Twenty-one years after the acclaimed Vanishing Ireland project began, author Turtle Bunbury and photographer James Fennell are bringing the project to the podcast generation.
Featuring the life stories, challenges, courage, kindness and humour of Ireland's elders, during Vanishing Ireland, The Podcast Series, Turtle seeks to document the, very often, extraordinary lives of our older population, as James takes portrait photographs, both saving and celebrating these voices and faces for future generations.
Speaking about the Vanishing Ireland Series, Turtle says: “Twenty-one years ago, James Fennell and I teamed up to create what became the first Vanishing Ireland book. We had realised how important it was to chronicle the experience of our older generations, so many of whose fascinating lives were literally vanishing, unrecorded. Introducing the voices of Vanishing Ireland to the podcast generation is an entirely new departure for our elders but is deeply exciting and very much in keeping our aims. It is my great hope that listening to these interviews - the wisdom, the humour, the memories - will enhance the way we live our own lives."
The mission of Vanishing Ireland has always been to preserve the stories of the older generations, bringing to life the world that our grandparents knew in a manner that appeals to a 21st century audience. The hope is for Vanishing Ireland, Kindly supported by SuperValu to inspire children and grandchildren to listen to the stories of their own parents and grandparents, as well as older friends and neighbours, creating a record of memories for future generations.