Frank Coughlan: How one man shone a light on Ireland in the 1950s to make it look picture-perfect

One of John Hinde's postcard images from the middle of the last century

Frank Coughlan

Our second-hand impressions of post-war Ireland are of a grey and drizzly place where nothing much happened. When something did, it most likely rained – or the parish priest warned it was probably an occasion of sin.