Thankfully, my The Pillar: The Life and Afterlife of the Nelson Pillar was recently released, it should be sitting on the shelves in all good bookshops at the moment. One of my favourite aspects of the book is the fact it is loaded with new photographs that haven’t been put into print before, many of the taken by Pól Ó Duibhir, who I first came into contact with some years ago thanks to the blog.
I thought I’d post a few of Pól’s images on here today to mark the fact we have settled a launch date for the book, which is July 7th in Hodges Figgis at 6.30pm.
A personal favourite image is this one below, showing the souvenir hunters who onto descended O’Connell Street, taking anything they could from the once imposing monument.
The image below as used for the cover of the book, and it shows the remains of Francis Johnston’s Pillar from the vantage point of Francis Johnston’s (rebuilt) GPO. As Pól has noted “the photograph shows that thanks to its perspective, the GPO column appears to dominate that of Nelson for the first time ever. It was to be a temporary little arrangement however as Nelson’s Pillar was destined to soon bite the dust.”
These are only a small selection of Pól’s images, and I am indebted to him for contributing them. There are plenty more inside the book.