I just recently came across these lovely colourised photos from circa 1930 which depict life as it was for most folks in Connemara and in the Claddagh area of Galway Town. What's striking, to me, is that the lifestyle shown would not have been much different even 100 years (or more) earlier! The conditions of rural Ireland all the way up through the 1950s or 1960s would have been termed "third world" by today's standards, I think.
Perhaps these photos (and others) might help us keep a bit of perspective? We hear about the current economic "crisis" and how bad things are -- and to be sure, the economy has seen better days. But to liken the current state of things to the time of The Great Hunger of the 1840s, or even the time period shown in these photos? No ... that's lacking perspective, in my opinion. I hear people complaining about these things on their iPhones and Androids while guzzling €5 after €5 pint . Just my thoughts ... take them for what they're worth.
Hope you enjoy the photos of a simpler, more contented (and probably happier) time in Ireland ...