their circuses visited Limerick. Tony would listen fascin...

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Never Before Seen in Ireland
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