By Mark McConville
THE TRADITIONAL Irish lifestyle of the 1950s to 1970s has been remembered in a series of colour images.
The stunning pictures show Garda directing traffic on O’Connell Street in Dublin in 1963, horse drawn carriages parked in front of the Dublin Airport bus on Store Street in Dublin in 1961 and a fishing trawler returning to Skerries in 1960.
Other striking shots show a group of men during a Corpus Christi procession in Cahir, Co. Tipperary in 1963, men dressed in working gear enjoying pints of stout in Patrick Sullivan’s bar in 1963 and a horse drawn plough in the Ring of Kerry in the same year.
The decade of the 1960s was characterised by a worldwide economic boom, the rise of the population after the war, ‘the Baby Boom’, and the emergence of Civil Rights movements. Student movements came to prominence around the world, culminating in the events of 1968.
Ireland also benefited from the economic boom and developing economy as policies of protectionism were abandoned and the country was opened up to international trade and industry. RTÉ television began on the last day of 1961. The 1960s saw the end of censorship in Ireland, and the provision of free post-primary education.
The Civil Rights movement began in Northern Ireland, and the start of the ‘troubles’, which continued to the end of the century.