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Daughter 'delighted' to find photo of dad at show

Barry Duggan

Published 26/11/2012 | 05:00

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AN exhibition of striking images from the 1970s has provided a family with a precious photograph of a relative who has since died.

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Gerry Andrews's old black and white images displayed how harsh life was more than 30 years ago.

But more importantly, it provided Mary Hourigan, who lives in Cappamore, Co Limerick, with a rare photograph of her father, Paddy Dunne.

Mr Dunne from Ballybricken, Co Limerick, was photographed by Gerry Andrews at Limerick's milk market.

Paddy died aged 80 in 1984 and his daughter said she was "absolutely delighted" to come across the photograph.

"I was amazed when I saw it," she said.

"Gerry really captured how he looked – he had a face of wrinkles.

"I had a picture taken of the two of us on my wedding day, but I never knew this photograph of him existed," she said.

Mr Andrews said he had been contacted by several families who were delighted to view the first-ever photograph of a loved one who has since died.

"It was very emotional for a lot of people," he said.

"Some of them are the only images they have of those people so I am delighted they now have them for their own families," Mr Andrews said.

He said the current recession was nothing compared to life endured in 1970s' Limerick.

"I suggest to anyone who thinks we have it tough these times to look at these images – they will go a long way before they will see such hardship."

Irish Independent

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