Matt Loughrey's My Colorful Past project bridges "the gap between history and art", using digital techniques to add colour to monochrome images. This week he's applied his skills to this photograph from the National Library of Ireland of Michael Collins and Harry Boland with the Dublin and Kilkenny Hurling teams at the 1921 Leinster Hurling Final in September 1921. Collins is shaking hands with a man who has been identified as Alderman James Nowlan, a former GAA president.


Loughrey points out that these days there are a number of people working magic on historical artefacts "through animation, imagery, video and even holography. There are points in time which magnify why these processes and art forms matter and I always felt that this image was a candidate." 

He found the image particularly appealing."There's a warmth about it with or without the colour aspect," he says. "Every face is engaged and I think Harry Boland makes the moment. It's nice how a couple of Kilkenny players are also in shot, something folks may not have noticed so easily in the original."