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Spot the difference exactly 50 years on ...

Edel O'Connell

Published 20/06/2011 | 05:00

Grafton Street in
1961
Grafton Street in 1961
How it looks today
College Green in 1961
A photo of the same place now

A SNAPSHOT of how Dublin has changed since the rare auld times is proving a hit with expats.

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Freelance photographer Paul Walsh (39) has recaptured images taken 50 years ago by an American visitor to demonstrate how the capital has evolved.

"I came across a series of photographs of Dublin taken by American tourist Charles Cushman in 1961," said Mr Walsh.

"I found the original images really interesting historically, so decided to recreate them exactly 50 years to the day from when the images were taken on June 8, 1961.

"Reproducing the images was no easy feat as most of them were taken from the middle of the road . . ."

Mr Walsh, who took in the region of 500 shots for the project, said one of the major things he noticed was how much greener the city was now.

"There seems to be a lot more trees now and a lot more pedestrian spaces, the

city seems a lot more progressive that way," he said.

"Most of the buildings are still the same and it was interesting to notice old pubs like The Long Hall looked exactly the same back then," he said.

The internet exhibition is at www.photography.paul-walsh.net/landscape/ Cushman

All images courtesy of the Cushman Collection

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