Kilmacanogue Horse Show

I attended the Annual Kilmacanogue Horse Show in Enniskerry a couple of weeks ago. This is my local show and I have always enjoyed it. All the money raised went to a long list of about ten charities. I try to attend this show every year if possible, as it is such a lovely event. I was only able to stay for a couple of hours this year. It is a great event to enter or just visit.

The settings I used for these shots were: ISO 100, F8, at 1/200 Sec at 50mm on a Canon 5D Mkii.

Bray Air Show

The Bray Air Show took place a couple of weekends again, I went on Saturday to take some photos. The view from the top of Bray Head was perfect, as the more than forty planes flew straight past you and sometimes below you too. I had never been to this air show before and I was impressed by the agility of these planes. This airshow is becoming one of the largest airshows in Europe. It is worth going to, if you get the opportunity. I tried to pan when I was taking these photos in an attempt to keep up with the aircraft.

The settings I used for this event were: ISO 800,F6.3 at 1/5000 sec, with a 500mm lens, on a Canon 5D Mkii.

Monkstown Castle

Another tour I took part in during the Summer of Heritage was one of Monkstown Castle. I was very familiar with this building, so I was curious as to learn about the history of the ruins. The first castle built here was built by the Cistercian Monks of St Mary’s Abbey at the centre of a large farm between the 14th and 15th centuries. When King Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries in 1539 Monkstown had a number of owners, including some high profile people in Irish history.  The Cheevers family (a French Norman family who also owned both Dalkey Castle and Bullock Harbour Castle), General Edmund Ludlow (Cromwell’s Master of the Horse in Ireland) and Michael Boyle, Primate, and Lord Chancellor of Ireland. This castle evolved from being a functional building to being a more grandiose residence. The Cheevers had the castle taken off them by Henry VIII, they had it returned to them later on, they moved back in for a while, but finally left it permanently. Today however, all that remains is the gatehouse and the 3 story tower, which once formed one side of a large hall. The tree you see in the bottom image was shown on a map of the area in the 1700’s.



Carrickbrennan Graveyard

As part of the Summer of Heritage, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown have opened up Carrickbrennan Graveyard for tours every Tuesday and Thursday. I joined one of the tours last week, and it was fascinating. I have passed the gate that leads to this location many, many times in the past without realising what it led to. I am glad that the mystery is solved. This is a small graveyard started by the Cistercian Monks in the 6th Century, that is packed with history and amazing stories. The line of Irish Yews leads you down through the centre of the graveyard. This site includes the ruins of a church and has a building that was used as a guardhouse for the security men that were hired by families of the descendants to watch for bodysnatchers for a few days after the deceased had been buried. I know, yuck! Grave robbing was a very profitable business at the time, and the proximity of Monkstown to the port of Dun Laoghaire meant that bodies could be easily and quickly shipped to England. There is a number of people buried here who died in maritime disasters, which include many of the 267 souls lost in the sinking of the ‘Rochdale’ and the 120 Soldiers that were lost on the ‘Prince of Wales’, both sinking occurred on the 19th of November 1807, as well as the crew of five from the ‘Ajax’, who were all swept out to sea with their Captain (John McNeil Boyd, buried in St. Patricks Cathedral, Dublin) on the 9th of February 1861. Roger Casement’s sister is also resting here, she died at the age of four, a few months before Roger was born. Another character who is located in this graveyard is Joseph Holt, who was a leader of the United Irishmen, he took part in the 1798 Rebellion in Wicklow. I am constantly fascinated by the history we pass by on a daily basis without realising it. The Cistercian Monks were also involved in Monkstown Castle, which will be the subject of a separate post.\

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Cardboard Gangsters

The IFI held a showing and Q&A of ‘Cardboard Gangsters’, and Irish made film. The film wasThe film is co written by John Connors and Mark O’Connor. The film was shot in 15 days in Darndale, Dublin. It was an enjoyable film, and very timely, given the present situation with Organised Crime Gangs in Dublin. Everyone involved with the film were patient with the questions been asked and with people wanting to speak with them after the film showing. All the people involved in the making of the film are Irish. The film is worth watching.


Sony Experience Day

I had the great privilege of attending the Sony Experience Day held in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, recently. The day was sponsored by Sony, ProPhoto Lighting Solutions, Conns Camera Shop, Pyia (our model for the day) and the very funny Will Stedman (Photographer). The aim of the day was to allow photographers to play with the featured equipment and to maybe pick up some tips too. I had a fantastic day, Will was a fantastic and inspiring educator, and Pyia was an amazing model to work with. I left the event with a million ideas for shoots running through my head, knowing that life was going to get very expensive over the next year or so. I hope the people who organised this amazing event, organise another one, as I can’t wait to attend again. Below are some of the photos I took with the Sony A9 with an 85mm lens that I borrowed for the day.