THE LIFE OF A LIMERICK PHOTOGRAPHER

/THE LIFE OF A LIMERICK PHOTOGRAPHER/

February 2017

2016 in Pictures

By | February 1st, 2017|Blog, Event Galleries, Photoshoots|

2016 was probably known as the ‘year of celebrity deaths‘ for many people, mourning hero’s from Bowie to Zsa Zsa Gabor, or my own personal favourite Merle Haggard. For others it was dominated by one of the big stories of the year like the American election or the biggest historical reflection in Ireland’s recorded past as we commemorated 1916. Probably not so surprising then that when I went to look through the archives to add some ‘best of’ pictures to the 2016 gallery I realised I had forgotten so much of our own West Limerick year in the interim.

While TV and Twitter is so often dominated by the National and International story, our personal experiences, even the forgotten ones, have a weight that is often underestimated by their lack of record. Many people suffered their own private grief with deaths and tragedies that will never make the papers, they achieved goals that might not have been relayed to a single person, had reactions and thoughts that passed without echo or importance. A mirage of moments to collide with the modern world.

Yet when I looked back at the photographs, some taken on assignment with the Limerick Leader, more for private clients and a few personal, I was never so much reminded of the great, and so very Irish, poem – Epic by Patrick Kavanagh:

I have lived in important places, times
When great events were decided; who owned
That half a rood of rock, a no-man’s land
Surrounded by our pitchfork-armed claims.
I heard the Duffys shouting ‘Damn your soul!’
And old McCabe stripped to the waist, seen
Step the plot defying blue cast-steel –
‘Here is the march along these iron stones’
That was the year of the Munich bother. Which
Was more important? I inclined
To lose my faith in Ballyrush and Gortin
Till Homer’s ghost came whispering to my mind.
He said: I made the Iliad from such
A local row. Gods make their own importance.

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September 2012

Limerick Intermediate Hurling Semi Final

By | September 30th, 2012|Blog, Sports, Sports Galleries|

Killeedy v Dromin/Athlacca at Kilmallock

For full album of photos Click Here

August 2012

Communions/Confirmations 2012

By | August 30th, 2012|Blog, Photoshoots|

A selection of pictures that I took of Communions and Confirmations around Limerick in 2012.

June 2012

Edinburgh Trip

By | June 6th, 2012|Blog, Travel|

Edinburgh is such a gorgeous and inspirational city that I couldn’t help but take the camera out and do a bit of travel photography when I was there recently. I tried to take some in the art gallery too but got politely asked to stop!

May 2012

Portraits: U.S. Soldiers at Shannon

By | May 3rd, 2012|Blog, Portraits|

Portraits taken at Shannon Airport where U.S. soldiers still stopover on their way to Iraq.

April 2012

Women In Sport Photos – Boxing

By | April 4th, 2012|Blog, Sports Galleries, Women In Sport|

It was great to get the chance to photograph Katie Taylor’s Pre-Olympic Fight Night hosted by St. John’s Boxing Club at Silver Springs Hotel, Cork last week. In all there were 14 bouts on the night with a mixture of ages fighting. One of my on-going photography projects is on Women in Sport so I was hoping to add to the collection with 2 Junior girls fights as well as the headline Senior fight between our own legendary Katie Taylor and Liz Leddy from the USA.

I must say that even though boxing looks like a tough sport to compete in, its an even tougher sport to photograph! Like all indoor sports the lighting is pretty poor in relation to what the camera needs to expose properly at a high shutter speed. And in boxing you NEED a high shutter speed! For bigger televised events a television company might set up their own lights at the sides of the ring to brighten it up for the cameras but there was no RTE/TV3/TG4 for this one! Still I think I did ok for a first go and a (relatively) crappy Canon 7D!

To see all photos from the night CLICK HERE

March 2012

Bord Gais Energy NFL Division 4 Limerick v Antrim

By | March 20th, 2012|Blog, Sports Galleries, Women In Sport|

For more photos from the game CLICK HERE