New Journal photos book focuses on 1970s

The Derry Journal's Sean McLaughlin is the man behind the new compilation of photographs from the 1970s. DER4514MC004
The Derry Journal's Sean McLaughlin is the man behind the new compilation of photographs from the 1970s. DER4514MC004
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The eagerly-awaited third volume of old photographs from the archives of the ‘Derry Journal’ will go on sale soon.

‘Derry Journal: The 1970s - A Decade in Focus’ is due to hit the shelves towards the end of this month - just in time for the Christmas rush.

As with its best-selling predecessors - ‘Derry Journal: The Lost Archives I and II’ - the new book is jam-packed full of images that will appeal to those who love Derry and its past.

Published in conjunction with Guildhall Press, the new book contains many images that have never been seen before.

The man behind the book is ‘Journal’ reporter Sean McLaughlin who believes the new book is as close to a time-travelling virtual-reality tour of Derry in the 1970s as you could hope for.

“The story of Derry in the 1970s really is ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, says Sean. “To the outside world, Northern Ireland during this troubled decade was regarded as the place that time had left behind.

“Because of the Troubles, places like Derry and Belfast represented all that was negative and contradictory about the modern world. Of course, this image was, in many respects, quite wrong.

“While the television cameras focused on a society tearing itself apart, there was another world out there - one in which ordinary people lived their lives, albeit, in extraordinary circumstances.

“I think this new compilation of photographs from the ‘Journal’ archives shows that, while confrontation was never far from the surface, life - for better or worse - still continued beyond the bombs and bullets.

“In essence, the images tell the remarkable story of a place and its people during the 1970s.”