Sea Fest Cork – 2019

For the past 3 years the festival was held in Galway. Now it is the turn of Cork to run it for the years 2019, 2020 and 2021. The festival is a great way to learn about what goes on at sea that is not normally known to many people.

The availability of sea vessels for children of all ages to explore and to question their crews is great. Two sea going laboratories, RV Celtic Explorer and ILV Granuaile, were open to the public all day while the Irish Navy were also open for visits, their guns being of great interest.

On shore, there was plenty to probe in the form of presentations and talks. Nevin Maguire, the celebrity chef, gave a cooking demonstration while Pat O'Connell, the famous fishmonger from Cork's English Market was also there. Shanty music, pop, hip hop and the Army No. 1 band livened the spirits.

The importance of conservation and proper disposal of rubbish was highlighted in the form of lectures, displays and kids zones with interactive pirates and other sea characters.

To finish off the week there was a plunge swim from "Port of Cork" sign to Blackrock Castle.

Click here to see a gallery of images from this shoot. Enjoy!

 - Jim Curtin



Cork Model Yacht Club – 12/06/18

Cork Model Yacht Club is based at the Lough in the heart of Cork City since its foundation in 1938.  The club meets on Sundays, between 11.00 and 13.00, when around twelve yachts participate in various races.  Six races are held with the course selected based on the direction of the wind.  Results are then tabulated on a league basis.

The yachts are powered by wind only and there are no impellors, so if a yacht is taken off course, a dingey is brought out and someone has to collect it.  The yachts might look small but they average about 5.5 feet tall on a work stand and cost several thousands of Euro depending on the model. They are all based on a single design. It is a well-established club and is authorised by Cork City Council to use the Lough. A nice bunch of lads who love to talk about yachts, of the real and model varieties. See for more.

Click here to see some images from one of their meets.

- Jim Curtin



Ballindenisk Cup Polo Tournament – 26/27 May 2018

Ballindenisk Polo Club held their first tournament of the year on 26th and 27th May
and the East Cork Camera Group were delighted to be present to capture the

Six teams took part: Rits, Curraghmore, Rocklow, Valley Farm, Bunclody
and Ballindenisk. The weather on Saturday was absolutely perfect allowing the first
round of games to get off to a terrific start. As the teams jostled each other for
possession, it gave us quite a challenge to keep up, such was the speed of play.
Despite heavy rain on Saturday night, play started at 12 pm on Sunday. The pitch
held up well but needed the help of supporters to thread the field between games as
the ponies tore up patches of grass as they galloped up and down the field.

The final came down to Curraghmore and Bunclody but, in the end, Curraghmore were
decisive winners, taking the Ballindenisk Cup home to Waterford for 2018.

A thoroughly enjoyable weekend of sport was had by all present and the East Cork
Camera Group are looking forward already to the next Polo Tournament to be held
at this fantastic venue.

See a gallery of images from the shoot here. Enjoy!

 - Eileen Upton



Great Island Ten Mile Road Race – 29/04/2018

The Great Island road races were held on 29/04/2018 starting and finishing in Cobh.  Principal benefactors are The Irish Cancer Society and Palliative Care. All told, a sum greater than €150,000 has been donated over the years. It was a fine day with plenty of sunshine.  There have been many races in Cobh over the years in the ten to fifteen miles range and a great tradition of local athletes taking part. A shorter race of four miles was held and a charity walk was also a part of the morning activities. Local and international athlete, Sonia O Sullivan, who was part of the organising group also took part. The first three home were: 1.  Mick Clohisey, 2. Colin Merritt and 3. Jonathan Murphy.  The best lady was Lissie Lee.

 - Jim Curtin

See a gallery of images from the race here. Enjoy!



Killeagh Point to Point – 14/01/2018

E.C.C.G.'s first sporting event of 2018 took us to Killeagh, Co. Cork on 14th January for the annual Point to Point racing.

Killeagh Point to Point has been held on the land of Joe and Bernie Hennessy at Knockane, for over thirty years and has one of the best viewing tracks for spectators overlooking five fences. Owners, trainers, breeders, jockeys and the local community all come together on the day to make it one of the most enjoyable events of its kind. There were six races held on the day with between 8 and 14 horses competing in each race leading to some very exciting finishes.

E.C.C.G. members all came suitably attired wearing wellingtons and warm clothing ensuring that nothing was going to get in the way of capturing that special moment despite the ever present threat of rain.

A great day was had by punters and photographers alike and lots of exciting and memorable moments were captured by our members both in the parade ring and out on the track.

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

 - Eileen Upton