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20 Mar

Galway vs Dublin gaelic Division 1 league

In h. Sport by admin / March 20, 2018 / 0 Comments

Galway hosted Dublin in Pearse stadium, Salthill in Galway. Galway had already qualified for the Division 1 league final, Dublin only needing 1 point from their remaining 2 games. But this was still a hard hitting, competitive match.

Galway held a 5 point lead at halftime but with the wind in the second half Dublin powered back (don’t they always?) and looked like winning the match by going 0-13 to 0-12 up deep in injury time. The Dublin team then appeared to try to close the game down, I managed to capture some photos of the ‘action’:

Galway Dublin GAA fighting
 
Galway Dublin GAA fighting
 
Galway Dublin GAA fighting
 
Galway Dublin GAA fighting
 
Galway Dublin GAA fighting
 
Galway Dublin GAA fighting

Here’s some photos from the game itself to prove that a match took place as well…..

Galway vs Dublin GAA

Galway vs Dublin GAA

Galway vs Dublin GAA

Galway vs Dublin GAA

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Galway: Ronán Ó Beoláin; David Wynne, Seán Andy Ó Cellaigh, Eoghan Kerin; Gary O’Donnell (0-02), Johnny Duane, Cathal Sweeney; Thomas Flynn, Ciarán Duggan; Peter Cooke (0-02), Paul Conroy, Shane Walsh (0-01); Adrian Varley (0-01), Seán Armstrong, Barry McHugh (0-05, 0-03 frees, 0-01 ’45).

Subs: Eamonn Brannigan for Varley (41), Damien Comer (0-01) for Walsh (46), Johnny Heaney (0-01) for Cooke (50), Seán Kelly for Armstrong (57), Declan Kyne for Ó Ceallaigh (76, black card).

Dublin: Evan Comerford; Michael Fitzsimons, Philip McMahon, David Byrne; Eric Lowndes, John Small, Jonny Cooper (0-01); Michael Darragh MacAuley, James McCarthy; Ciarán Reddin, Ciarán Kilkenny (0-05), Paddy Andrews (0-01); Colm Basquel, Dean Rock (0-02, 0-02 frees), Paddy Small (0-01, 0-01 free).

Subs: Brian Fenton for Lowndes (half time), Cormac Costello (0-02, 0-02 frees) for Rock (48, black card), Conor McHugh (0-01, 0-01 free) for Reddin (50), Emmet Ó Conghaile for MacAuley (59), Eoghan O’Gara for Paddy Small (63), Andrew McGowan for John Small (67).

Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan).
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22 Jul

Pairc Ui Chaoimh

In h. Sport,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / July 22, 2017 / 0 Comments

Páirc Uí Chaoimh is a Gaelic games stadium in Cork, Ireland, home to Cork GAA. Pairc Ui Chaoimh stadium is located in Ballintemple and is built on the site of the original Cork Athletic Grounds. The venue opened in 1976, and underwent a significant redevelopment from 2015 to 2017. You can view images of the completed stadium on http://paircuichaoimh.ie/

I’m used to large crowds in Pairc Ui Caoimh on sunny summer Sundays seeing Cork yet win another hurling or football game (the glorious ’80s and ’90s). In 2011 I was walking with my son around the Atlantic Pond was allowed into the stadium to have a wander around. I know Pairc Ui Caoimh was opened in 1976, so you could call it an old stadium but I was still amazed at how small and dark the changing rooms were.

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.

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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)

03 Oct

American Football Abstract

In b. Abstract/Arty,h. Sport by admin / October 3, 2014 / 0 Comments

An abstract photo of UCF (University of Central Florida) taking a kick against Penn State at The Croke Park Classic at Croke Park, Dublin in September.
American football has a lot of fixed formation and lineouts. By using a slow shutter speed I managed to make the players look like a moving blur but also managed to capture the sense of power and speed.

American Football Abstract

25 Sep

UCF Knights- But All My Friends Are Playing

In h. Sport by admin / September 25, 2014 / 0 Comments

Just a little bit of fun from The Croke Park Classic; an American Football squad have up to 53 players and normally there’s groups of players together on the sideline. Here JJ Worton of the UCF Knights waits on the sideline at The Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland. The UCF Knights were beaten by Penn State in a thrilling American Football match.

jj worton

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21 Sep

Corinthians RFC vs Connemara RFC

In h. Sport by admin / September 21, 2014 / 1 Comment

If you try hard enough…sorry I couldn’t resist the pun.
Corinthians RFC played Connemara RFC in a thrilling Connacht J1A League Fixture in Galway today. Despite surging into an early lead Corinthians fought back to win a thrilling rugby game 23-22.

Below Corinthians score a quick try in the 2nd half to get themselves back into the game.

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Corinthians RFC

06 Sep

American Football Croke Park Classic

In h. Sport by admin / September 6, 2014 / 0 Comments

The Croke Park (American Football) Classic was held in Croke Park, Dublin where University of Central Florida hosted Penn State in the 2014 Season Opener. This was the first time UCF and Penn State have played outside the United States and several thousands of American fans made the trip over to Dublin for the event.

The climax of the game was very exciting; UCF took the lead with under 2 minutes left only for Penn State to win the game with a kick with 3 seconds on the clock.

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02 Sep

Penn State Nittany Lions at Croke Park Classic

In d. People & Animals,h. Sport by admin / September 2, 2014 / 0 Comments

Penn State Nittany Lions team leaving Croke Park pitch after the Croke Park Classic in Dublin against UCF Knights. Penn State won with a thrilling finish; scoring a field goal with 3 seconds.

Penn State Nittany Lions

09 Sep

All Ireland Hurling Final 2013 Cork vs Clare (Fight Like Apes)

In h. Sport by admin / September 9, 2013 / 0 Comments

All Ireland Hurling Final 2013

I was lucky enough to get a ticket for the All Ireland hurling final 2013 (for face value) on the morning of the match. I had my compact camera with me so only took a few ‘snaps’ before throw in and then put it away to enjoy the match.

Cork and Clare drew the fantastic match and will have to do it all again at the end of September.

All Ireland Final 2013 (3)
 
All Ireland Final 2013 (4)
 
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All Ireland Final 2013 (5)

Fight Like Apes is the (cool) name of an Irish alternative rock band

03 Sep

Semple Stadium, Tipperary (It’s a Long Way to Tipperary)

In h. Sport by admin / September 3, 2013 / 0 Comments

Semple Stadium, home to Tipperary GAA

The GAA is close to the heart of many Irishmen and women. Local GAA hurling and gaelic football clubs are in every village and town across Ireland are a great source of pride. Tipperary is the home of hurling and Semple Stadium is the home stadium to Tipperary GAA. Semple Stadium is where Tipperary play their (great) hurling and football. Located in Thurles, County Tipperary, it is the second largest stadium in Ireland (after Croke Park), with a capacity of 53,000. Opened in 1926, it hosted many memorable Munster Hurling Finals.

I remember being present at the 1987 Munster final with my father. We watched in anguish as Nicky English lost his hurley but managed to dribble the sliothar with his foot and kick it past the mighty Cork goalkeeper Ger Cunningham to help Tipperary earn a draw. Tipperary went on to demolish Cork in extra time of the replay and win by 3 goals. (I’m from Cork, who used to be a strong hurling team. Currently they’re in a state of transition.)

The colours of Tipperary are blue and yellow and these colours are reflected throughout Semple Stadium. Normally Semple stadium is packed with fans so people don’t get a chance to see the beauty of the empty stadium; it’s strong colours, patterns and designs of the stadium. These photographs were taken with a smartphone, proving the phrase that the best camera you have is the one you have with you. I was driving through Thurles and was lucky that the stadium was open, allowing me in.

Semple Stadium field of dreams

Semple Stadium Old Stand Ardan O Coinneain

Semple Stadium seats

Semple Stadium New Stand- Ardan O Riain seats

terrace Semple Stadium Town End terrace

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Tipperary GAA

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Semple Stadium panoramic view from Town End terrace

Semple Stadium pitch

Semple Stadium terrace

OTHER GAA STADIUMS I’VE PHOTOGRAPHED

To date I’ve photographed three empty GAA stadiums in Ireland (Galway’s Pearse stadium and Cork’s Pairc Ui Chaoimh). I hope to photograph some more over the next few years. Ironically Croke Park, the largest and most modern GAA stadium in Ireland, I found very plain and uninteresting to photography.

  • Click here to see my photographs of Pairc Ui Chaoimh, home to Cork GAA.
  • Click here to see my photographs of Pearse Stadium, home to Galway GAA.

It’s a Long Way to Tipperary‘ is a world famous song written by Jack Judge. It was allegedly written a 5 shilling (old Irish money denomination) bet in January 1912 and performed the next night at the local music hall.

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
 
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Galway Races off

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

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.

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The Galway Races

Running On Empty is a song by Jackson Browne

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.

09 Apr

Brussels Skateboarding Park (Heaven Is a Halfpipe)

Brussels Skateboarding Park

During my recent holiday in Brussels I came across a skateboarding park and snapped some photos of the kids hanging out there.
I returned two days later with my sports lens and some dedicated time to capture the skateboarders in action. But, unfortunately there was only a few very young kids there and they weren’t throwing any great shapes. Still, I like the vibe in these photos and think I caught the ‘too cool for school’ attitude of the kids.

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brussels skateboard park

brussels skateboarding park

Heaven Is A Halfpipe is a song by OPM

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.

05 Sep

Wicked Game (The Art of making a hurley stick )

In h. Sport by admin / September 5, 2012 / 1 Comment

Hurling.

The quickest field game in the world.I spent a weekend in Kilkenny recently and on Sunday morning was wandering around Kilkenny Castle grounds. There was a small marque set up and a hurley (camán in Irish) maker inside showing how a hurley is made. Tom O’ Donoghue was his name, a very friendly guy who showed us the process of making a hurley- from the block of wood, the tools used to cut and finish it off. A very interesting process.

Hurling is an outdoor team game of ancient Gaelic origin, administered by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Hurling has prehistoric origins, has been played for at least 3,000 years and is thought to be the world’s fastest field team game in terms of game play.
Hurleys are made from ash wood, the base of the tree near the root is the only part used.

Post title taken from a song “Wicked Games” by Chris Isaac, which featured in David Lynch’s dark film Wild At Heart

01 Sep

If everybody had an ocean (Lahinch surfing)

In f. Nature & Sky,h. Sport by admin / September 1, 2012 / 1 Comment

Lahinch is a nice small town in county Clare, at the head of Liscannor Bay. Lahinch beach is 2km long & is busy all summer long. It’s also an extremely popular destination for surfers as it gets big waves. I try to visit Lahinch frequently; it has nice pubs, great food (you must try the fish and chips in Vaughans, Lisconnor which is 2km away from Lahinch).

I took this photo from the top of Milltown Malbay road, which overlooks the beach. In the panoramic photo of Lahinch Beach you can see the water littered with surfers and budding surfers. Click on the image to view a larger sized photo.

Post title is taken from the song “Surfin USA” by The Beach Boys.

09 Jul

Fitter. Happier (Cope Galway Traithlon 2012)

In d. People & Animals,h. Sport by admin / July 9, 2012 / 1 Comment

The Cope Galway Triathlon took place on Sunday, 8th of July in Salthill, Galway. Geraghty Ruaidhri, pictured below, won with a time of 1 hour and 6 minutes

Post title is the song title of a stunning song by Radiohead, taken from their amazingly great album “OK Computer”.

12 May

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks, You better run, better run, outrun my gun…

In h. Sport by admin / May 12, 2012 / 0 Comments

This is the second series of photographs of my new runners- VIVOBAREFOOT Evo.

The second photograph shows how breathable the runners are; the photograph on the right shows a macro of one of the hexagons. You can see that it’s made up of some kind of overlapping material with miniature holes which allow my foot to keep cool. The third photograph shows how flexible they are. And the last one just mucking about with Picasa settings.

Post title is taken from the song “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People. For me it was the feelgood hit of last summer.

The first series of the photographs can be found here

20 Mar

Have you seen him go, though, oh? Boy Racer

In h. Sport by admin / March 20, 2012 / 3 Comments

I had great, great fun last week at go-karting at the Indoor Go-Karting track at Liosban, Galway. It was the most fun I’ve had in a while, more like bumpers than go-karting and anything went; bumping, cutting in etc. Must try it again soon.

Post title is taken from the song ‘Boy Race’ by the great, great Morrissey.

05 Mar

Let’s Get Ready To Rumble

In a. Galway,h. Sport by admin / March 5, 2012 / 1 Comment

The last set of photographs in my series from Pearse stadium home to Galway GAA hurling and football.
I particularly like the ‘Sales Office’ photo.

Post title Let’s Get Ready To Rumble taken from the song ‘Lets Get Ready To Rumble’ by Ant and Dec and also used in many sports, mainly boxing before big fights.

01 Mar

Play It Low Into Joe ( Pearse Stadium Galway GAA )

In a. Galway,h. Sport by admin / March 1, 2012 / 4 Comments

Last summer I wandered into Pairc Ui Caoimh, Cork GAA stadium when it was empty and took photographs of the empty stadium. So I called into Pearse Stadium, Salthill, home to Galway GAA. The stadium manager kindly allowed me to walk around taking photographs . Here’s the first set of photos, more to follow soon.

Not Men But Fír

The changing rooms were surprisingly extremely large, there was even a physio room and warm up room. Compare this to the changing rooms that Cork GAA have-

My second set of photographs from Pearse Stadium can be found here

Title taken from the song ‘Play It Low Into Joe’ by The Cash Strapped Johns

08 Feb

I get knocked down but I get up again

In h. Sport by admin / February 8, 2012 / 2 Comments

It took me a while to think of a suitable music related title for these photos as I don’t know many songs that refer to bowling. And then it struck me, this title is about the bowling balls. Song by Chumbawamba

Bowling

Bowling shoes

Bowling shoes 2

23 Nov

Oh To Be, Oh To Be, Oh To Be A Rebel

In g.Colourful,h. Sport,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / November 23, 2011 / 3 Comments

This is my second set of photos from Páirc Ui Chaoimh, home to Cork GAA hurling and football.
These photos some an empty stadium and shows the patterns and colours on the stand and terrace, which is normally hidden/covered by fans.
The last photo isn’t staged, Conor saw the flag, ran over and started waving it.

Here’s the link to my first set of photos from ‘The Park’ (Páirc Úi Chaoimh).

You’re always so calm and so cool,
Donal Óg just knows what to do,
Mulchay, Muphy, The Rock,
Will just play each minute on the clock.

Sean Og, Ronan and John,
They will just sting you along,
They’re just sheer class on the grass,
Rebels, we watch as they pass.

Gerry O Conor will leave you for dead,
Tom Kenny, he’ll fix you then
The attack starts all over again,

McCarthy wheels at you,
And Neil Ronan he knows what to do,
All they have to do is keep hurling at you.

Oh to be, oh to be, oh to be a Rebel,
We love ye Rebels, you’re so slick and so sharp,
We love ye Rebels with every beat of our heart,
We’ll follow Rebels all the way to Croke Park.

Lyrics taken from here, thanks to cathalosull21. It’s a slightly outdated song now but is from when Cork hurling was at it’s pinnacle (in recent times).

09 Nov

Where We Sported And Played- Pairc Ui Chaoimh

In h. Sport,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / November 9, 2011 / 2 Comments

Pairc Ui Caoimh stadium, home to Cork GAA

Pairc Ui Caoimh a Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) stadium in the Ballintemple area of Cork in Ireland, where major hurling and Gaelic football matches are played and home of Cork GAA. Pairc Ui Caoimh had an original capacity of about 50,000, however, this capacity has been progressively reduced because of safety regulations to the current figure of 43,500.

I’m used to large crowds in Pairc Ui Caoimh on sunny Sundays in the summer and seeing Cork win another hurling or football game. I was walking with Conor, my son there a weekend over the summer and was allowed into the stadium to have a wander around. I know Pairc Ui Caoimh is an old stadium but I was amazed at how basic the changing rooms are (see 2nd last photo).

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.

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.

07 Aug

Yeah, Well I ride em high and ride em low

In a. Galway,h. Sport by admin / August 7, 2011 / 1 Comment

2nd set of photos from the Gawlay Races Summer Festival (the leftovers?)

03 Aug

Horsey, Horsey don’t you stop, Just let your feet go clipity clop

In a. Galway,h. Sport by admin / August 3, 2011 / 0 Comments

Here’s some photos from the Galway Races Summer Festival. It was only my second outing with my Sigma 70-200 f2.8 sports lens so I’m still getting to grips with it.

They’re far from great, not even that good. I was there for 2 races only (free in for last two races) so I didn’t have much time to plan where to stand etc. So most of the photos are from the same vantage point.

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.

27 Apr

Race for the Prize

In b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful,h. Sport by admin / April 27, 2011 / 1 Comment

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

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

Ready

The line up

The line up 2

Steady

Team hug

GO

Keen Robbie Keane

Free kick

Ireland celebrations after McGeady scored the opening goal against Macedonia.

Goal

01 Apr

Wise Men Say Only Fools Rush In (Ireland vs. Macedonia UEFA Qualifier)

In b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful,h. Sport by admin / April 1, 2011 / 0 Comments

I tried my hand at a few abstract photos at the recent Ireland vs. Macedonia game in Dublin.
One reason is because I was sitting far away from the pitch it limited the amount of ‘proper’ sport action photos that I could take so I though I’ll try something else. I have three photos here, the first one is my favourite, I feel that it kind of convays the burst of energy when Robbie Keane is sprinting for the ball.

Exposure 1/6th of a second to achieve the blurry effect

The last two aren’t even that good I think but I’m just posting them anyway to show what I was trying to do with them. If I could have zoomed in on a player closer and kept him sharper/in focus then I think they’d be better.

Ireland's goalkeeper about to lauch the ball forward

Goal mouth action

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

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

13 Jun

Run, run young man (Galway Triathlon)

In a. Galway,b. Abstract/Arty,h. Sport by admin / June 13, 2010 / 0 Comments
Blur runnint

A swimmer getting ready to stop and change over for the cycling leg of the Galway Triathlon.

05 Jun

0-0 After Extra Time

In b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful,h. Sport by admin / June 5, 2010 / 0 Comments

31 May

A Rush and a Push and the Land Is Ours

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals,h. Sport by admin / May 31, 2010 / 0 Comments

No pain, no gain

Tug of war pain

Howdy Partner A spectator at the Tug of War

Howdy Partner

26 May

I want to ride my bicycle (FBD Insurance bicycle race)

In h. Sport by admin / May 26, 2010 / 0 Comments

The FBD Insurance RÁS Cycle Race is an 8 Day International Cycle Race around Ireland. I took these pictures at the Galway leg of the race but found photographing them tougher than I expected- the riders were grouped and ‘gone in 60 seconds’ (or less). So I didn’t really have much time for trial and error, seeing what the best settings were, where to stand etc. I took a lot of photos and was happy with these ones.

I shot with a 55-300 standard lens and stood in a roundabout at the cresent of a hill, which was good for when they were coming up the hill and not racing as quickly as normal. Ideally, it’d be great if they were doing a few circuits and if I had a 70-200 f2.8 lens (someday).

I want to ride my bicycle

FBD Insurance bicycle race Galway 2

05 Mar

(Just) Do It

In d. People & Animals,h. Sport,i. Black&White by admin / March 5, 2010 / 0 Comments

Winter running

05 Mar

Parklife (Galway Greyhound Track)

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals,h. Sport by admin / March 5, 2010 / 3 Comments

I was at the Galway Greyhound track last night. It”s very hard to get a good shot of the dogs (they”re so quick and I didn’t have a fast zoom lens). These are my best shots from the evening. I’ll go back again once I have an (expensive) fast zoom (70-200 f2.8 hopefully)

Dog Track

Greyhound racing at Galway

An old man studying the form at the Galway greyhound track

17 Dec

Oh Manchester, so much to answer for (Old Trafford, Manchester United)

In h. Sport,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / December 17, 2009 / 0 Comments

I took this (with a standard compact) on a tour of Old Trafford (Theatre of Dreams), home stadium to football team Manchester United. I found it a very interesting tour. But then again I enjoy football stadium tours in general because it allows me to ask multiple questions and you get to learn some interesting trivia and facts ( the rainwater that falls on the roofs is ‘recycled’ and used for the toilets).

20 Sep

Blue Skies

In a. Galway,f. Nature & Sky,g.Colourful,h. Sport by admin / September 20, 2009 / 2 Comments

Colours

Taken with my IPhone (all I had on me at the time), it came out surprisingly well. Nothing is in sharp focus but it’s still nice and colourful. The course is Carnmore Golf Club.