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11 Sep

The cow on the farm goes, moo, moo, moo

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Close up photo of a cow

Close up photo of a cow

A close up photo of a cow in a field in Galway.

Cows are extremely curious animals and will always approach somebody. They’ll also hoof it away at the slightest sudden movement (hoof it- run). This close up cow photo was taken on my smartphone in Galway.

For most people living in Ireland it’s hard to fathom that many people live their daily lives without ever seeing cows, or any other livestock. Once you leave the city centers in Ireland most have sheep, cows etc. in the fields.

08 Jul

Galway Fringe Festival 2016

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Galway Fringe Festival 2016

The Galway Fringe Festival kicks off on Saturday, 9th of July. It runs for just over 2 weeks, closing on the 25th of July. The Galway Fringe Festival is a boutique multidisciplinary Arts Festival based in Galway City and encompasses visual art, music, theatre, dance, literature, cabaret and exciting street spectacles. And I’m proud to announce that I have a photography exhibition in this year’s Fringe Festival, entitled Beautiful Galway.

Galway Fringe Festival

Galway landscape photo from my exhibition

One of the main differences between The Galway Fringe Festival and the Galway International Arts Festival is that the Fringe Festival offers more of a platform for home-grown artists than the Galway International Arts Festival. The Galway International Arts Festival also has an astronomically bigger budget compared to the Fringe Festival and events cost more than the Fringe Festival. You could call the Fringe Festival The Arts Festival’s little sister.

My exhibition takes a slight departure from my abstract photography; it features landscapes, a pub scene and a colourful window of a thatched cottage. My exhibition is located in Columban Hall (the old church), which is on Sea Road (near Kia restaurant). I hope you find the time to call in for a browse and enjoy my photos and the other exhibitions on display.

10 May

Loughrea Lake photo in Loughrea restaurant

In a. Galway by admin / May 10, 2016 / 0 Comments

Last year, driving home from the Galway International Rally I was passing Loughrea Lake which had a blanket of fog over it. So I parked and captured some photos of the fog and sky reflecting on Loughrea Lake. Sometime later I found out that Taste Matters restaurant in Loughrea exhibit photos from the public on their walls.

I contacted the owner and, low and behold, my photo is now exhibiting (and for sale) in Taste Matters restaurant. It’s the center piece photo of the exhibition and I have to admit that I’m extremely proud of it. If you’re in Loughrea or passing you now have an extra excuse to visit a fabulous restaurant.

Photo exhibition Taste Matters

Loughrea Lake

06 Apr

Claregalway Friary

In a. Galway by admin / April 6, 2016 / 0 Comments

On my drive/cycle to work each day I pass through Claregalway and the ruins of Claregalway Friary. On this clear blue sky morning I pulled in, walked downstream to this viewpoint. I’ve taken several photos of Claregalway Friary before but none from this angle; I like how the tree branches frame the friary and it’s a slightly different angle from where I’ve taken photos before.

Galway Church

26 Nov

Black Friday- 50% discount on everything

In a. Galway by admin / November 26, 2015 / 0 Comments

I’m offering 50% off every product type in my Buy Prints page until midnight, 3rd of December. Photos, phone covers, greeting cards, canvases and more; 50% discount on everything. The discount will appear on the Checkout page after you apply the code ‘NJRYHG’.

So if you’re looking for a beautiful and original image start browsing now.Please note the Fine Art America’s costs and shipping costs are fixed and discount does not apply to these.

I’ll leave you with this video, explaining why Black Friday is called ‘Black Friday’

16 Oct

Limited Time discount

In a. Galway by admin / October 16, 2015 / 0 Comments

Hi everyone,
This colourful photo of a man outside The Crane Bar in Galway is one of my favourite photos. I have 10 canvas prints (20″ by 16″) of it on discount sale ($60/€52) for the next 5 days. It could make a great Christmas present. Please share with anyone who you think might like it.

The Crane bar is an old school, traditional pub in the heart of Galway city and is home to traditional Irish music each evening.

canvas

18 Sep

Galway Strong Man Challenge

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals by admin / September 18, 2015 / 0 Comments

Hang on for dear life! Galway Strong Man Challenge
This Strong Man Challenge has been on Shop Street, Galway for a few weeks and is attracting large crowds. People can win €200 if they can hold onto the bar for 2 minutes without falling off, and it costs €10 to try your luck. This unfortunate man was just a mere seconds away from winning but eventually fell. There was a large, enthusiastic crowd gathered and you can see their encouragement and cheering as they though he was going to win. The con or trick is that the bar you hold onto has an inner bar and if you relax your grip the outer bar begins to slowly rotate.

Galway street challenge

08 Sep

Galway Minor Hurling- All Ireland Champions

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals,h. Sport by admin / September 8, 2015 / 1 Comment

Visit to Turloughmore GAA

The Galway minor hurling team won the 2015 GAA hurling minor championship, beating Tipperary 4-13 to 1-16 in Croke Park in the final. The team arrived back in Galway with the Irish Press cup and visited some clubs around Galway county to large crowds of fans.

Manager Geoff Lynskey of Liam Mellows, captain Seán Loftus and others gave speeches to a great crowd of fans in Turloughmore GAA club. The players made time to sign autographs, hurleys, jerseys and have their photos taken with the admiring kids.

Galway Minor Hurling (12)
 

Galway Minor Hurling (2)
 
Galway Minor Hurling (3)
 
Galway Minor Hurling (4)
 
Galway Minor Hurling (5)
 
Galway Minor Hurling (6)
 
Galway Minor Hurling (7)
 
Galway Minor Hurling (1)
 
Galway Minor Hurling (9)
 
Galway Minor Hurling (10)
 
Galway Minor Hurling (11)

21 Aug

Athenry Mart

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals by admin / August 21, 2015 / 0 Comments

Athenry Mart

An artist and neighbour of mine, Kathy Ross has some of her work in a very unique exhibition by Athenry M Artists Group-local artists. The art features the mart (the cattle, people and the mart building itself) and is on display in one of the mart rings. It’s the perfect environment to house the exhibition as the mart is an integral part of Athenry town. Visitors can associate to the art more as there’s cattle, farmers around them and they are in the buildings featured in the art.

I visited the exhibition recently and experienced my first cattle mart as well. What can I say about it? It’s an experience & a man’s world; the musical, almost singing voice of the auctioneer, the farmers, cattle and surprisingly quick sales.

Athenry Mart (2)

Athenry Mart (4)

Athenry Mart (3)

Athenry Mart (5)

Athenry Mart (7)Athenry Mart (6)

18 Aug

Got Milk?

In a. Galway by admin / August 18, 2015 / 0 Comments

Got Milk?

Got Milk?

14 Aug

John Grant, Galway Arts Festival

In a. Galway,j. Music concerts by admin / August 14, 2015 / 0 Comments

John Grant, Galway Arts Festival

John Grant played The Big Top tent at the 2015 Galway Arts Festival; he was bumped up to the main act when Sinead O Connor had to cancel. I’m a big fan of John Grant so was delighted to be lucky enough to obtain a Press Pass for his concert. The only downside was the all photographers have to leave the pit after 3 songs; for 2 of the 3 songs John Grant sat at a piano!

The first photo is one my favourite I’ve taken in a long time. John Grant isn’t your shiny, polished musician; he’s endured many tough times including hardship, illness, homophobia, addiction and heartbreak. To me this photo represents John Grant laid bare, pure blackness around him (could be the hardships that he’s endured) opening his soul.

John Grant Galway

John Grant Galway Arts Festival

This photo I took from the back of The Big Top (the venue) and the crowd in the foreground make the photo for me.

John Grant at Galway Arts Festival

The last photo is one I couldn’t resist adding; he has a song called Outer Space this photo fits it perfectly I think!

John Grant Outer Space

For anyone who isn’t familiar with the great works of John Grant he’s a song of his, the lyrics are an example of his sharp,dry wit.

10 Jul

Galway Fringe Festival

In a. Galway by admin / July 10, 2015 / 0 Comments

Galway City is in the running to be the European City of Culture in 2020 and would be a wordy winner I think. In the summer Galway really comes to life with multiple festivals; The Galway Races, Galway Arts Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, the Galway Fringe Festival and more. Galway Fringe Festival
The Galway Fringe Festival is a multidisciplinary Arts Festival encompassing visual art, music, theatre, dance, literature, cabaret and events and runs from July 11th to 27th inclusive. The beauty of the Fringe Festival is that it’s an open access festival, meaning that everyone is welcome to participate and perform.

I’m proud to announce that I have an exhibition in this years’ festival. Seeing as Galway is in the running for the European City of Culture I decided that Galway would be my theme. As abstract is my favourite style of photography I couldn’t leave it out so there’s a mix of Galway and abstract in my photos. My exhibiton
will be on display in Galway Shopping Centre, Headford Road.

11 Apr

Galway United, Eamonn Deacy Park

In a. Galway,b. Abstract/Arty,h. Sport by admin / April 11, 2015 / 1 Comment

Eamonn Deacy Park is home to Galway United F.C in Galway. I was passing Eamonn Deacy Park stadium today, had my camera in the car so stopped at the stadium. The kind staff didn’t mind me taking some photos (thanks!). The seats are maroon and white as Galway’s traditional colours are maroon and white. Pearse Stadium, home to Galway G.A.A also has the same seating colouring (link to my photos of Pearse Stadium are below these photos.)

eamonn deacy park

Galway United (2)

eamonn deacy park stand

Galway United (1)

Galway United (3)

Galway United (4)

Galway United eamonn deacy park

Galway United (7)

22 Feb

Galway International Rally

In a. Galway by admin / February 22, 2015 / 0 Comments

The 2015 Galway International Rally took place this weekend and these are my first attempt at photographing rally driving.
Galway International Rally took place February 7th and 8th 2015 and Donegal man Donagh Kelly and navigator Kevin Flanagan won the event. 2015 marked the 44th anniversary of the Galway rally which began in 1971. Over the years the Galway International Rally has attracted entrants from England, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, the former Czechoslovakia, France, America, Gambia, Belgium, Arabia, Norway and Finland.

The rally, based in the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit took place in the Gort area and had a total of 14 stages, I took these on the Sunday morning.

05 Feb

Marmite photo- love it or hate it

In a. Galway by admin / February 5, 2015 / 0 Comments

This could be a ‘Marmite‘ photo; you either love it or hate it. For me it conjures up speed, maybe The Millenium Falcon from Star Wars hitting Warp Speed with everything blurred and stars appearing as white lines. This was a long exposure photo of the beach and sea, I added the red colour when processing and really like the abstract result.
Abstract photo- hitting warp speed

20 Jan

Galway Bay Seascape abstract

In a. Galway,b. Abstract/Arty by admin / January 20, 2015 / 0 Comments

This seascape abstract photo mightn’t be everyone’s cup of tea, I’m guessing that a lot of people will think it’s dull and drab. But some people might really like it; I do anyway. It’s a slightly long exposure (1/40 second) photo of a small wave, the water in Galway Bay and an overcast sky. I was hoping for a sunny day so I’d have a bright blue sky, blue water and capture a bright photo; this is the opposite.

So, why do I like this seascape abstract photo? The simplicity and serenity; I find it extremely calming as there’s nothing to grab your eye’s attention. The straight line near the top of the photo and the line of the crest of the small wave create a pattern of kinds. It reminds me, very vaguely of Rhein II by Andreas Gursky (which at $4.3 million, was the world’s most expensive photo for a period of time). You can own Galway Bay Seascape Abstract for over 1/100,000 the cost!

seascape abstract

31 Jul

Galway Street Musician didgeridoo

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals by admin / July 31, 2014 / 0 Comments

Galway in the summer is a fantastic city; Galway Film Festial, Galway Fringe Festival, Galway Arts Festival and Galway Races all take place. And the pedestrian streets are awash with street artists, musicians, performers giving a fabulous festive vibe to Galway.

This musician is often playing his didgeridoo in Galway, you can even see a clip of him on Youtube if you want (not my video).

Galway didgeridoo

17 Jul

Room 303 by Enda Walsh- Galway Arts Festival

In a. Galway by admin / July 17, 2014 / 0 Comments

As part of Galway International Arts Festival. A new text by Enda Walsh presented as instillation in a gallery setting, voiced by Niall Buggy. It’s an interesting idea; a hotel room created in this white cube, the entire audience (4 people) sit on the chairs and bed and listen to the audio of a dying man in the bed.

I shot a long exposure photograph to give the illusion of the man’s spirit leaving this world.

Room 303 by Enda Walsh

02 Jul

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!! Photography Exhibition

In a. Galway by admin / July 2, 2014 / 0 Comments

I’m proud to announce that I’m going to have a photo exhibition, EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!! in this year’s Galway Fringe Festival.

The Galway Fringe Festival is a multidisciplinary Arts Festival encompassing visual art, music, theatre, dance, literature, cabaret, street spectacle and events and runs from July 12th to July 28th. My exhibition is an ‘integrated’ exhibition, meaning that my photographs are in different locations (or ‘scattered’ around) Oslo bar and not on display in a row. My logic behind this is that with a standard exhibition you view one photo and move on immediately to the next photo, giving you not enough time to fully absorb the photo.

In today’s modern world most people seem to be in a rush and taking a moment to see the beauty in everyday life seems to be a lost art.In this eclectic photography exhibition I hope to re-kindle our appreciation of the world around us and remind us that EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!! A row of houses, a sculpture, an airplane and even beer bubbles, all photographed in Galway, are transformed into lasting memories.

My exhibition will be held in Oslo Bar, Salthill, from July 3rd until July 28th. My exhibition is running from July 3rd as I will be on holidays when the Galway Fringe Festival begins so I’m setting up early.

So if you’re in Galway please drop into Oslo Bar to view my exhibition and why not enjoy a pint of Oslo’s many craft beers.

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22 Jun

Galway Man

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals by admin / June 22, 2014 / 0 Comments

I walked past this man sitting on a wall in Galway. I had my camera with me, turned around to talk to him and ask if he minded if I took his photo. He said he it was okay; most people tend to once you ask them.

Galway Man

31 May

The Long Walk in Galway from The Claddagh

In a. Galway by admin / May 31, 2014 / 0 Comments

Same location, just a few feet apart but two very opposing views of a row of houses on The Long Walk in Galway, taken from The Claddagh. I’ll go back to visit on a hopefully cloudless day.

Cladagh Galway

21 May

Photo of The Day at Pix.ie

In a. Galway,f. Nature & Sky by admin / May 21, 2014 / 1 Comment

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I’m happy to say that my landscape photo of trees in Galway got nominated photo of the day at Pix.ie, the Irish Photo website.

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19 May

Protected: Communion

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27 Apr

Old Houses around Galway

In a. Galway,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / April 27, 2014 / 2 Comments

Driving around Galway I’ve noticed a large amount of old, abandoned houses. Many of them are on the same grounds where the owners have built newer homes. Some appear to be in the middle of nowhere, hidden from the road behind a veil of overgrown trees.

As a project I decided to photograph a selection of the old, abandoned houses nearby Lackagh, where I live. This is the collage that I created; the first five houses are between Turloughmore and Abbeyknockmoy, the sixth on the N17 near Claregalway, the next two near Carnmore Cross and the last in Lackagh.

Old Houses Galway

27 Mar

Saint Finbarr’s cathedral, Cork City

In a. Galway,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / March 27, 2014 / 0 Comments

Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, (Irish: Ardeaglais Naomh Fionnbarra) is a cathedral of the Church of Ireland in Cork city, Ireland.
The photo to the left is taken from the back of Saint Finbarr’s cathedral and is one of the two ‘standard’ photos of Saint Finbarr’s cathedral that people take; the other one being from the front. The photo to the right is more unique and was taken from the very top of St. Patrick’s Hill.

saint finbarr's cathedral

12 Mar

Claregalway Friary

In a. Galway,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / March 12, 2014 / 1 Comment

Claregalway Friary

Yesterday I cycled to work instead of driving. As always I try to bring a camera with me whereever I go so I threw my compact into my rucksack. Everyday I drive past this ruined Friary in Claregalway and think to myself I should try to photograph it in the morning. But normally I’m driving on my way to work so don’t stop.

As the weather was perfect (blue sky, no shadows) and it was easier for me to pull I spent a few minutes and am very happy with the result.

Claregalway Friary

The Claregalway Friary is a medieval Franciscan abbey. Today, the abbey buildings and grounds are open to the public free of charge.
In 1538, forces under the command of Lord Leonard Gray ransacked and looted the abbey while on march to Galway. In 1570, Queen Elizabeth I granted possession of the monastery to Sir Richard de Burgo. In 1589, the monastery buildings were turned into a barracks under the administration of the English provincial governor, Sir Richard Bingham.

During the reign of King James, Claregalway Friary was given to the Earl of Clanrickarde. By 1641, the Franciscans had reoccupied the abbey, but the building was in poor repair and the community lacked the ability to renovate it. The burial grounds surrounding the building are maintained and still in use.

09 Mar

Horses on Galway Beach

In a. Galway,i. Black&White by admin / March 9, 2014 / 0 Comments

Horses having some exercise on Renmore Beach in Galway. I wish I could have stayed for longer and gotten closer but I was on my way to playing football. There’s something majestic about watching horses running I find.

Horses on Galway Beach

15 Feb

Comparing 10mm wide angle lens with 17mm

In a. Galway by admin / February 15, 2014 / 0 Comments

Someone was kind enough to give me a loan of a Sigma 10-20mm lens for over a week. This is a proper wide angle lens.

I presume there’s many other like me that would like to see how much more you actually capture with a wide angle. So here are some photos comparing 10mm with 17mm. As you can see it captures a whole more into the photo.
My thoughts are it’s a ‘nice to have’ lens but I don’t know how much I’d use it.

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22 Nov

Merry Christmas- Galway Christmas Market

In a. Galway by admin / November 22, 2013 / 0 Comments

The Galway Christmas Market opens again this weekend and runs from Friday 22nd November until Sunday 22nd December 2013 in Eyre Square. It promises to be a great day out for the family.
This is a video I made of photographs of mine from the past few years Galway Christmas Markets

Merry Christmas is a song title by Bryan Adams

09 Nov

Competition- The Irish Times Amateur Photographer of the Year 2013

In a. Galway by admin / November 9, 2013 / 0 Comments

Irish Times Amateur Photographer of the Year 2013

These are my entries for the Irish Times Amateur Photographer of the Year 2013. I’m not expecting to make the shortlist but if you’re not in you can’t win as they say.
Entries are for categories- Colour, Colour, Open category and Street. They’re among some of my favorite photos from this year and I believe that they stand out a bit from your ‘standard’ photograph.

The shortlist is announced on 16th of November and the winners on the 30th of November. Fingers crossed.
These are the winners from 2012, the first year the competition ran

THE IRISH TIMES Amateur Photographer of the Year 2013

THE IRISH TIMES
Amateur Photographer of the Year 2013

Competition is a song title by Biohazard

20 Aug

The Party’s Over

In a. Galway by admin / August 20, 2013 / 0 Comments

Not every photograph has to or can be a “Wow, look at that!”. Sometimes a good photograph is the opposite, a snapshot of a mundane everyday scene. There mightn’t be anything stunning that captures your eye but if you let your mind absorb the photograph it makes you think or feels like it’s from a story; this for me is a good photograph.

the party's over

The Party’s Over is a song title by Willie Nelson.

13 Aug

Galway Races start of a race (Bring on the Dancing Horses)

In a. Galway,h. Sport by admin / August 13, 2013 / 0 Comments

Galway Races

A series of photographs taken in quick succession at the start of a horse race at The Galway Races.

Galway Races ready
 
Galway Races all set
 
Galway Races horses
 
Galway Races off

Bring on the Dancing Horses is a song from Echo and The Bunnymen

06 Aug

Galway Races (Look away, look away, look away)

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals by admin / August 6, 2013 / 2 Comments

One of the things I love about the Galway Races is the mixed crowds; loads of country farmers and thousands upon thousands of young people dressed up to the nines. I like the old gentleman looking away as the two women walk past.

After I posted this someone said it’d look good in black and white so I’ve added it after the colour.
Which do you prefer?

Galway Races

Black and White

Galway Races Best Dressed

Look away, look away, look away are lyrics taken from the song ‘Look Away’ by Big Country.

19 Jul

The Galway Races- BallyBrit racecourse (Running On Empty)

In a. Galway,h. Sport by admin / July 19, 2013 / 0 Comments

The Galway Races

Galway in the summertime equals festivals. And the biggest is festival is The Galway Races which over 132,000 people attended in 2012. It’s a mammoth of a horse racing festival that spans 7 days of racing and 7 days and nights of partying & drinking all around Galway. In the past many large companies in Galway used to close for the week of the races. “It’s not about the racing” is a commonly heard saying around town.

This photograph shows an empty and silent racecourse, the total opposite of what the Ballybrit race track will be like very soon. I’ll try to take another photography from the exact same location during the races.

CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW FULL SIZE.
The Galway Races

Running On Empty is a song by Jackson Browne

05 Jul

My Photography Exhibition in The Galway Fringe Festival

In a. Galway,l. Text by admin / July 5, 2013 / 1 Comment

Galway Fringe Festival

Seduced by Light at Gawlay Fringe Festival

I’m delighted to announce that I have my first solo photography exhibition in this year’s Galway Fringe Festival.

My exhibition, Seduced By Light will display 8 photography in Goyas cafe, Kirwans Lane from July 13th to July 30th.
Goyas cafe is located in a small square directly behind McDonaghs chipper, also behind Busker Brown’s pub.
If you’re in Galway during The Galway Fringe Festival dates please drop into Goyas for a look. (Goyas do one of the best hot chocolates in Galway).

This is my exhibition information in the Galway Fringe Festival guide:

Seduced By Light, a photography exhibition by Patrick Dinneen
The camera never lies. But it can distort the truth and present us with a different view of the world around us. We see the world around us through our eyes; a photographer sees the world through his camera. This instrument can be used to manipulate what we see by applying various techniques, including long shutter speeds, intentional camera movement, defocusing and many more.

In this series of beautiful photographs Patrick Dinneen invites you on an abstract journey through a dreamlike world of images bursting with colour. Abstract photograph from my exhibition
Patrick Dinneen is a Cork born, Galway based photographer. He has no one preferred style of photography, instead enjoys photographing anything that captures his eyes’ attention.

He proudest achievement is date is having his work featured in the LA Times. When he isn’t behind his camera he enjoys spending time with his family, playing or watching football, cycling or reading. He also has a passion for music and has linked music with photography by giving every photo blog post a related music title in his website. You can view more of his work at http://www.photoblog.ie

23 May

Connacht Rugby Players (Men At Work)

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals,h. Sport by admin / May 23, 2013 / 0 Comments

A big thanks to Connacht Rugby Club who gave me a Press Pass for the last Rabo Direct Pro 12 league of the season. Connacht lost to Glasgow Warrior 20-3 on a wet night at The Sportsground in Galway.

Players in the photograph are (left to right) Eoin McKeon, Ronan Loughney, Brett Wilkinson, Kieran Marmion and Michael Swift

Connacht Rugby Players

Men At Work is the title of an Australian band, who had ‘that’ hit song ‘Down Under. They are the only Australian artist to have a simultaneous No. 1 album and No. 1 single in the United States

12 May

Galway vs Glasgow Warriors (Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals,h. Sport by admin / May 12, 2013 / 1 Comment

Connacht rugby club played their last game of the Rabo Direct Pro 12 season at The Sportsground in Galway against The Glasgow Warriors. Glasgow Warriors won the rugby match 20-3. DTH van der Merwe and Sean Mullins scored the tries for Glasgow Warriors
It was Eric Elwood’s last game as manager and over 6,000 spectators turned up on a wet evening.

Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants is an album title from Oasis.

04 May

Eric Elwood’s end at Connacht Rugby (Thanks for all the joy)

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals by admin / May 4, 2013 / 2 Comments

Tonight was Eric Elwood’s last game in charge of Connacht Rubgy club.
Eric Elwood is a former rugby player who was capped first for Ireland over 150 times and joined Connacht Rugby club at the start of the 2010 season.

Eric Elwood Connacht

Please click here to view more of my photographs from the Connacht vs Glasgow Warriors match
Thank for for all the joy are lyrics from Thank You For The Music, a song by Abba

12 Mar

Hit The Parade (Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, Galway)

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals by admin / March 12, 2013 / 1 Comment

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, Galway

This post is from last year but it’s one of my facourite photographs from 2012 and Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up again soon so I’m reposting it.

I know I’m a bit late with posting this but better late than never with my photo from Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. I was at the parade with my family so could only manage a hopeful snap here and there (not easy with an almost 2 year old on my shoulders…)
Luckily for me I had perfect timing with this photo and captured a nice reflection of the crowd in the musician’s trumpet.

Post title taken from the song ‘Hit The Parade’, from the album Bedlam a Go-Go by Something Happens, an Irish band from the late 1980s – early 1990s. I remember seeing them at Lark By The Lee in 1984 or 1985, a free music festival in Cork. Lead singer Tom Dunne had a very successful radio show on Today FM but unfortunately has now moved to a weekday morning slot on Newstalk. With Donal Dineen and Tom Dunne gone from music shows the Irish airwaves are a lot poorer for quality music

27 Feb

An Carnmore hurling (They Might Be Giants)

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals,h. Sport by admin / February 27, 2013 / 0 Comments

Photographs of An Carnmore, a Galway hurling club, goalkeeper C Fahy during a quiet period a game against Craughwell.

galway hurling

carnmore hurling

They Might Be Giants is the name of the happy, happy band, most famous for ‘Birdhouse In Your Soul.

20 Feb

Galway Hooker Sculpture Abstract (Blackbird Fly)

In a. Galway,b. Abstract/Arty by admin / February 20, 2013 / 2 Comments

I’m always drawn to the Galway Hooker sculpture in Eyre Square, Galway. I like the rustic look of it and the straight lines and very sharp angles. These are two abstract photographs of the Eyre Square sculpture with a crow resting on it.

eyre square abstract

Galway Hooker Statue

Blackbird Fly is a song by The Beatles, taken from the album The Beatles, a.k.a. The White Album

02 Feb

Galway International Rally (It Just Feeds My Need For Speed)

In a. Galway,i. Black&White by admin / February 2, 2013 / 0 Comments

the Galway International Rally was the first international rally to be run from the Republic of Ireland. Throughout its history it has attracted star drivers from all over the world. These photos are from the day before the rally, when rally cars register and fans mill around adoring the cars

galway International Rally

galway international rally boyle

galway international rally 2

galway international rally mechanic

It Just Feeds My Need For Speed are lyrics taken from the song 1320 by Megadeath

24 Jan

Cava Restaurant, Galway Closing (Food, Glorious Food)

In a. Galway by admin / January 24, 2013 / 1 Comment

Cava Restaurant in Galway to close

Cava Galway

Cava Restaurant Gaway

Cava Restaurant is closing on the weekend of 25th/26th January, 2013Jp McMahon, the owner said “It is with deep regret and sadness that Drigin and I must announce that Cava will close in 11 days. We hope the next week will be a happy reflection on our last five years rather than a mourning on our closing ”.

Cava was an extremely popular tapas restaurant in Galway, which had won many awards and it’s closure is a great pity. It was my favourite restaurant in Galway. They will be bringing their top 5 tapas dishes onto their menu at Eat@Massimo, where the same people do a lunch menu.

Click here for an article in the Galway Independent that features an interview and a slight insight into some of the reasons why it closed.

Food, Glorious Food is a song from the musical Oliver!

15 Jan

Galway Cathedral (Push The Sky Away)

In a. Galway,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / January 15, 2013 / 1 Comment

An old photo of mine of Galway Cathedral, with a simple filter applied (in Flickr’s built in photo editor). I really have to start using Adobe Lightroom and learn how to make little changes, such as ‘remove’ the light in the bottom-right-corner which is distracting.

Galway Cathedral

Push The Sky Away is the album title of the new album from Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, to be released in February 2013.

29 Nov

Galway sunrise (Sun It Rises)

In a. Galway,f. Nature & Sky by admin / November 29, 2012 / 0 Comments

A beautiful red and orange Galway sunrise over fields in Galway lights up the sky with great colours.
Galway has really stunning sunsets over Galway Bay and offers lovely views for the people strolling on the Salthill Prom. The Galway sunrises are equally brilliant and turn the fields from black darkness into a lovely blend of colours.

Galway morning sunrise

Sun It Rises is a song title from Fleet Foxes album Fleet Foxes.

26 Nov

Boards.ie Photobook launch & Photowalk- all welcome

In a. Galway,l. Text by admin / November 26, 2012 / 0 Comments

Every year, the users from the photography forum on Boards.ie stick their heads and hands together to organize the annual Boards Photobook. The entire project is conducted online and is organized by volunteers from the forum and I have a photo in this year’s book.

The book showcases some of the finest photography work from both amateurs and professionals and will make a great Christmas present; as for each book sold, a charitable donation will be made to Santa Strike Force.

Book Launch- everyone invited
Boards Photo Book launches at the Dublin Camera Gallery on Camden Street at 8pm on December 1st 2012.
Dublin Camera Club have once again been so very kind to offer their gallery space for free in order to support the project. Many of the contributors and users of the photography forum will meet each other there. Remarkably, it will probably be the first time many of them will have met face to face – as all work behind the book happens entirely on the forum, which is an amazing feat!

We herewith extend an invitation and warm welcome to all interested in attending the book launch, the more the merrier. We hope to make the book a successful venture to ensure that Santa Strike Force can keep providing their fantastic service to institutions that, in these budgetary times, so much rely on donations from the public.

How can you buy the photobook?
The publication will be made available for purchase to the general public by Shakespeare Photobooks, a Waterford based company who have been selected for a third time for the printing process. After the book launch, copies of the book will be available for purchase directly from Shakespeare Photobooks.

Print Auction
A Print Auction of photos in the book will commence on the 2nd December and run for approximately 2 weeks – visit http://pix.ie/boardsbook for more details.

For any further inquiries, you can contact Tracy O’Brien and the team behind the book on boardsbook{at}gmail.com

Photowalk
The Boards.ie group are also organising a photowalk for Saturday afternoon, full details below.

Start Time: 1pm
Start Point: Bottom of Grafton St / Molly Malone Statue end
Going to:
– National Library of Ireland (Nassau to Kildare street)
– St. Stephen’s Green
– National Museum of Ireland (History, Merrion St)
– Merrion Square
– Westland Row (Pearse St Train Station)
– Trinity College (Through Pearse St entrance)
– College Green to Dame Lane
– Dame Lane (should be getting dark by now 4:30ish)
– behind Dublin Castle (Chester Beatty Library)
– TBC
– St. Patricks Cathedral (night)
– stumble back to Against the Grain (6ish)

17 Nov

Galway Beach Abstract (Sand and Sand)

In a. Galway,b. Abstract/Arty by admin / November 17, 2012 / 0 Comments

I was walking on Renmore/Ballyloughane Beach in Galway today and brought my camera along with me. I ended up taking some photos of the ripples in the sand which looked quiet nice I thought.

Ballyloughane Beach

Galway Beach Abstract

 Ballyloughane Beach Galway

I noted that PetaPixel website have an article featuring ‘Seascape’ photos by Jakob Wagner, which are very similar to mine.
Sea and Sand is a song title by The Who.

12 Nov

Galway Blackrock Swim (Swimming)

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals by admin / November 12, 2012 / 0 Comments

This is Martin Burke, a hardy swimmer at the diving board at Blackrock, Salthill, Galway. He came out of the water and casually said “It’s lovely in there.” The Diving Board at Blackrock, Salthill is a very popular swimming and diving location with locals (and tourists in the summer). I’ve only been in there once and that was with a wetsuit on.

Swimming is a song title of a song by Florence and The Machine

02 Oct

LA is The Place (The Crane Bar, Galway)

In a. Galway by admin / October 2, 2012 / 1 Comment

I’m delighted to tell you that I had a photo published in the LA Times!
The LA Times contacted me through Flickr asking if they could use my photo of a man outside The Crane Bar in Galway in a travel feature on Galway for their travel section of The LA Times newspaper. They posted me some clippings of the page, I kept one, gave one to the pub and one to the person in the photo.

Post title is a song by the American hip hop group N.W.A.

17 May

See Your Name in Neon, It’s a Dream, 15 Minutes of Fame (Occupy Galway)

In a. Galway by admin / May 17, 2012 / 0 Comments

My blog post yesterday was my most viewed blog post to date, with over 1,000 page views yesterday alone.
It really was a case of lucky timing and a bit of work as well.

On Tuesday I had a day off work and was wandering around Galway. I was strolling through Eyre Square, decided to visit the Occupy Galway camp and document it through photographs. Little did I know that the gardaí would raid/’dismantle’ the camp that very night. I was also lucky that I posted the photos here the same evening, if I had left it for a day or two the Occupy Galway camp would have been yesterdays news.

When I found out the next morning that the camp had been dismantled I tweeted my photographs & also tweeted several media organisations saying that I had possibly the last photographs of the camp. Several replied asking if they could use my photographs and many people retweeted my tweet of the photographs. My photographs were used by The Irish Examiner (online), Breakingnews.ie, Thejournal.ie, The Galway Advertiser.ie Facebook page and more. I was even trending on Twitter(!).

Below is some of the coverage my photographs in the media:

Post title are lyrics taken from the song ’15 minutes’ by the band Sheep On Drugs (great band name).