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The Big Top

A Photo-Montage from Ireland's Hidden Past

by Mícheál Ó hAodha Author · Tony McCarthy Author


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The photos in this book are representative of an Ireland that has yet to be fully "re-claimed" or even acknowledged. They depict the Ireland of the pre-war era for the most part. Unlike the fragmented culture of today, this Ireland of the circus and the show was a binding force that brought young and old together and traversed the generations. The circus people depicted in these photos were part of a range of cultural groups that travelled the length and breadth of Ireland and much further beyond our shores. Through these haunting black-and- white images, we can still time for a moment and re-captured what could have been lost forever as the circus moved between one place and the next, between the past and the future.

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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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