Golden Jubilee – Msgr. Ned Goold, PP, Midleton

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Msgr. Eamonn (Ned) Goold, PP Midleton, celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood in 2015 and, on 26th September 2015, he celebrated a special mass for the occasion at the Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Midleton, which was followed afterwards by a social gathering at the Midleton Park Hotel.

As the occasion drew near, ideas for a suitable presentation to mark the occasion, were discussed among the organisers. This brought East Cork Camera Group into the story as it was felt that an image of the Holy Rosary Church, a building that means quite a lot to Msgr. Goold, would be very appropriate. ECCG member, Michael Fenton, floated the idea to us and we were quite sure we would have an image to suit in our archive as we had photographed the church only twelve months earlier.

On Saturday 11/10/2014, during our Photo Walk in Midleton, Msgr. Goold was kind enough to allow us photograph the interior of the church and was in the gallery beside us when ECCG member, Finbarr O'Shea made the image below, a striking and faithful rendering of the beautiful building.


The decision was made and, before long, the image was enlarged on a 24" gallery-style design with appropriate text and finished with a golden frame which picked up the tones in the image and echoed the significance of the occasion. The presentation was made by Noel Ryan of the Midleton Parish Pastoral Council.

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East Cork Camera Group is honoured to be associated with the event and wish Msgr. Goold the very best of good health and happiness for the future.

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ECCG members, Denis Barry, Anthony O'Connor, Finbarr O'Shea and Michael Fenton were delighted to attend and photograph both the mass and social gathering, from which, a full gallery of images can be seen by clicking here. Enjoy!



How I took that Shot – Finbarr O’Shea

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Finbarr O'Shea took second place in Grade A in our recent 'Summer Fun' competition with this fantastic family fun moment. This is how it came about:

I chose this shot for the recent group competition "Summer Fun" which I took at Fota Gardens, where my two granddaughters, two sons and myself went for a picnic.

Soon after, the fun started with rolling down the hills on the lawn, racing one another and jumping to see who could jump the highest.

I was hoping to do some macro photography but it was not to be as I was nominated to take the pictures. At least I didn't have to do any jumping!

A few weeks later I was looking for a shot for the competition and thought maybe the jumping shot at Fota might fit the bill.

Taken with a Canon 6D with a 100mm Canon macro lens set at f8 1/400 sec 400iso.
I shot it at a low angle to increase the apparent height of the jump.I then tweaked it a little in Lightroom.

- Finbarr O'Shea

See also:
How I took that Shot - Kevin Barry (Not published yet)
How I took that Shot - Noelle Lowney
Competition Gallery
Competition Results and 2015 League Table 

8th Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk


The 8th Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk is happening on Saturday, Oct. 3, in thousands of cities all over the world. ECCG is participating for the second year in a row and will be holding our Photo Walk in Youghal, Co. Cork this year.

This event, dubbed the world’s largest global and social photography event, has grown immensely in size and popularity since the inaugural walk in 2007. Last year, more than 30,000 photographers of all walks of life and skill level converged to explore their corners of the world through photography and social community.

300x296_leaderThe concept of a Photo Walk is simple. Photo Walks are created by Walk Leaders in cities all over the world. Walkers  meet up at a pre-designated location to spend a few hours socialising, capturing images and sharing with like-minded people. At the end of the photo walk, most groups convene at local restaurants or pubs to share their images and experiences over food.

In addition to the event, photo walkers will be able to upload their favourite picture to the popular Photo Walk contest for a chance to win a digital copy of the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby. A Grand Prize winner and 10 finalists will also be selected by Scott Kelby himself!

Our Photo Walk in Youghal this year will begin outside The Mall Arts Centre at 10.45am and finish with light refreshments upstairs in The Red Store, Bar & Restaurant, on North Main St. at 2pm.

The event is for over eighteens, it's free, but pre-registration is required. You can register at  and clicking on the 'JOIN THIS PHOTO WALK' button or by clicking on any of the images in this post and complete the sign up form. Spaces are limited however.

This year, we encourage every photo walker to help support this year’s initiative to “Walk with a Purpose” by donating €1 to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya, which you can do when you're registering. This is completely optional but please consider it when you're signing up.

Additionally, participants can connect socially before, during and after the event using the hashtag #WWPW2015 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Connect with us on our flickr page at and the world wide flickr page at

About KelbyOne: Formerly The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and, KelbyOne is the leading resource for online creative education worldwide. For more information, please visit

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Last year's photowalk participants in Midleton.

East Cork Camera Group, based in Midleton, Co. Cork, is an amateur photography club, which exists to foster the art of photography in the area. We are very active and have had over eighty shoots this year alone. Our website,, contains galleries from each of these shoots and much, much more.

300x296_leaderThis is a great opportunity for the people of Youghal and beyond to put the town on the world photography map so why not join us on this year's walk? Being over 18, having an interest in photography (and a camera of course!) is all that's required. Fancy gear is not a requirement - if a camera phone or film camera is what you use to take photos, you'll fit right in.

See you there!



ECCG ‘Summer Fun’ Competition – 15/09/2015

'Summer Fun' was the theme of the fifth internal competition of 2015 held at the Midleton Park Hotel on Tuesday 15/09/15. Following two viewings of the nineteen entries, marks were awarded which yielded the following results:


In a reversal of places from our last competition, Anthony O'Connor took first place and Finbarr O'Shea took second. Third place went to Fidelma Read.

Kevin Day took a break from the winners spot this time around and came second to Kevin Barry while Joe Keniry took the third.

Noelle Lowney had her second consecutive first place in Grade C while newcomer, Eileen Upton took a well deserved second with RJ Mani coming in third.

In the overall high scores across all three Grades, the Grade A results were replicated with Anthony O'Connor, Finbarr O'Shea and Fidelma Read taking the honours.

Well done to all entrants, especially those new members entering for the first time, and congratulations to those who occupied the first, second and third spots in each Grade who will get 12, 10 and 8 points respectively towards this year's Photographer of the Year competition.

The image below is the second place entry in Grade A by Finbarr O'Shea. Click the image to see all the entries. Enjoy!

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See also:
How I took that Shot - Finbarr O'Shea
How I took that Shot - Kevin Barry (not posted yet)
How I took that Shot - Noelle Lowney
Competition Gallery
Competition Results and 2015 League Table


The Blue Light Regatta – Whitegate 13/09/15

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A rowing event of a different kind, The Blue Light Regatta took place in Whitegate, East Cork on Sunday 13/09/15. This is the second year that this Regatta was held which saw teams from An Garda Síochána, Phillips 66 fire team, the Port of Cork, the Army/Air Corps, National Ambulance Service, First Responders, local businesses and clubs take part in a series of challenging coastal rowing races. The Regatta was a major fund raising event in aid of the East Cork Rapid Response, the voluntary group that provides a Pre-Hospital Emergency Service for the East Cork Community. A full programme of races was on the card which comprised the following categories:

  • Novice Ladies - winners: Ballinacurra team
  • Inter Firm Race - winners: O'Riordan Pumps
  • Schools and Universities Race - winners: St. Colmans
  • Hospitality Race - winners: Schooner Bar, Ballycotton
  • Clubs & Gyms Race - winners: Mulls Gym
  • Battle of Ballinacurra Race - winners: Ballinacurra team
  • The Blue Light Boat Race - Ladies - winners: Composite Garda/ECRR/ Airport Police
  • The Blue Light Boat Race - Gents - winners: Army/Air Corps

The event was hosted at the club facility of Whitegate Rowing Club with the main sponsors of the event being the Port Of Cork.

Blue Light Regatta Jim Curtin-2 After many weeks of hard training, the various crews gathered for the first race of the day, which commenced at 3.30pm, to compete in coastal rowing boats with a crew of 4 per boat and Cox and battle it out over a 1500m course in order to claim the title of Blue Light Regatta Champions 2015.

Blue Light NLowneyThe Battle of Ballinacurra was one of the highlights of the day which saw the Ballinacurra walkers/running group compete throughout most of the races on offer in the regatta programme. This group were given their own race where they competed in mixed crews against each other with the winning team being crowned the Ultimate Champions of Ballinacurra!

Blue Light NLowney-14The Special guest at this event was Sean Coleman who recently won 2 silver medals in swimming at the Special Olympics world games 2015.

Enthusiasts from all over the East Cork area gathered in support of this worthwhile cause to cheer on the crews taking part in the event.

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Click here to see our full gallery of images. Enjoy!

- Noelle Lowney