Suzanne's Sarcoma Appeal - South Kildare Photography Club

Suzanne's Sarcoma Appeal 13th January 2019

written by John Leahy


This year, we decided to start of with a bit of a "bang"...

On Sunday 13th January, our club hosted both John Hooton and Michael Linehan in Ryston. John drove from Mallow, to deliver his presentation of prints based on landscapes from the west of Dingle.

The photos were very dynamic and colorful with emphasis on early morning or sunset shots. He was assisted by his wife, Noreen and the banter between them was very amusing and informative. It helped create a very warm atmosphere between presenter and the audience.

John is averse to using Photoshop unless essential. He prefers to have most of the elements correct before taking the photo. The presentation lasted over one hour and thirty minutes, yet the time flew.

Noel Buckley was m.c. for the event and he introduced Michael Linehan from Naas next.

Michael put a lot of us amateurs to shame, as most of his presentation centered on the canal areas in Naas. The variety was amazing. We saw wonderful shots of storks, otters, finches, foxes etc. All Michael's images were projected images. Both the clarity and originality of his work were awe inspiring. Who ever said that" there's nothing to photograph locally?!!!"


We raised over 3,500 euros for Suzanne’s Sarcoma Fund.


Our club was well represented by over 15 members. Members from over 10 other clubs attended. They included familiar faces from Malahide, Celbridge, Tullamore, Athy and Kilkenny and other midland clubs as well. Much as I tried to ensure that club members won a few of the 16 prizes on offer, only Kevin Lumsden went home smiling, the rest were won by visitors!

A special word of thanks to all who assisted and were generous of their time at the event. The day was a great success and proved that we photographers do care as a group. We wish Suzanne every success on her journey and look forward to meeting up after her treatment.


The crowd starting to gather

The crowd starting to gather

Photo credits: Sheila Kavanagh

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