Why not step back in time with ‘Derry Journal’ photograph book book

1988& Some of the Derry City fans who travelled to Dublin for the FAI Cup Final against Dundalk at Dalymount Park. Derry lost the tie 1-0.
1988& Some of the Derry City fans who travelled to Dublin for the FAI Cup Final against Dundalk at Dalymount Park. Derry lost the tie 1-0.

‘Derry Journal: The 1980s - A Decade in Focus’ is the eagerly-awaited fourth volume of photographs from the amazing archives of Ireland’s second oldest newspaper.

As with its best-selling predecessors, the new book – due out in the next few weeks - is jam-packed full of images that will appeal to those who love Derry and its past.

1986& The old Gwyn's Institution in Brooke Park prior to its demolition.

1986& The old Gwyn's Institution in Brooke Park prior to its demolition.

The book - a joint initiative from the ‘Derry Journal’ and Guildhall Press - is filled with hundreds of beautifully reproduced black and white photographs of a city and its people that looks hauntingly familiar but one that many of us have never seen before.

The photos in the new compilation are as close to a time-travelling virtual-reality tour of Derry in the 1980s as you could hope for.

In the book, you come face-to-face with people from the past and wonder where they came from, where they went and what their story is.

Whether it’s photos of children at school, days out at the seaside or people simply going about their everyday lives, these images are a wonderful snapshot of times gone by.

1985& Kids get a better view of proceedings during the Foyle Festival Fun day at Guildhall Square.

1985& Kids get a better view of proceedings during the Foyle Festival Fun day at Guildhall Square.

In essence, the photos tell the remarkable story of a place and its people during a decade plagued by the Troubles.

The images featured on these two pages are just a snapshot of the vast array of photos from the 1980s that are available in the ‘Derry Journal’ archives.

1984& Finalists in the Miss Derry contest at the Embassy Ballroom. Included are Betty Hannaway, Fiona O'Boyle, Ann McShane, Regina Connolly, Michelle Green, Catherine Brothers, Olivia Ball, Elizabeth McClintock, Cathy McLaughlin, Patricia Smith, Julie Doherty, and Debbie Brown.

1984& Finalists in the Miss Derry contest at the Embassy Ballroom. Included are Betty Hannaway, Fiona O'Boyle, Ann McShane, Regina Connolly, Michelle Green, Catherine Brothers, Olivia Ball, Elizabeth McClintock, Cathy McLaughlin, Patricia Smith, Julie Doherty, and Debbie Brown.

1981& Members of Pennyburn Boxing Club who had a successful visit to Manchester. At front, from left, are Peter Rafferty, Gerald Deeney, Tony Whoriskey and Sean Casey. Seated, from left, are Stephen Powell, Joe Healy (trainer), Brian McPartland, Paddy Kelly (trainer), Seamus Porter and Declan McGrellis. At back, from left, are Kenny McLaughlin, Paul Nicholl, Roy McIntyre, John O'Connell, Gerard Barr and Patrick Kelly.

1981& Members of Pennyburn Boxing Club who had a successful visit to Manchester. At front, from left, are Peter Rafferty, Gerald Deeney, Tony Whoriskey and Sean Casey. Seated, from left, are Stephen Powell, Joe Healy (trainer), Brian McPartland, Paddy Kelly (trainer), Seamus Porter and Declan McGrellis. At back, from left, are Kenny McLaughlin, Paul Nicholl, Roy McIntyre, John O'Connell, Gerard Barr and Patrick Kelly.

1981& Members of the Derry Youth Against Oppression Association stage a seven day hunger strike at Rossville Street to highlight the problems in the H-Blocks.

1981& Members of the Derry Youth Against Oppression Association stage a seven day hunger strike at Rossville Street to highlight the problems in the H-Blocks.