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.
At the beginning of this month the annual Liffey Swim took place. This is an event that was made famous by a Jack B Yeats painting. 400 people swam from the Guinness Factory to the Custom house in two groups. The men’s group went first and the women’s group went second.
There were people standing on the bridges over the river, for the length of the race route, who encouraged the swimmers as they passed. People passing by would stop to look at this impressive, old tradition taking place.
This was yet another thing that I had previously meant to come and watch, so I can finally say I did it. I am so pleased that I got to take some photos of the event.
I always try to go along to the Leinster or Irish Rugby Open Training Sessions. The last one was held in Greystones Rugby Club at the beginning of this month. It is a very enjoyable couple of hours.
Normally, You get to watch the team train for an hour or so, and then the players take time with the crowd to sign autographs and take selfies with the fans. I love this element of the event, as you can see how much it means to the crowd to meet their idols.
The players always have a word or two for the gathered fans and are amazing with the children present.
These events are normally advertised at short notice, so if you want to go to one, you need to watch the Rugby Social Media Accounts. They are held at various clubs around the Province and Country. All the Provincial Clubs do this, so, if you follow Munster, Ulster or Connaught, you can attend a similar Open Training Session.
Thank you to Leinster Rugby for holding another wonderful day.
I was at one of the Motorbike Track Days that Mondello Racetrack runs. It was interesting to watch the bikers tuning their bikes, and watching them drive around the track.
This track day is incredibly well run, with two ambulances and two travelling advanced paramedics looking after the bikers. The Safety Briefing is detailed and you have to attend it every day that you want to go on track.
Mondello is a very technical track, so the bikers need to pay attention to what is happening on the track, both in relation to the other bikers and the track itself.
The RDS Horseshow was held last week, this is one of my favourite Summer annual events and I always try to go to it. The horses are gorgeous and the atmosphere is fantastic.
The highlight for me, is always the Showjumping, and this year the Riders and Horses were as spectacular as always. It is always a pleasure to see the retired racehorses, who have now become riding horses.
The logistics in organising an event like this, must be something else. Between the needs of the horses, riders, health and safety, vendors, customers, as well as the different classes, groups, rings….