“What are you taking pictures for?” One of a trio of ladies asks me as she’s going by.
“The Galway Cow, missus,” I say, “have you heard of it?”
“Arrah, no,” she says, “but sure you can take our picture and put us on it anyway.”
So I do. (Photos will be here over the next few days)
Even carefully laid plans often go tits up, or maybe I am just unfortunate. The following details my experience taking around 16,000 photos of the London Marathon 2017. (There is a total of 17 albums of photographs of the 2017 London Marathon the links to which will be here as processed: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8) Continue reading
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Tagged Best London Marathon Photos, Daniel Wanjiru, Kenyans win 2017 London Marathon, London Marathon 17, London Marathon 2017, London marathon blog 2017, London Marathon photographs, London Marathon Photos 2017, London marathon pictures, London Marathon Winners 2017, London Photos 2017, London Virgin Marathon Photos 2017, Mary Keitany, Professional London Marathon Photos, Unofficial photos of the London Marathon, Virgin London Marathon Photos 2017, Winning times in the london marathon 2017
Trapped! It looks like I’m going to spend the whole day locked in this house in Clonakilty instead of photographing the marathon here. (Photos here -albums: #1, #2, #3 )
“If you’re last out, lock the door and leave the key under the mat,” I was told by a very nice lady in the house I’m staying in, “the key will be left in the door until the last person leaves.” But there is no key in the door. With astute and rapid reasoning I realise the only other option is to climb out one of the windows. Continue reading
Posted in Clonakilty Marathon, Kilkenny, Marathon Photos, Photojournalism, Sports Events
Tagged Adrianne Haslet, December Marathon, Donna McLoughlin, Inclusion in running, Michael McEnery, Running in Ireland, Team Hoyt
From Left to Right: Ia Hilliard (organiser), Frank Greally (Irish Runner editor), Adrianne Haslet (Boston Marathon survivor), Ray O’Connor (race director), Neil Cusack (1974 Boston Marathon winner), Amby Burfoot (1968 Boston Marathon winner), Bobbi Gibb (ran Boston when a woman doing so wasn’t sanctioned), Bob Hilliard (organiser).
Hospitalisation seeming like a very real necessity to him, at mile 97, is the climax of Ray O’Connor’s humourous description of his first ever attempt to run 100 miles in the annual Connemara ultra run of which he is the founder (he finished). No stranger to extreme running, Ray is a marketing professional, keen running enthusiast, one of the race directors of this year’s Clonakilty Marathon and the man-on-the-mike for an inspirational series of talks with running superstars and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings. Continue reading
Posted in Clonakilty Marathon, Marathon Photos, Photojournalism, Sports Events
Tagged Adrianne Haslett, Amby Burfoot, Bobbi Gibb, Boston Bombing Survivors, Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon, December Marathons Ireland, Frank Greally, Kerry, Limbs for life ambassador
“You wouldn’t put a cow out in it,” jests one of the competitors in reference to how cold the day is. Alas, I’m a bit slow and it takes a second before I realise he’s referring to me. (All photos are here). Continue reading
Winter is death. Leaves flutter from trees leaving the skeletal branches as exposed and bare as a body without flesh. Summer’s aromas have left the air and the once green leaves turn to a brown mush underfoot. (All marathon photos are in albums here.) Continue reading
Never again, I say to myself as I spend hours upon hours ploughing through the ridiculous amount of photos I took at the Dublin marathon. It’s Thursday night before I finish going through and uploading all the photos I took and all day Friday I feel immensely fatigued and swear I shall never photograph another endurance event again. Continue reading
Impossible, I think, it’s going to be impossible for one man to photograph around 20,000 marathon runners in any meaningful way. But that’s why the prospect excites me. (Thousands of photos here).
My alarm goes off at 6AM and I wonder if there’s really any point in getting out of bed to attempt to photograph the 2016 Dublin City Marathon.
Posted in Dublin, Marathon Photos, Photojournalism, Sports Events
Tagged charity photos, cystic fibrosis fundraiser, Debele Tulu photos, dublin city marathon 2016 photos, Dublin marathon 2016, Dublin marathon photos 2016, Photographing marathon runners in ireland, sean hehir photos, sergio ciobanu
“JESUS CHRIST!” exclaims a passing lady after I say “good morning” to her from my carefully chosen vantage point a short while before the Galway Bay Marathon events start (Photos here). A whimsical part of me wants to say, “No, ma’am. I am not Jesus Christ. I am the COW! The Galway COW,” but, afraid that she might call the men in the white coats, or a veterinarian who may subsequently have me put to sleep for having a clear-cut case of mad cow disease, I elect to simply apologise and it turns out that she didn’t actually think my name was Jesus but the fact was, because I was sitting in the shadows beside a wall with the sun at my back, she couldn’t actually see, and was frightened by, me on account of being blinded by the bright early morning sun and startled by a voice that seemed to come out of nowhere.
Sammy Snail and his wife Samantha are in love. Unlike many other species of life, they like to take their time with their romantic liasons and I was a witness to their canoodling earlier on today. Continue reading
Posted in Galway, Nature, Photojournalism, The Galway Life Blog
Tagged Galway, galway snail tale, Mating snails, Nature, real love, romance, snail taxi, snails