Barnhall Babes' true grit in training session

No doubt many cold, dark, damp nights went into the preparations for their big game.

The Barnhall Babes at an intense training session in the lead up to their Leinster Final clash with Gorey in Donnybrook back in April.

Bloomsday in Dublin 2016

I took a ramble through the streets of Dublin on 16th June to join with lovers of James Joyce and this fair city. Such hats, such craic!

My first stop was Sweny's Pharmacy, the beautiful shop that is still intact from Joyce's time in Dublin. You can still buy lemon soap there, just as Bloom did in Ulysses. Over to Kennedy's next, then on to Davy Byrne's where there was fierce style to behold outside it and the Bailey!

I just missed the musicians who were leaving Mulligan's of Poolbeg Street when I got there. There wasn't much stir in the Gresham so I saluted the James Joyce statue before going for a nice sit-down. Walking around town would wreck you.


ITT Dublin Creative Digital Media Graduate Show at Rua Red

Students of the media degree course at ITT Dublin launched their end of year show at Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, recently.

This year saw the introduction of prestigious awards and the winners are photographed below.
High five to Molly Hughes and her colour-co-ordinated family!

Honourees: Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award, Matthew Fitzgerald, Outstanding Contribution to Multimedia Award, Alex Murphy, Students Choice Award winner Emma Mullan, Outstanding Contribution Award, Emily Phelan, Outstanding Contribution to Film Award, Molly Hughes, and Daniel Lloyd, Alumni Honouree Award recipient with representatives from ITT Dublin.

The Life and Times of Fanny Hill

Back when I was living in Bristol, legendary actress and all-round hilarity Caroline Quentin came to town to perform at the Bristol Old Vic theatre.

I met the cast in dress rehearsal for press photographs before they began their run, and later my Mam and I went to see the show once it opened. It was as bold, bawdy and saucy as we'd hoped, and more! And I couldn't repeat the conversation the ladies were having over their sewing. Shocking.

D4 Dreaming

An evening stroll along the Grand Canal, dreaming of living in darling Dublin 4.

The red brick, the reeds, the character... you get the idea!

Dream big and dare to fail

Proclamation Day at Coláiste Bríde in Clondalkin (where I was a pupil) was a really special moment for all present.

It was a particularly poignant moment for Patricia Harrington, who was given the honour of raising the flag along with students Katrina Duma, Roberta Vysniauskaite and Song Zi Wei.

Patricia is the eldest member of staff, having recently celebrated her 79th birthday, and she has served the school for 37 years. 

Mrs. Harrington, as we call her, taught me organic gardening (Michelle Obama's forerunner!) and choir classes a long time ago, and she is still going strong. She insisted we get hard-backed notebooks for choir, a good lesson in itself to buy beautiful stationary that will last. On our first day with our fresh A4 notebooks, Mrs. Harrington instructed us to write a quote in the inside cover where we would see it often: "Dream big and dare to fail" - Norman Vaughan. Thanks Miss. Legend.

School Principal Marie-Therese Kilmartin addressed the gathering, giving a special shout-out to her rebels! A gang of rebels burst into classrooms earlier in the day and claimed them for the Irish Republic. The Transition Year girl gang brought history to life. Go girls!

Quirky, laid back riverside wedding

It has been a year since this beautiful couple's wedding and I was honoured to photograph it. Happy anniversary Lizzi and Victor! May your lives together continue to be filled with the joy and laughter of your wedding day.

They had the most chilled out day, surrounded by family and friends. Married in the church around the corner from their home in Bristol, the party proceeded to take a leisurely boat trip from the city to the cute Beesie's Tea Gardens. Dinner and dancing took place under a marquee and the whole affair was a perfect reflection of the happy couple: cool, thoughtful and fun.

The beautiful bouquets were put together with blooms from places special to the couple, and the bunting was specially commissioned by the Mother of the Bride in South Africa, who ironed each and every triangle for the Big Day!

© Pearl Phelan

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