Old Ireland in Colour


John Breslin & Sarah-Anne Buckley

October 2020

Old Ireland in Colour brings to life the rich history of Ireland and the Irish through the colour restoration of these stunning images of all walks of Irish life throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Winner of Best Irish-Published Book of the Year, An Post Irish Book Awards, 2020


Publishing in North America on 11 June 2021. Pre-order here



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Old Ireland in Colour celebrates the rich history of Ireland and the Irish through the colour restoration of stunning images of all walks of Irish life, and the Irish abroad, throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From the chaos of the Civil War to the simple beauty of the islands, each image has been exquisitely transformed and every page is bursting with life.

Using a combination of cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology and his own historical research, John Breslin has meticulously colourised these pictures with breathtaking attention to detail and authenticity. With over 170 photographs from all four provinces, and accompanied by fascinating captions by historian Sarah-Anne Buckley, Old Ireland in Colour revitalises scenes we thought we knew, and brings our past back to life before our eyes.


  1. The Irish Revolution
  2. Society and Culture
  3. Women and Children
  4. The Irish Abroad
  5. Scenic Ireland

Praise for Old Ireland in Colour

The Daily Mail

The Irish News

The Irish Examiner

‘Incredibly poignant, beautiful photographs of Old Ireland, given a modern twist.’
Irish Independent

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: John Breslin is a Professor at NUI Galway, where he has taught engineering, computer science and entrepreneurship over a twenty-year period. He has written over 200 publications and co-authored two books. He is co-founder of boards.ie, adverts.ie, and the PorterShed. Sarah-Anne Buckley is a lecturer in History at NUI Galway and President of the Women’s History Association of Ireland. She has published two monographs, four edited volumes and numerous articles. She is co-founder of the Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class and Senior Research Fellow in the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre.

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