A

BOWER

FOR SISTERS

Aisling o' rourke

 
 
 
 

The story goes; When Jean Baptiste Debrabant decided to build Our Lady’s Bower Convent and Boarding School, he used the designs from his home in the south of France to save costs in this new venture.

Fact or fiction, the Boarding School has now closed precisely because of financial issues. After 130 years the La Sainte Union order of Roman Catholic Nuns can no longer afford to keep it running and pay for the care of an ageing population of sisters. In June of 2014 the last eleven boarders sat their Leaving Certificate, packed up their belongings and left. 

In 'A Bower for Sisters' Aisling O' Rourke sensitively documents the final few months of Our Lady's Bower Boarding School and Convent in Athlone, County Westmeath, before it closed its doors in June 2014. 

 
 
'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke. Self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke. Self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke. Self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke. Self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
 
'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke. Self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
Book spread from 'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke. Self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke. Self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
Book spread from 'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke. Self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
 
'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke. Self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
 
Book spread from 'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke. Self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
Book spread from 'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke, a self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
Book spread from 'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke. Self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
Book spread from 'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke, a self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
 
'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke. Self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
 
Book spread from 'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke, self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
Book spread from 'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke, self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
Book spread from 'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke, self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
Book spread from 'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke, self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
 
'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke. Self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
 
Book spread from 'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke, self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
Book spread from 'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke, self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
Book spread from 'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke, self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
Book spread from 'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke, self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
 
'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke. Self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke. Self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
'A Bower for Sisters' by Aisling O'Rourke. Self-published photobook with photography by Aisling O'Rourke and designed by Read That Image.
Detail from The Whistle Blowing a photobook with photography by Lorraine Tuck and Design by Read That Image Collective
 
 

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Softcover
  • 80 pages in full colour
  • 168mm x 220mm
  • 39 colour images
  • 3 tipped-in photo inserts
  • Insert booklet with text by Aisling O' Rourke and Gearoid O'Brien
  • Exposed spine, swiss binding
  • Munken Lynx 150gsm (book)
  • Munken Pure Rough 90gsm (booklet)
  • Hand-numbered by the artist
  • First edition of 500 copies
Quantity:
Add To Cart