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Biddy Boys Ireland 1972
Homer Sykes

Biddy Boys Ireland 1972 Homer Sykes

Biddy Boys Ireland 1972 Homer SykesBiddy Boys Ireland 1972
Homer Sykes
Café Royal Books


Second Edition
36 pages
140 x 200 mm
ISSN 27525619


Biddy Boys Ireland 1972 is a photozine documenting the folk customs of Ireland, particularly the custom of individuals dressing up as ‘biddy boys’, often carrying dolls known as ‘brideogs’ and parading through the streets. These traditions, which are mostly out of practice in Ireland today, ordinarily took place on St. Brigid’s Day and St. Stephen’s Day. These images were taken in Kilorglin, County Kerry.

About the Artist
Homer Warwick Sykes is a Canadian-born British documentary photographer whose career has included personal projects and landscape photography.

About the Publisher
Café Royal Books (founded 2005) is an independent publisher based in Southport, England. Originally set up as a way to disseminate art, in multiple, affordably, quickly, and internationally while not relying on ‘the gallery’. Café Royal Books publishes artist’s books and zines as well as a weekly series of photobook/zines. The photographic publications are part of a long ongoing series, generally working with photographers and their archives, to publish work, which usually falls into 1970–2000 UK documentary / reportage.