Friday, April 28, 2006

End of the year

Last day of lectures today, the warm evening sun and a beer at the forum bar... what more could one ask for?!

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Smedias update

Playing with slow flash
4 generations of Observer Editors!
Paper of the year team!

Had a great night last night at the smedias, good company, good presenter as well! I didn't pick up the photography award, but not dissapointed at all, I was delighted to be nominated in the first place. We won paper of the year, which is very satisfying as that's our collective effort being better than everyone elses ;)

well done to Nathalie and Sorcha particularly, and thanks for all the work during the year.

Monday, April 24, 2006

One from the archives

I haven't had a chance to get the camera out in the last couple of days, so I decided to bring out one my favourite older ones. This could yet become a regular feature...

This particular one is looking out over a cliff in Kerry, just after I got my first digital camera. The writing reads 'ostramondra'. I am yet to find out what it means, if anyone out there knows, please to leave a comment!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

The Smedia awards night is on this Wednesday, should be good fun! Here are the pictures that I entered for news photographer. I don't neccesarily think that they're the best pictures I had published this year, but they fall more clearly under the 'news' category than most of the others.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

UCD Ball

The inaugural UCD ball was on last night. I managed to secure a press pass at the last minute which was great. We were able to go right up to the front between the crowd and the stage, which was an interesting experience. At first I found the lighting very tricky to get photos in, it changes very quickly, and part of a face for example can be much brighter than the other part, so you have to pick your moment carefully. Still as with most of these things it got easier as the night went on. Here are a couple of samples from the BellX1 set.


Just thought I'd let everyone know that I got nominated for the student media news photographer of the year award. I'm really happy naturally! :)

Friday, April 21, 2006

Sunday, April 16, 2006


Amazing how close they can fly to each other!
Taken from work with a normal lens, they were flying very low too.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006


Sometimes I see an interesting skyline, but annoyingly have no way of getting somewhere that it would really make look good. Yesterday was one of those days, with a beautiful sunset going on, but only my back garden to look out on it from!
Hopefully I'll get a few sunsets/ sunrises like this when I go to America at the start of the summer.

Monday, April 10, 2006

1916 commeoration should never have gone ahead

A version of this article will appear in tomorrow's editition of the University Observer.

This Easter the government have decided to commemorate the 1916 rising with a military parade for the first time in 40 years. It’s the wrong decision, being made for the wrong reasons. It bears all the signs of a Fianna Fail party struggling to come to terms with the threat posed to it by Sinn Fein, and in doing so abusing their position of power in government to impose a one sided reading of history on the Irish people. Anyone who doubts that this is a move spurred on by political motives need only look to where this new commemoration was announced; the Fianna Fail Árd Fheis. Party conferences are always designed in such a way as to garner as much attention and good publicity to the party as is possible for the year going forward. As such an announcement of the commemoration at the Árd Fheis can only be seen to be Fianna Fail putting themselves to the fore, and trying to use their position in government to associate themselves primarily with the legacy of 1916.

The problem with such a celebration is that it creates a hierarchy of historical remembrance. It is the government singling out one event, to the detriment of others and saying that this is the most important action in Irish History. Although there is no doubt that the actions of 1916, and the resulting executions, set in momentum the series of events that led to a (divided) Irish independence, there are others serious historical moments that cannot be remembered and celebrated if the government choose to honour 1916 in this way. In Ireland there are two opposing historical traditions that both sought to garner freedom for the Irish people. These are constitutional nationalism, and physical force nationalism. There is an exclusivity of commemoration pertaining to these movements. Although they shared a similar aim, they were diametrically opposed in method. We have been told in the lead up to the 1916 commemoration that all will be remembered, but this is a deceit.

Any attempt to argue that a commonality of end goal between the two, means that we can celebrate both, misses the historical reality of the situation. The methods that they chose to use were everything in dividing them. To say that we can celebrate both would be much like somebody in 60 years time honouring both the IRA, and the wider populous of Ireland who favoured reunification and a united Ireland during the troubles. Yes, the aim was a common one; a united Ireland, but the means used to try and bring this about are the important real world factor that clearly divided the wider populous from the actions of a few.

It is not, nor will it never be, possible to have an equal celebration of the others who died during the period of the 1916 rising, if the main focus of the celebration is the 1916 rising, and the reading of the proclamation. There is an intellectual deceit in saying that commemorating them at the same time ends a ‘commemorative apartheid‘, an opinion expressed recently by Liz Mc Manus. In fact it serves to emphasise the divisions that there are historically between the different sections of Irish History. By seeking to remember those who died in the Somme and those who fought constitutionally for Ireland under the banner of a 1916 commemoration, the government are clearly placing them as subservient events to the rising. That is a disservice to the Irish people; no government should seek to commemorate an event that will lead to a specific reading of history where it would be better to allow people to reach their own conclusions. The irony of having the 1916 commemoration march down O'Connell Street should not go un-noted. The rising cannot ever be commemorated (a word which associates itself not just with remembrance, but also with celebration) alongside the constitutional movement, and those who also fought and died for Ireland in their tens of thousands at the Somme. They are mutually exclusive historical entities, and celebrating one can only ever be done to the detriment of the other, unless one seeks to re-write history.

As an example of this, 1916 was a betrayal of those who fought and died in their tens of thousands in the Somme. The ‘Gallant allies in Europe’ alluded to in the proclamation were the Germans. At the time of the rising 300,000 young Irish men were fighting in the British army at the request of their freely elected leaders, Redmond at the fore. The fact that the leaders of 1916 attempted to get weapons from the Germans is now generally overlooked. However there is a clear argument to say that this betrayal means that one should not look favourably on the 1916 rising. That is a decision that should be left open to each individual to make, and a government organised commemoration of the rising naturally propagates one side of the argument, instead of facilitating debate. To say that we should commemorate both is an even greater mistake, you simply cannot marry to two in any way.

Some of the arguments surrounding the parade are that it is reclaiming nationalism, and making people revise their opinions on the situation. However this really will not be the case, the army march is something that people will see, as an endorsement of 1916 in its totality. In seeing that Sinn Fein and the IRA have for years used 1916 for their own ends, we need to look hard at why that is the case. There is certainly a strong argument to be made that they use it, not in a distorted way, but in one that was entirely consistent with the aims of the 1916 leaders. The basic premise of the 1916 action was that a small group of leaders are vindicated in taking a violent action, and then retrospectively allowing people to make of that what they will. This was exactly the logic of the IRA before they disarmed, and to say that they were distorting the legacy of 1916 is actually facetious. 1916’s legacy supports a small group of individuals taking an action that they feel to be in the national interest regardless of whether they have support at the time. That’s a very dangerous legacy for a government to associate itself with.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Pigeon House near sunset

I took a walk while on my tea break from work yesterday on Sandymount Strand. As normal the camera was with me. This was about the best I got, not amzing, but one of those photos that reminds me of a landmark that I intrinsically associate with being at home. Seeing the chimneys while flying back or on the HSS never fails to remind me that this is where I belong!

Thursday, April 06, 2006


Today I managed to track down a copy of Tuesday's Evening Herald. They ran the photo of Anthony being thrown in the lake. It's my first photo printed in the national press so I'm pretty happy! Annoyingly though they didn't credit me in spite of that being the condition upon which I gave the photos to the press officer from MCD so I shall be lodging my complaint with her about it.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Smedia awards

Nominations for the student media awards were sent in today. These are the three that I entred for the 'general photographer' category. I think that they're about the best photos I've taken around UCD, the aim was to try and show that there's a nicer side to the Bellfield Campus, as well as the dull grey buildings that most people would associate with it.

Monday, April 03, 2006

UCD Ball Photo shoot.

The promtional photo shoot for the UCD ball was on this afternoon, and featured a particularly daring Anthony throwing himself into the lake several times for the sake of the cameras, and then the assembled onlookers, no doubt attracted by some free lunch time entertainment.