Tuesday 12 December 2017

How our town has changed!

David Tucker

WELL-KNOWN librarian and local historian Jarlath Glynn has tapped into Wexford town's rich history in his new book 'Wexford Then and Now', which will be launched at Greenacres on Thursday.

With colour photos by Padraig Grant, Jarlath, pictured, explores the town's more 'recent' history, dating back to around 1900, through archive images and contemporary modern colour photographs providing a contrast of the then and the now.

It works extremely well. In some cases it shows just how much the town has changed in the past 100 years or so. Crescent Quay is a good example.

In others it shows how little time has changed the town. The streetscape in South Main Street has changed little and the Valottin Monument and Wygram Place at the top of Hill Street appear stuck in time, albeit with cars instead of a donkey on the road.

This book will be of interest to all who know the town as well as providing a record of the changing face of Wexford.

Jarlath Glynn has had a life-long interest in the history of his native town and county. A member of Wexford Historical Society since the early 1980s, he has served it in various roles and is currently president of the society.

Pádraig Grant is an internationally exhibited and award-winning photographer.

The book costs €16.99 and will be available in local bookshops from Friday morning.

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