Nearly 40 years ago, in the Irish Parish of Inishmagrath, priests, nuns, soldiers and parishioners gathered to celebrate the re-dedication of St. Patrick’s Church in the township of Tamron, Leitrim County. The following video features priceless images from that event: Soldiers with long sideburns; girls with long hair wearing hand-knitted berets with pom poms; young boys with crew neck sweaters with ties peeking out; women wearing colorful church hats. The cardinals in their red sashes have long since passed. There are five generations present in this video: the original Lost Generation (1883-1900); the G.I. Generation (1901-1924); the Silent Generation (1925-1942); the Baby Boomer Generation (1943-1960) and Generation X (1961-1981).
The video features the song Goin’ Back performed by Dusty Springfield. There are a five more videos in this series, which are on Fergus Red’s YouTube channel. Surprisingly, there are very few church nostalgia websites and/or blogs. It’s very difficult to source 1960s-1980s content for my Vintage Religion feature. There’s a lot of content available from the 1950s and earlier, including many great photographs, but far less church-related memorabilia from the childhood and youth of Generation X. Paper ephemera and collectibles from this era are especially hard to come by.