You all know the phrase, you wait ages for a bus and then two come along at once. Well this is an apt introduction to a pair of major exhibitions taking place now and over the coming months in Dublin.

Ireland in Focus: Photographing the 1950s is at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, and has some rarely shown images from three photographic collections, reflecting what is generally regarded as one of the most challenging decades in 20th century Ireland. The exhibition features three photographers – one French and two American – who portrayed Ireland through the places they visited and its people.