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Italia 90 Dublin
Tony O’Shea

Italia Dublin 90, Tony O'Shea

Italia Dublin 90, Tony O'SheaItalia 90 Dublin
Tony O’Shea
Cafe Royal Books

Edited by Craig Atkinson


24 pages
140 x 200 mm
ISBN Not available


A nation holds its breath! Many of us remember those famous words uttered by RTÉ Sports commentator George Hamilton moments before David O’Leary netted that famous penalty against Romania sending the Republic of Ireland to the quarter finals of the Italia 90 World Cup – albeit without winning a single game!

The team returned from a heroic display to be greeted by an estimated 500,000 people lining the streets from Dublin Airport to O’Connell Street. (Proportionately, more people came out to celebrate Ireland’s defeat in the Italia 90 quarter finals than the number of Germans who celebrated the World Cup winning team). For three weeks the nation experienced something close to mass hysteria.” – Edwin Bowe, Murmur

About the Artist
Tony O’Shea was born in Valentia Island, County Kerry in 1947 and lived there for the first 20-years of his life. He studied English and Philosophy at University College Dublin and towards the end of the 1970s became increasingly interested in photography. By 1981 he had begun working full-time as a photographer with In Dublin magazine and once it ceased publication he went on to work for Sunday Business Post for many years. His first book Dubliners, including a text by Colm Tóibín was published by Macdonald Illustrated.

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.

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