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Thurles: A Photographic Journey

Tipperary Studies is delighted to present an additional collection of images offering a glimpse into 20th century life in Thurles, Co. Tipperary. This photographic collection was generously loaned for digitization by Paddy Loughnane, a native of Thurles. It includes photographs gathered from friends and family depicting the people and places of Thurles, with a particular focus on the Mitchel Street area.

The images in this collection span five decades, from the 1930s to the 1980s. As such, they document not only the distinctive buildings and streets of Thurles, but also the changing fashions and faces of its inhabitants over a fifty-year period. It’s fascinating to observe the shifts in styles of dress, cars, shop fronts, and advertising signs over the course of the mid-20th century.

At the same time, despite these changes, the continuity of community comes through clearly in these local scenes of social gatherings, commerce, religious and civic events. We see the places and spaces where the people of Thurles lived, worked, worshipped, and played. There is a palpable sense of neighbourliness and belonging in these decades-old photographs that still resonates today.

Take a few moments to step back in time to an earlier Thurles. This collection offers a charming glimpse of the recent history of an Irish market town that has deep roots and a strong sense of pride and place.

Visit our digital archive, where the past of Tipperary is just a click away, waiting to be rediscovered and celebrated by all. To contribute your own piece of history to our archive, please get in touch with Tipperary Studies.


Let us continue to weave the tapestry of our past, for it is the foundation upon which our present and future are built.

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