IFI 25th Anniversary

I had the pleasure of being a tiny part of the IFI’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations in 2017. President Michael D Higgins and his Wife Sabine were the Special Guests for the evening. Patrick Bergman the actor was also there, I did not realise who he was until he was pointed out to me, and I had already taken his photo with his two friends. It was a fun evening and I wish the IFI many more years of success, it is a wonderful asset for us to have.

Should you wish to book tickets for any of the events at the IFI please go to http://www.ifi.ie.

IFI – Lovers & the Despot Q&A
Cardboard Gangsters
IFI -Land of the Enlightened
IFI -Rocky Road to Dublin Q&A
IFI – Mattress Men Q&A
IFI – Childhood of a Leader Q&A
IFI – 66 Days of Bobby Sands
Mom & Me at the IFI
Where to Invade Next


Will St Ledger Street Art Tour

I attended a two hour long Street Art Tour led by Will St Ledger, in conjunction with Air B&B. I found Will’s Tour to be incredibly interesting and informative and learnt a lot about Street Art, how to read it, the history of Street Art in Ireland, as well as about the conversations that the Artist wishes to engage in with the viewer. My eyes were opened and I saw things that I had not seen before, even though I have passed them many times. Of all the pieces that I took photos of on the Tour, the three below were some of my favourites. Will gave the participants on the Tour a Print of his work at the end of the event, which was exceptionally kind and sincerely appreciated.

If you would like to attend this Tour, which costs €30, please go to the AirB&B.ie/experiences to book a place.

ThunderRoad Cafe

Thunder Road Cafe is a fun American themed Restaurant that has been in the heart of Templebar in Dublin for the last 21 years. The food is incredible and the staff are lovely people. ThunderRoad is always worth visiting. If you are there around 9pm, everyone dances to YMCA. There is so much to look at in ThunderRoad from the Motorbikes to pieces of music history.

Here is the website for ThunderRoad should you wish to know more: http://www.thunderroadcafe.com/


Manor Kilbride Long Exposure

Manor Kilbride is an incredibly photogenic location during the Autumn months. This year, a group of us from Offshoot Photographic Society visited the area. I used some long exposure techniques to blur the water and to catch some movement in the leaves in the trees. On this particular day, the sky was flat grey, so I tried to make sure that the sky did not feature in the images. This location is always worth returning to as it is one of my favourite locations for Autumn colours in Wicklow. Next time I go I will venture further upstream to see what I can photograph there.


Liffey Descent Race

The Liffey Descent is an annual Canoe Race that is held on the Liffey, with increasing numbers of people taking part annually. This event has been on my to shoot list for the longest time, and I was thrilled to be able to attend this year. I will return, to try to improve on the photos that I took this year, as I have some ideas that I would like to try.

Touch Rugby Summer Draft
Liffey Swim
Kilmacanogue Horse Show
RDS Horseshow
Women’s 7s Rugby
Bar Monkey Acrobats
Mondello Motorbike Track Day
Leinster Rugby Open Training Session

Wild Lights

According to the Dublin Zoo Website, Wild Lights is ‘a must-see experience this festive season’, this, in my opinion, is correct. I did not know what to expect from this event, and, it is safe to say that I was blown away by the skill in making such huge, delicate and detailed handmade Chinese silk plants and animals. The two dragons, pictured below, were able to move their heads. I thought I was going to be at the zoo for maybe an hour, however, I actually left three hours later. The photos below are just a tiny example of some of the amazing things that are on display in the Zoo until January 7th, 2018. If you can go and see it, I would highly recommend doing so. It was a pleasure to walk around and hear both adults and children delight as they looked at the pieces. You really do need to see these creations, they are fantastic.

I have included the website, should you wish to book tickets to go and see this event: https://dublinzoo.ie/wildlights/