Eric Luke has been a staff photographer with the Irish Times since 1990. He has recently turned to Twitter to post some of his collection of 20,000 negatives that document Irish life in the 70s and 80s.
Eric Luke was a staff photographer with the Evening Press in the 70s and 80s before joining the Irish Times in 1990, where he still works today. He’s covered five Olympic Games, World Cups (in both football and rugby), the troubles in Northern Ireland, the famine in Somalia and Mother Theresa’s funeral in Calcutta among many, many, other things. But it is his work on his days off that he has taken to Twitter with. They form a looking glass into our recent past, of hot summers, festivals, famous visitors and normal, everyday life.
Pearse Street, Dublin, in the 1970s
Dublin street scene, 35 years ago.
“Security personnel” at Queen concert at Slane in the ’80s.
Cooling down the fans at David Bowie gig at Slane Ireland in the 1980s.
Cooling down the fans at U2 gig in Croke park Dublin in the 1980s
A currach race in the West of Ireland in the 1980s
Smithfield Horse Fair, Dublin, 1980s
Fans at David Bowie gig at Slane Ireland in the 1980s
Dalkey barber, Don McClure, in the 1980s.
David Bowie, Slane, 1980s
Pierce Brosnan in pre-007 days
Actor Martin Sheen and local man Des O’Brien in Dalkey Co. Dublin in the 1980s
Mick Jagger, Slane, Ireland in the 1980s.