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 turns his attention to a photo from the RTE Photographic Archive's Cashman Collection, showing Alderman Tadhg Barry, of the Cork Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in 1920. He is holding a hurley standing in goal at Croke Park.

Barry became a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) in 1910 and joined the Irish Volunteers in 1913. He marched to Macroom, Cork, to fight in the Easter Rising 1916. Barry was an Alderman representing Sinn Féin for Cork and a member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). 

He was a part of the Cork GAA County Board and the St Vincent's GAA club in Cork. Barry was Secretary of the Cork Branch of the Irish General Workers Union (ITGWU). 

Barry was shot dead by a British soldier in Ballykinlar camp, on 15 November 1921, before all prisoners were released.  


Loughrey really enjoyed working on this photo. "I really like how simple images often present the most complexity in terms of this craft and this was one of those images," he says. "Monochrome (while wonderful) can be a fog between the viewer and the relatability of the subject being seen; colour presents an opportunity to relay a story and a time, to educate and to make you think. It really is that simple."