In 1937, Ernie O'Malley and his wife, Helen Hooker, returned to Ernie's home county and made their home in Newport, Co. Mayo. Helen, a keen photographer, began to compile a fascinating collection of photographs of the people who lived in Mayo, their way of life and the environment that surrounded them, and continued to do so for the next decade. When Helen died in 1993, her son Cormac rediscovered this archive, and the result is this wonderful photographic portrait of a way of life and a landscape that has long since changed beyond recognition. The book is a perfect gift for anyone interested in this history of the west of Ireland, or an Ireland that has disappeared into the mists of time.

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