Abridged 0 – 20: Abandoned Clare


Publication commissioned for Abridged articulating the cause, effect and loss of rural to urban migration.

Abandoned Clare was a photographic series to make visible the ruins of contemporary rural abandonment in rural County Clare, during the post boom recession from 2010 – 2011. The images are reminders of the  frugal, mindful habits and utopian dreams that played out in the county. The intention was not to lament a lost utopian past but to stimulate, provoke and provide evidence of other ways of doing things. 

The images explore the economic and social factors that have forced the abandonment of the rural in favour of the urban, and the effects this has on already vulnerable rural populations: poorer demographics, ageing rural populations, loss of land management skills, knowledge and tradition, and the loss of social and community structures. Abandoned buildings and the accompanying abandoned land can also have an adverse effect on the environment.

Abridged 0 – 20: Abandoned Clare was commissioned, produced and published by Gregory McCartney with support from an Arts Council of Ireland Project Award, accompanied by texts by Deirdre and editor Gregory McCartney. 

It was exhibited at at X-PO (2011) in Denver, USA as part of Hybrid I (2012) and in the Limerick City Gallery of Art exhibition TENSE (2012) along with Deirdre’s film Airtime.

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  • X-PO, Kilnaboy, Co. Clare
  • Denver, USA
  • LCGA, Limerick