STARS AND SOULS
OF THE LIFFEY
A record of a city and the people who live in it. An invitation to a staredown. An unfiltered portrait of childhood and adolescence on its own terms.
– from the foreword by Rónán Hession
For 11 years Barry Delaney documented life in inner city Dublin as it went through many changes, boom to bust to boom.
“Much has changed in communities like St. Teresa’s Gardens and Sheriff Street, but the people remain its very soul, and I was lucky they allowed me in to document their lives in such a rapidly changing environment.” Barry Delaney
The book coincides with the exhibition Stars and Souls of the Liffey, Dublin 2006–2016 at the GPO, Dublin, October 2019.
The book and exhibition are generously supported by An Post and the Museum of Childhood.
Inspired by the colour, energy and DIY attitude of punk, Barry fled the grey Dublin of the early 1980s to travel the world, and fell in love with film photography. After years of eking out a living doing various manual and technical jobs, he began taking pictures again on the streets of Dublin, his home town. In 2008, he won the TG4 Irish photographer of the 21st Century. Barry has had 5 solo exhibitions in Dublin, including his photo essay of life in modern America – Americans Anonymous.
Author: Barry Delaney
Foreword: Rónán Hession
Format: Hardback, 263 x 246mm, landscape, 170gsm paper
Extent: 48 pages with 32 photographs
Edition: 500 copies
Published: October 2019
Design: Niall McCormack
Sponsors: Museum of Childhood Ireland and An Post