The abandoned handball courts of Ireland

June 01, 2014

There are roughly around 700 abandoned handball courts spread throughout Ireland that once served not only a place for athletics, but as a spot for people to socialize and dance. After the ‘50s, handball moved indoors leaving the outside courts to be demolished or used for storage or parking lots. Photographer Kenneth O Halloran spent some time last year visiting hundreds of them and documenting their deteriorated appearance. According to Halloran, locals don’t put much value on the courts and there is very little nostalgia for them. Some may see them as blight, however Halloran presents them in a tasteful way to show the beauty in their weathered presence.

via NYtimes