AUTHOR Turtle Bunbury and photographer James Fennell, the duo behind the successful ‘Vanishing Ireland’ book series, visited Naas to interview characters for a fourth volume which is due to be published in 2013.
Amongst those who recently gathered in Monaghan’s Harbour Hotel to talk with the pair were Michael Kane and Sean Whelan, as well as football guru Jackie Brennan, Noel Sheridan, Brendan Drew, Michael Kane, Joe Waldron, Michael Cronin, Frank Lawler and Kathleen Doyle, daughter of Kildare football legend Jack Higgins.
Memories of Naas in an age of cotton mills, shoe factories, monotypesetters and plug-telephones circulated through the room while James Fennell, of Burtown House & Gardens, outside Ballitore, captured the scene with his camera.
The Vanishing Ireland Project began in 2001 when Turtle and James beegan touring Ireland to chronicle a world that seemed to be disappearing rapidly.
- Paul O’Meara