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22 Apr

Bait and Switch ( Heron Bird )

In d. People & Animals by admin / April 22, 2012 / 1 Comment

I had a very relaxing weekend away in Westport and went for an early morning wander with my camera.
This heron was standing under a bridge but flew away as I approached so I thought my chance of a photograph was gone. But it rested by the bank of the river in great light for me. I’m very happy with this photo, light seems just right to me.

Post title is taken from the song titled Bait and Switch by The Shins. I’ve used this title as the heron stands so still that people often think it’s not a real bird. (Thanks to Emily Gallagher for telling me it’s a heron).

17 Apr

Come on Feel The Lemonheads

In d. People & Animals,j. Music concerts by admin / April 17, 2012 / 1 Comment

Last night I was at The Lemonheads gig in Roisin Dubh in Galway. They were playing their most successful album It’s a Shame About Ray in its entirety. The album is only 33 minutes long so obviously they needed to play some other material. Evan Dando began the night with about 30 minutes of acoustic material, then joined by the rest of the band for It’s a Shame About Ray songs.

It was an enjoyable night and my first time to see The Lemonheads live. There’s a growing trend for bands to tour playing their ‘main/most widely known’ album in its entirety and I don’t see anything wrong with it. It’s a good opportunity to hear an album that I listened and loved (still do) in my youth. Gigs like these bring out the older fans and newer ones who have only discovered the bands in recent times and are normally packed with enthusiastic fans singing along to every song.

I met two students, Maria and Owen who are new fans. Flash photograph isn’t allowed and Maria had a compact camera with the back screen broken so couldn’t turn off the flash. She snapped a few quick photos with the flash on, Owen was the ‘better for wear’ and they may or may not have been asked to leave (ah, young kids…)

The lighting in Roisin Dubh is awful for photography- dark red lights so even with my very fast lens (f1.4) I struggled to get any good shots. These are all unprocessed (it’s 1am now, I just want to post up some immediately). I’ll post up some more later this evening hopefully.

Come On Feel The Lemonheads is an album title by The Lemonheads

17 Apr


In d. People & Animals,j. Music concerts by admin / April 17, 2012 / 1 Comment

The second set of photographs from The Lemonheads It’s a Shame About Ray gig in Roisin Dubh, Galway in April 2012

14 Apr

I can tell that we are gonna be friends

In d. People & Animals by admin / April 14, 2012 / 0 Comments

Post title is taken from the song “We’re gonna be friends” by The White Stripes.

21 Feb

Here Comes Your Man

In d. People & Animals,i. Black&White by admin / February 21, 2012 / 0 Comments

Post title taken from the song ‘Here Comes Your Man’, another great song from the album ‘Doolittle’ by the almost impossibly fantastic The Pixie.

24 Jan

Build High, Build High, I said Build High, Yeah, Build High

Part two of my photo series from a building site in Parkmore Business Park East, Galway City.

Part one can be found here

Blog title taken from the great Pixies song ‘Build High’.

13 Dec

Happy Sad

In d. People & Animals by admin / December 13, 2011 / 0 Comments

Conor is now 1 1/2 years old/young. Once he hears the word smile this is the face that he puts on. Very enthusiastic and funny but he hasn’t managed to smile and keep his eyes open at the same time yet. Note the toy cars that he’s clutching. He LOVES them, even goes to bed with them in his hands….

(Post title taken from Happy Sad song, on The Roads Don’t Love You album by Gemma Hayes)

08 Dec

Galway Chirstmas Market (It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year)

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals by admin / December 8, 2011 / 0 Comments

Galway Christmas Market 2011

2010 was the first year that The Galway Christmas Market were hosted and were a roaring success for Galway. Trade increased, it added an festive event to Galway’s event calendar. These photos show some of the workers who brace the cold every night for a month.

Galway Chirstmas Market saucy

Galway Christmas market bell and light

Galway Christmas Market Beer Waitress

Gawlay Christmas Market trader

Post title is the title of the famous Christmas song by Andy Williams

27 Nov

Lost In Music

In d. People & Animals by admin / November 27, 2011 / 0 Comments

Just in case you haven’t noticed or guessed every post here has a musical title that’s related to the photo(s). Sister Sledge have a song called Lost In Music and it fits this man browsing in HMV, Limerick perfectly. It vaguely reminds me of DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing album cover (vaguely I said)

We’re lost in music
Caught in a trap
No turnin’ back
We’re lost in music

07 Nov

You Can Leave Your Hat On

In d. People & Animals by admin / November 7, 2011 / 0 Comments

I’m suprised that Conor (1 1/2) will leave his hat on when he’s outside, his older sister kept taking hers off and throwing it away. This is the first time I used the in built filters in my camera; a Pentax K-7, you can see the effect in the second shot. it gives a nice effect I think. I used to think that any in built filters would just be a novelty but I like some of them.

31 Oct

Jump Up, Jump Up And Get Down. Jump Jump Jump

In d. People & Animals by admin / October 31, 2011 / 0 Comments

The simple things in life. For a young child there’s nothing more fun that running and jumping in a puddle. Endless fun.

26 Oct

Old And Wise (Michael D Higgins- next Irish president?)

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals by admin / October 26, 2011 / 0 Comments

An old post but seeing as tomorrow is voting day I’m going to re-post it.
Michael D Higgins, Galway West TD, who is running for the Irish Presidency. He very kindly launched my companies photo exhibition in Ballybane (Galway) library. He seems like a very down to earth person who takes time to get involved with the local community. After Séan (Sean) Gallagher being caught lying (allegedly) the race has been blown wide open (well open).

Michael D Higgins

17 Oct

Keep The Car Running

In d. People & Animals,g.Colourful by admin / October 17, 2011 / 0 Comments

I was 1/2 thinking of selling my Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens to finance a very wide angle lens (8-16 or 10-20mm). I have a Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 lens which sits on my Pentax K-7 body most of the time so the 30mm doesn’t get used a whole lot. So I decided to play a bit with it at home to see would I miss it. Any time I use it I realise that I like the lens a lot; it’s small, great for low light/very fast and creates great bokeh, even if I have to be close to my subject to get it. So, for the moment I think I won’t be selling it.

At the moment I think I’d like to add a wide angle and a macro lens to my collection and that I’d be happy with ‘my lot’ then. Although there’s always one more lens you want…

Anyway here’s Conor, he’s 1 1/2 now and loves cars, trucks, lorries and makes ‘lorry noises’ and gets excited anytime he sees one. He even doesn’t want to have his pjs taken off if they have a picture of a fire truck on them.

06 Oct

Hello, Hello, we are the Geordie boys

In d. People & Animals by admin / October 6, 2011 / 3 Comments

I was in Newcastle recently for a stag and we went to see (the high flying) Newcastle United in action. The Geordies are warm and friendly; here’s some photos of some supporters.

We had a good chat with this couple in The Strawberry, a pub opposite Saint James Park. They live in Stockport but have season tickets for Newcastle and travel six hour round trip for every Newcastle United home game! The man knew his football and had been to over eight Irish football stadiums in his time.

A couple eating the famous Geordie Pies before kickoff

I was going to leave out this photo (as it’s blurry) but I love the guys big head of hair so I’m including it…

29 Sep

It’s Grim Up North?

In d. People & Animals,i. Black&White by admin / September 29, 2011 / 0 Comments

The KLF sang that it’s grim up north but for Newcastle United it’s certainly not grim at the moment. They’re standing tall, 4th in the league and unbeaten in over 8 games. I was at their home game at Saint James Park where they beat Blackbun 3-0, with Ba scoring a hat-trick.

27 Sep

Walk This Way

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals,g.Colourful,h. Sport by admin / September 27, 2011 / 1 Comment

Legs shot from a recent Munster vs Connacht Schoolboys rubgy match at the Sportsground, Galway.

I arrived just as the match was finishing so didn’t get any action shots. I’m planning on going to a full rugby match soon in Galway to try out some proper sports shots with my new sports lens.

22 Sep

Essex Dogs

In d. People & Animals by admin / September 22, 2011 / 3 Comments

The good thing about taking a photo of a dog is that they (normally) don’t walk away from you or shy from the camera.

16 Sep

Smokers Delight

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals by admin / September 16, 2011 / 4 Comments

Smokers Delight

This is my favourite photo from my recent street photography adventure in Galway City. I asked him could I take his photo and he didn’t mind at all. He seemed very content; sitting outside a pub on Quay Street with a pint and a fag just watching the world go by. The album title Smokers Delight jumped into my head.

I posted two photos; one showing his pint and cigarette smoke, the other one cropped tighter. I prefer the un-cropped one. How about you, which do you prefer?
I think I like this street photography lark; it’s different than ‘normal’ photography. You don’t get time to compose, take multiple photos, check settings etc. It’s more off the cuff and it’s exciting to look through the photos at home with anticipation to see if I got any good photos. (Sad, aren’t I?)

Smokers Delight is a deliciously relaxed album from 1995 by Nightmares On Wax (a.k.a. George Evelyn or DJ EASE)

13 Sep

Your Face (Galway Street Photography)

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals by admin / September 13, 2011 / 0 Comments

Some more photos from my recent street walking adventures around Galway City. I found that sometimes if people notice me with my camera they keep looking at me, others ignore me and some walk away. This lot ignored me (thankfully).

11 Sep

I’ve Seen A Face, A Face In The Crowd

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals by admin / September 11, 2011 / 0 Comments

Browsing through my photographs recently I realised how few photos of Galway City I have despite the fact that I live in Galway. So I’m going to make a concerted effort to publish more photos of Galway; Galway City sights, Galway life and Galway people.

I’ve been reading and looking at Street Photography recently (Wikipedia:Street photography is a type of documentary photography that features subjects in candid situations within public places such as streets, parks, beaches) and like Eric Kim ( So these some of my attempts of the people of Galway. The woman in the first photo is a known character around Galway, she ‘chased’/followed me after I took her photo and rambled/threatened me. It’s a bit blurry but still a ‘keeper’.

I suppose any photo with a person in it (especially when they’re not posing) is like a snapshot from a story and the viewer gets a first impression of the person and even make assumptions as to what they’re like and up to.

You can read more about the characters around Galway onEoin Molloy’s website

01 Sep

Easy Like A Sunday Morning

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals,i. Black&White by admin / September 1, 2011 / 0 Comments

A man relaxing down by The Claddagh in Galway City. I’m beginning to convert a lot of photos to black and white, sometimes I wouldn’t have even thought about it if a photo is good but often they just look nicer in black and white. Maybe because there’s less colour to ‘distract’ your eyes.

Most photos I don’t frame online but this one just seemed nicer in a frame to me…

30 Aug

Swim, Swam, Swim

In d. People & Animals by admin / August 30, 2011 / 0 Comments

Some ladies swimming at Redbarn beach near Youghal, Cork

28 Aug

The truth is where the sculptor’s chisel chipped away the lie (Galway statues)

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals by admin / August 28, 2011 / 0 Comments

On the top of Shop Street, Galway there’s statue of Oscar Wilde, sitting on a bench in conversation with Estonian writer Eduard Wilde.
This is a copy of a statue that stands in Tartu in Estonia, and was presented to Galway to mark the occasion of Estonia joining the EU in 2004. The two men are unrelated and never actually met, though they were contemporaries.

A lot of tourists sit on the bench between them to get their photo taken, some ‘hobos’ like to sit there too and drink their tinnies.

25 Aug

Be Still Little Children

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals by admin / August 25, 2011 / 2 Comments

21 Aug

Get Your Kicks On (Rt 66)

In d. People & Animals,h. Sport by admin / August 21, 2011 / 2 Comments

An oldie but I’ve cropped it and like the result. Taken in Galway at a Galway United vs Malahide football game. I don’t remember if he scored or not.

12 Aug

And You Were Just A Face In The Crowd

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals by admin / August 12, 2011 / 0 Comments

My last set of photographs from The Galway Races Summer Festival 2011, some more portraits again.
Included is a funny one; a man with a kilt sitting down with his legs wide open giving a give under the kilt.

Chris Weld, son of Dermot Weld, Winner of the Chanelle Leading Trainer Award on Sunday at the Galway Races.

It’s all over for another year…

04 Aug

We Love All The People (Galway Races)

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals by admin / August 4, 2011 / 1 Comment

The title taken from They Might Be Giants song. In case you haven’t noticed all photos have a musical related title.
In between races at The Galway Races I took some photos of the people attending. The fact that I had a 70-200mm f2.8 lens helped me get close up shots without annoying people. Sunday at the Galway Races Summer Festival is the last day of the races and a lot of locals go, most of the tourists are heading home.

The guy on the left in the last shots looks like Victor Meldrew from the tv show One Foot in the Grave. He’s even got a sad/angry face on him.

30 Jul

Wild, Wild Life

In d. People & Animals,g.Colourful by admin / July 30, 2011 / 0 Comments

So I was on holidays for the past week or (a ‘staycation’, I don’t like the phrase but it fits) and we went on a family trip to Fota Wildlife Park. I didn’t get to take as many photos as I’d have liked to as I was there with our kids. I’d love to return sometime on my own so I could spent hours and hours taking loads of photos and sitting waiting to get the perfect cheetah photo.

I did get to ‘play’ with my new Sigma 70-200 f2.8 lens, which I’m delighted with.

17 Jul

Oh, I Believe in Yesterday

In d. People & Animals by admin / July 17, 2011 / 2 Comments

13 Jul


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02 Jul

The Birthday Party

In d. People & Animals by admin / July 2, 2011 / 0 Comments

It was Conor’s first birthday recently. As he’s only a toddler Emma and her cousin Grainne got to blow out the candles on his behalf. My wife made the lovely cake.

28 Jun

Every Dog Must Have It’s Day (Dulux Dog)

In d. People & Animals by admin / June 28, 2011 / 3 Comments

Dulux Dog

I did my first photo shoot last Saturday for my local hardware store. One of their attractions for the kids was Aslan, ‘the’ Dulux Dog instore. Kids had their chance to get a photo taken with him. I was surprised by the amount of people that turned up to get their photo taken; over 200. It was a relentless but fun day and I was getting a little bit worried that I’d run out of space on my 2 memory cards. But all was okay in the end. Here’s a few pictures of the start attracion- Aslan.

The Old English Sheepdog is the brand mascot for Dulux paint. The dog was first introduced in advertising campaigns in 1961. Since then they have been a constant and highly popular feature of Dulux television and print adverts wherever the paint is sold. So much so, that many people in those markets refer to the breed as a ‘Dulux dog’ rather than a Sheepdog.

Dulux Dog

Dulux Dog 2

Dulux Dog

Dulux Dog

13 Jun

Hit me, hit me, hit me quick

In d. People & Animals,h. Sport by admin / June 13, 2011 / 0 Comments

The Ring of Kerry was the 2011 venue for the Smirnoff Classic. A large field of 9 players took part, with 6 finishing.
Donal King was the winner with 35 points, playing off 8 handicap.

08 Jun

Roy’s Keen

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08 May

I wanna be in your gang, your gang, your gang.

In d. People & Animals by admin / May 8, 2011 / 0 Comments

I saw these bikers in a petrol station and wasn’t going to approach at first. After about ten minutes of will-I, won’t I I finally asked them if I could take some photos and they didn’t mind at all.They were very friendly, even thought they were on their way to a funeral.

Biker 4

10 Apr

Green (Ireland vs Macedonia)

In d. People & Animals,h. Sport by admin / April 10, 2011 / 1 Comment

These are the last set of photos from the recent Ireland vs. Macedonia Euro 2012 qualifier match in Dublin, Ireland- the leftovers. I don’t think they’re participially good or bad but are a bit ‘different’ so I decided to add them.

Guess who?

Guess who?

A sea of (empty) green:

Legs 11

Legs 11

05 Apr

It’s All For You (Ireland football fans)

In d. People & Animals by admin / April 5, 2011 / 0 Comments

Some of the Irish fans at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland for the Ireland vs Macedonia game. I arrived at the stadium early so wandered around with my camera. It was nice to see the stadium fill up (not to capacity) slowly and the people trickle in. You could see the happiness and excitement in the kids faces, it reminded me of when I was young(er) and used to visit Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Croke Park or other stadiums where the Cork hurling team were playing.

Ireland- the fans

Ireland- the fans

Ireland- the fans

Ireland- the fans

Ireland- the fans

02 Apr

Give him a ball and a yard of grass (Irleand vs Macedonia)

In d. People & Animals,h. Sport by admin / April 2, 2011 / 0 Comments


The line up

The line up 2


Team hug


Keen Robbie Keane

Free kick

Ireland celebrations after McGeady scored the opening goal against Macedonia.


29 Mar

Hit me! hit me! hit me! Hit me with your rhythm stick. Hit me slowly, hit me quick

In d. People & Animals,h. Sport by admin / March 29, 2011 / 0 Comments

Probably my favourite photo from the match.

Catch me if you can

28 Mar

I’m number one baby so why try harder (Macedonia football fans)

In d. People & Animals,h. Sport by admin / March 28, 2011 / 2 Comments

Ireland played Macedonia in a European Cup qualifier game at The Aviva stadium in Dublin, Ireland. Ireland won 2-1. There was a small but very colourful section of Macedonian fans. They were nice and friendly and even encouraged me to take their pictures.
There were no problems with bringing my dslr into the stadium and taking pictures. I was up in the premium level so maybe that made it okay. If I was sitting pitch side maybe the stewards would have told me to put it away. These are my first set of pictures from the game, next will be ‘before the game’, and lastly ‘the game’.

Mr. Sun

I’m number one baby so why try harder? This enthusiastic fan even asked me did I want to take a second picture of him to make sure I got a good one.

Eternal Sunshine of the Macedonian fan

14 Mar

P.E.O.P.L.E.C.I.T.Y (Limerick Photowalk)

In d. People & Animals by admin / March 14, 2011 / 0 Comments

Last Saturday I went on a Photowalk (and organised it) in Limerick City. 14 people turned up and despite the weather being dull, cloud and raining sporadically everyone seemed to enjoy it.

Thanks to everyone for turning up, to Patrick for planning the route and to Stephen from for helping promote it.

The highlight for me was the Milk Market, where I could have spent an hour or longer photographing. The place is bursting with life, characters and colour (and food, food, glorious food). Unfortunately we only had 20 mintues there but I still got some photos I was happy with there.

These are some faces from the walk, some of them were ‘photowalkers’ (is that a proper word?) , others locals.

I’ll be uploading more photos over the course of this week.

Beauty and the Beast:

A lovely seller with a lovely smile at her stall at The Milk Market

Taken from our trip to the “cute graveyard” (not my words):

Keeping his distan

Did I knock it over?

The girls-

The butcher of the Milk Market:


And the butcher’s lunch:


28 Feb

Stay Young (Baby Conor Collage)

In d. People & Animals by admin / February 28, 2011 / 2 Comments

A collage of baby Conor, now 11 months young. He was just after waking up so is still in his sleeping bag and has ‘morning hair’. He sat and looked around for a bit but then crawled over to try to eat my camera (center bottom picture). He’s at the age where EVERYTHING that he gets his little mitts on goes into his mouth.

Post title is the song title ‘Stay Young’ by Suede.

16 Feb

Push It, Push It Real Good (Corinthians vs Loughrea rugby)

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals,g.Colourful,h. Sport by admin / February 16, 2011 / 0 Comments

It’s game over man, it’s game over

18 Jan

Backstreet Boys

In d. People & Animals by admin / January 18, 2011 / 1 Comment

Backstreet Boys having a break in Barcelona

The staff of a Barcelona restaurant having a quick smoke break. I passed the side street and doubled back to ask them could I take a photo of them. I could have sat there for 10 minutes composing and taking many pictures but I haven’t approached people much asking to take their portraits. And the guy second from right was either pretending to appear pensive or wasn’t very comfortable (working illegally per chance?)

27 Nov

Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul

In d. People & Animals by admin / November 27, 2010 / 0 Comments

It's the first time Emma (3 and 1/2) has seen snow. She was delighted
to build her first snowman

a snowman built in Galway by my daughter