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A party for the departing: photos from an American Wake

Slideshow of photos taken by Eamon Ward at an “American Wake” held recently for young emigrants leaving Co Clare.

Sun, Dec 18, 2011, 15:21


With emigration once again a fact of life in rural communities, the rituals and traditions associated with leaving home are being revived. Journalist Brian O’Connell and photographer Eamon Ward recently attended an “American Wake” in Co Clare, for an article printed in yesterday’s Irish Times Magazine.

The photos in this slideshow were taken by Eamon Ward at the wake.

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