PPAI Exhibition Launch – 09/09/2016


Presentation by East Cork Camera Group to PPAI Press Photographer of the Year 2016, Mark Condren. (l to r) John Tait, Mark Condren and Denis Barry

East Cork Camera Group is delighted to host the Press Photographers Association of Ireland Awards 2016 Exhibition at the Library, Main St, Midleton, the launch of which was held on Friday 9th September 2016.

In order to have the exhibition in the town centre for the annual Midleton Food and Drink Festival on Saturday 10th September, PPAI stalwarts, Robbie and Billy put in a superhuman effort in dismantling the exhibition at AIB, South Mall, Cork and erecting it again just a couple of hours later in Midleton all in time for the official launch at 7pm despite a wet Friday evening and its associated gridlock.

The launch was held in the library and was attended by Press Photographer of the Year 2016 and fourth time winner of the title, Mr. Mark Condren of the Irish Independent. A native of Castletownroche, Co. Cork, Mark cut his teeth as a photojournalist with The Avondhu and The Corkman newspapers before moving to the Sunday Tribune and then to the Irish Independent where he currently plies his trade covering news stories at home and abroad.

The event was well attended with all present very impressed by the high standard of work on show. Following some brief words by ECCG Chairman, Denis Barry and Chamber of Commerce President, Seamus Cunningham, Mark spoke of his work as a press photographer over 20 years in exciting and sometimes dangerous places, as far afield as Syria, Nigeria, Haiti, Gaza and the Middle East as well as at home. "The really big news stories of our time are rarely recalled by the written word", he said, "but we all remember the images". He instanced the destruction of the Twin Towers, the recovery of the body of three-year-old Syrian boy, Aylan Kurdi, drowned in the Mediterranean, the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the Black Power Salute at the Olympic Games in 1968 as images that are ingrained in our memories courtesy of the news photographers of the day. He complimented the work of his colleagues on display in the exhibition and exhorted all present to study the images and think of the unique stories behind each one.

To commemorate winning the title and the exhibition's first time in Midleton, Mark was presented with a framed image from East Cork Camera Group's recent Cruise Liner / Lusitania Exhibition. Depicting the reenactment of the return to Cobh of the flotilla of small craft carrying casualties and debris from the site of the sinking of RMS Lusitania, the image was made by ECCG member, John Tait.

The exhibition runs at the Library, Midleton for two weeks and is well worth a visit. Thanks to Ann-Marie Kenneally and the staff of Midleton Library for having the exhibition and to Wallis's, Midleton and Day's of Whitegate for supplying refreshments for the launch Thanks also to Mrs. Ursula O'Tuama for providing the musical backdrop that was woven delicately throughout the evening's proceedings and, finally, thanks to Mark Condren and the PPAI for bringing the exhibition to Midleton and in time for the Food Festival's main event.

Click here to see a gallery of images from the launch night.
Click here for the PPAI website.




Exhibition Official Opening – 02/07/2016

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The ECCG committee with Minister of State, Mr. David Stanton TD: Kevin Day, Denis Barry, Noelle Lowney, Minister Stanton, Anthony O'Connor and James Brady.

On Saturday 2/7/16, Minister of State at the Dept. of Justice and Equality, Mr. David Stanton TD, performed  the official opening of our Cruise Liner / Lusitania Exhibition at the Cobh Maritime Building at Cobh Rail Station.

The exhibition is the culmination of a project to photograph all the cruise liner visits to Cork harbour during the 2015 season which amounted to 33 ships and 57 visits. Added to this was a number of images from the Lusitania Centenary Events that were held in May of the same year.

A gallery of images from each visit was posted to the project webpage which by the end of the project contained over 1,000 images. Ideas for an exhibition soon began to emerge and when the idea was initially suggested, the Port of Cork's Mr. Michael McCarthy responded positively and made the Cobh Maritime Building available to us for the month of July 2016.

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The Exhibition Book on display at the Cobh Maritime Building

Planning soon got under way resulting in 46 frames containing over 100 images which were expertly printed, mounted and framed by Don Magee and his staff at Art and Frame, Model Farm Road, Cork. Added to this was a companion exhibition book available in print and as an e-book along with a free Exhibition App for mobile devices - all available from the club website.

In keeping with the maritime theme of this exhibition, we are delighted to make the Royal National Lifeboat Institution a beneficiary of the event and encourage all people visiting this free exhibition to make a donation in the RNLI collection box provided.

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The exhibition exists because of a lot of good will, a lot of hours spent on it and a big commitment from a lot of people. Thanks to the ECCG committee as well as the members who contributed to the projects from the submission of images and dealing with the logistics of actually putting an exhibition like this together. Particular thanks is due to Finbarr O'Shea and Eileen Upton who actually put the exhibition in place.

Thanks to Mr. Michael McCarthy of Port of Cork, Cork County Council’s Cobh and East Cork Municipal Districts, Ben and the staff at the Maritime Building and all our sponsors (see the exhibition webpage for a full list), without whom, the exhibition could not have happened.

Finally, thanks tro our caterers, Days of Whitegate and our pianist, Ursula O'Tuama, who added a real sense of occasion to the opening.

Click here to see a gallery of images from the event. Enjoy!



Meet ECCG at Midleton’s Lifelong Learning Festival on April 16th


Midleton will host its first Lifelong Learning Festival on Saturday 16th April 2016. The town's newest festival invites you to explore learning opportunities in the locality through this fun and informative one day event.

If you’d like to know more about East Cork Camera Group then Midleton Library is the place to be at 11am to meet members of the club for a photography talk and exhibition. All new members joining on the day will get a free six week beginners' photography course.

Programmes are now available throughout the town or at the festival stands in Super Valu or Market Green from 10am on the day.

All festival events are free and absolutely everyone is welcome!




Exhibition – Photographer of the Year 2014 – Midleton Library

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An exhibition of images from East Cork Camera Group's Photographer of the Year competition, 2014 went on display on Tuesday 24/11/15 at The Library, Main St, Midleton.

Comprising twenty-two images in all, the exhibition features the entire portfolio of ten images by ECCG's Photographer of the Year, 2014, Karen Fleming, as well as the twelve winning Category images.

Judging in the competition was carried out by Mr. John Finn, ARPS, Travel and Portrait photographer, Mr. Rowan Thornhill and pictures editor of The Evening Echo, Mr. Brian Lougheed.

corkcocoThe exhibition will continue until January, 2016. A gallery of the images on display can be viewed here.

ECCG would like to thank the staff of Midleton Library for supporting the exhibition.



Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town – Midleton – 10-11/10/15

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East Cork Camera Group has been invited to attend the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Expo on Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th October, 2015 at the Midleton GAA Pavilion opposite the Railway station. A great event is lined up with special guests including John Creedon, Tony Humphreys, Brian Nation and many more.

Saturday: 3pm - 7pm
Sunday: 11am - 3pm

Come along and say hello!