Summer of '69

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National Geographic is one of the most respected magazines in the world and in September 1969 it ran a cover story on Ireland.

Jim Sugar, the photographer who illustrated the story, was just 22-years-old. He spent three months in Ireland travelling the length and breath of the country and in that time he shot over 10,000 photographs.

The two dozen or so images used in the magazine are startling and capture a lost Ireland; but for nearly four decades, thousands of unpublished photographs from this trip have been stored in Sugar's attic.

Since then Jim Sugar has travelled the world, he's had numerous other National Geographic cover stories, but he never returned to Ireland. So four decades on what will the National Geographic photographer make of the changes that have occurred since The Summer of '69?

An RTÉ Cork Production