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Photographer Of The Year 2016

Every year we have a club competition aimed at challenging ourselves to try harder, think differently or simply get out and get a particular shot we’d normally not take. They are themed, monthly and quarterly in house friendly competitions. At the end of the year the top contenders are awarded a prize at our annual Christmas party.


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CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Herlihy who has been crowned Deise Camera Clubs Photographer of the Year 2016. Mary earned the title by composing great entries for the monthly club competitions, consistently entering every time and taking some really class photographs in general as well. Well done Mary!

Congratulations also to runners-up John Murphy and Irina Duane, more fantastic personal achievements. Most Improved Photographer is Mairead Forrestal. Great to see members striving for their best each month, it makes us all try harder therefore achieve new skills and goals along the way.

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December Meeting and Competitions

We had a short and sweet meeting for December because it was party time! We had a very enjoyable evening in The Park Hotel, Dungarvan where we were wined and dined to perfection!

Inspite of the shorter days members have been taking many opportunities to catch beautiful sunrises and sunsets, along with a big huge Super Moon thrown in for good measure! Now it is festive time and trips have been made to Winterval in Waterford, Santa’s Grotto’s in many secret areas throughout the county and beyond, Christmas lights and still or stormy water shots along the coast and even some snow images from the Comeragh and Knockmealdown Mountains …. We have been busy!


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And so the new photographic year within the club begins again and the theme for our December monthly competition was CITYSCAPES. Congratulations to Kieran Russell taking 1st place with ‘Beckett Bridge Cityscape’, 2nd ‘Reflections on the Liffey’ by John Murphy and 3rd ‘Downtown Tacoma’ by Noreen O’Brien.

Quarterly competition was BLACK & WHITE and as usual we had an enormous entry! Congratulations to Jim Kennedy taking 1st place with ‘Super Moon over Abbeyside’, 2nd ‘Not a Pawn Bán’ by Mairead Forrestal and 3rd ‘Portrait of a Lady’ by Irina Duane.

January 2017 monthly theme is PORTRAITURE. Upcoming for February is Nature and seeing as we will be feasting over the next few weeks March’s theme is Cookbook Food Shots! Expect some dazzling entries for this!!


Next club meeting is 10th January 2017 at 7.30pm in Town Hall Theatre, Dungarvan. Members are reminded to check out emails and texts for club update over the holidays. Busy times ahead but so much better when you are enjoying it with friends!

Check us out on Facebook, DEISE CAMERA CLUB DUNGARVAN and see what our members get up to! Thanks to all you who have found us already, we appreciate your time and interest!


Deise Camera Club wishes our family, friends and followers a very happy and peaceful New Year. We thank you for your wonderful support throughout the year and look forward to your company again in 2017. Happy New Year!


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Halloween Shoot At The Towers Lismore

This is the fourth year the club have organised a field trip around the theme of Halloween. The first year we did a field trip to Hook Head peninsula in Wexford. Two years ago we did a photo shoot in an old barn. Last year we photographed some witches brewing up in Colligan Wood. This year we went to the Towers in Lismore. It is a wonderful venue with the arches and old windows. We are thinking of going back there to do  a similar shot with people and costumes soon. Club members really got into the theme dressing up in appropriate scary costumes and makeup. In addition to having great craic we got to work with off camera flash and learn hot to balance natural light with that of the strobes. Selection of photos in the gallery below.

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Deise Camera Club Activity in August

Great to see so many members at the meeting full of ideas and adventure after spending some time

abroad or travelling the roads of Ireland over the last month. We look forward to enjoying many

more photos of your travels and seeing the sun really does shine for more than a few hours here and there! This summer you gotta grab your chances, drop the dishes and go exploring! Rain, mist and clouds do make sensational images also but we have a whole winter to do that…well at least the rain is warm this time of year!!


The theme for August was HOLIDAY/TRAVEL. Wonderful selection of different takes on the theme. Congratulations to Irina Duane who came 1st with ‘Nun Other than a Tourist’, Joint 2nd place was shared between Noreen O’Brien with ‘Siesta by the Sea’, Mary Herlihy with ‘Bonita Burano’ and Jim Kennedy with ‘Views of Vietnam’.

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Next month, September we have two categories again: monthly theme is THREE and the Quarterly is SEASCAPES

Brilliant challenge to make us think and compose an image with a theme like THREE! Any concept is acceptable once it depicts the theme. Useful to note that ABSTRACT is coming up for the October monthly challenge.


Our next meeting will be on the second Tuesday as usual, 13th September at 7.30pm in Town Hall Theatre, Dungarvan. New members are always welcome to join us and see what we get up to! REMINDER to members to check out emails and text for upcoming club events, trips away and Ed Tech nights. Membership is now due also!


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July Update including Monthly Photographic Competition

Another great attendance of members at the monthly meeting of Deise Camera Club. We also wish to extend a warm welcome to Treas and Bernard joining us for the first time, looking forward to sharing our interest in photography with you! Inspite of the less than sunny summer weather members have been out and about taking photographs. There are a huge variety of summer festivals, open gardens, music events, sporting engagements and of course the always available road trip along the coast or climbing the mountains so members are certainly not short of places to go and photos to capture! Any events are always a means to challenging ourselves to try different skills and achieve another level of understanding about light and composition as well as just enjoying the company of like minded people! Keep an eye out for information on club trips over the coming months! CLUB MONTHLY COMPETITION July’s theme was CELEBRATIONS. Congratulations to John Foley taking 1st place with ‘Champagne Lady’, Joint 2 nd place shared between Mary Herlihy with ‘When Three isn’t a Crowd’ and John Murphy with ‘A Very Precious Gift’.

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It was delightful to see the variety of interpretations of this theme making it an interesting one to judge. Well done ladies and gents! The theme for August is HOLIDAY/TRAVEL. This should be another interesting entry as it is so diverse in its subject. Many enjoyed a staycation this year so it may not be all whitewash houses and blue ocean views!! Get checking those archives too!! NEXT CLUB MONTHLY MEETING Our next meeting will be on the second Tuesday as usual, 9th August at 7.30pm in Town Hall Theatre, Dungarvan. New members are always welcome to join us and see what we get up to! REMINDER to members to fill out survey and tick your diary for upcoming away trips discussed at the last meeting. Membership is now due also! CONTACT You can view our website at and follow us on FACEBOOK at DEISE CAMERA CLUB DUNGARVAN and you can contact us by emailing

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June Update including AGM

Our recent June monthly meeting was a chance to compare notes and check out our diary of events for the summer. There are many events covering all kinds of interests happening all over the county throughout the summer months. Why not fill a car and head off with your friends for some phototherapy! Be safe wherever you go! We also had our AGM at this meeting and thank all who attended and volunteered ideas, time and insights into aims on improving our photographic skills for the year ahead.

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We had a full house for the AGM in Town Hall Theatre and thank the outgoing officers for their help and support over the last term. We congratulate the incoming officers and wish them well in their positions. Life Honorary President: Sean Byrne; Chairman: John Foley; Asst. Chairman: Jim Kenneddy;

Secretary: Mary Herlihy; Joint Treasurers: Patricia Hurley, Máiread Forrestal: PRO: Noreen O’Brien; Event Organisers: John Murphy and Gerry Kenneally; Technical Officer: Irina Duane. Chairman Kieran Russell gave a comprehensive run down on club activities last year and complimented all members who took part in and helped in any way to make Deise Camera Club more accessible to enjoying the art of photography for all members. We had a particularly busy year with many trips, events and guest speakers adding to our working knowledge of the camera.

Our DIGITAL EXPRESSIONS II Exhibition held during the Festival of Food was again a fantastic success showcasing Waterford and surrounding countryside in all her glory. The many thousands of visitors were understandably wowed by the many consistently vibrant, inspiring and revealing images of a county with such a vast repertoire of natural beauty from our lush green mountains to the frothy white horses of the Atlantic Ocean crashing to shore along our blue flagged coastline. Looking forward to meeting all our supporters again at our next club exhibition soon! We sincerely thank Kieran for steering Deise Camera Club over the past two years. We have grown in strength and wisdom as well as in members, catering for the novice right through to the elder lemons who generously give their time to teaching anyone who needs a little guidance. Thanks Kieran for your gracious contribution in making Deise Camera Club stronger and richer in personality, focus and ability.


Monthly competition theme for June (5 x 7) was DIGITAL ART /PHOTO MANIPULATION. Congratulations to Irina Duane who claimed first place with ‘Fairy’, 2nd Mary Herlihy with ‘Sliotar and the Sparrow’, 3

Quarterly theme (12/10 x 8) was ACTION. Congratulations to Máiread Forrestal 1st place with ‘Outstretched’, 2nd John Murphy with ‘Pedal Heaven’, Joint 3rd Mary Herlihy with ‘Rás Peloton’ and Noreen O’Brien with ‘Zip Line Master’.

July’s theme is CELEBRATIONS … not the sweets but the occasion! There has to be plenty to chose from with all the flag waving over the past few weeks and of course its wedding season too! Expecting some great ideas for this topic!


New members are always welcome to drop into our meetings and check us out. We meet at 7.30pm the second Tuesday of every month in Town Hall Theatre, Dungarvan. Our July meeting is on Tuesday, 12th July. Looking forward to meeting both new and resident members there. Membership

is now due also! Reminder that we have many upcoming field trips and outdoor learning opportunities so keep an eye on your text messages and emails for club information


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Deise Camera Club Trip to The Saltees

On the June Bank Holiday Monday morning members of the Deise Camera Club headed off early to Kilmore Quay to get the ferry @ 11.00 to the Great Saltee Island. This is the most famous bird sanctuary in Ireland and the islands, the Great Saltee and the Little Saltee, are one of the major bird sanctuaries in the world.


This is a private island and visitors are welcomed on the island from 11.30 am to 4.00 pm each day without any charge.  The crossing, across St. George’s Channel, in itself is interesting as there is no landing area or pier on the island so, therefore, the ferry docks at sea and everyone boards dinghies and head for the shore.  This meant clambering over rocks to get to the beach which was the start of the adventure. On the return journey the dinghies were pushed in to the shore to allow us board.  Following that we climbed the steps from the beach to head on the pathway to the cliffs, passing the private residence of the owners, the Neale family.  The original owner was Michael the First who was both a colourful character and a legend in his own time.

When Michael was 10 years old he made a vow to his Mother that one day he would own the Saltees and become their first Prince.  Twenty three years later he realised his dream but his coronation on the Great Saltee did not take place until July 1956.

A throne, flag-staff and obelisk were shipped to the Great Saltee; the obelisk bearing a plaque with his likeness in profile. The throne is a memorial to his mother and features a coat of arms and the following inscription:

“This chair is erected in memory of my mother to whom I made a vow when I was ten years old that one day I would own the Saltee Islands and become the First Prince of the Saltees.  Henceforth, my heirs and successors can only proclaim themselves Prince of these Islands by sitting in this chair fully garbed in the robes and crown of the Islands and take the Oath of Succession” ~ Michael the First.

One of the first jobs he undertook was the levelling of a field in the centre of the island as a landing strip for this private airplanes.  He learned to fly and regularly flew his Miles Messenger aircraft to the Islands.   For the 5 years up to 1950, over 34,000 trees and shrubs were planted on the island and the most successful of these were Cordyline Palms which flourish to this day.

An interesting historical fact: – in 1798 an island cave became a brief hiding place for two leaders of the Rebellion, John Henry Colclough and Bagenal Harvey. They took refuge in a cave on the Saltee Islands from where they planned to escape to France. They were betrayed, arrested and brought to Wexford town and were subsequently hanged. Folklore has it that soldiers saw soapy water coming from a cave where both men were washing which led to their demise.

The Saltees are a haven for sea birds from Gannets and Gulls to Puffins, Razorbills and Manx Shearwaters. They also lie on an important migratory route and a popular stopping-off place for spring and autumn migrants. The Great Saltee also has a breeding population of Grey Seals, one of the very few in eastern Ireland. Up to 120 animals are present in autumn and up to 20 pups are produced annually. In fact, we saw many seals bobbing up and down near the shores.

We walked through ferns, the last of the cobalt blue bluebells, and wild cow parsley to our first stop which was to photograph the puffins and as this coincided with a shower we also had an ‘al fresco’ brunch.  The puffins are amazing little creatures and very easy to photograph.  They were particularly pleasant shots available with their head peeping over the beautiful pink thrift.

We also managed to photograph gulls of very size and description, many of them very territorial as they were protecting their nests and their young. Some swooped down just above our heads as a “warning” to us to stay away and they certainly meant it.

I guess the highlight for me was the nesting gannets on the far side of the island.  Gannets are amazing creatures, large white birds with yellowish heads, black-tipped winds and long beaks; their wings can span 3 metres.  The name gannet comes from Latin which means hooligan as these birds can swoop into the water at a speed of 100 kms to catch their prey under water and can catch fish much deeper than most airborne birds.

The gannet’s supposed capacity for eating large quantities of fish has led to “gannet” becoming a disapproving description of somebody who eats excessively, similar to “glutton“.

These shots were difficult to obtain as there were so many of them and it was difficult to isolate a pair of gannets.  However, we tried our best. Even without a camera, this trip would have been a wonderful experience as this really was as close to nature as one could get.  We were at one with nature really and I think all of us felt the same.

It was an experience we will all remember for a long time to come.

“It was never my intention to make a profit from these islands. Day visitors are welcome to come and enjoy at no cost. Bird watchers will always remain welcome” ~ Michael the First

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May Update


Our monthly May meeting was held in the Town Hall as usual and we had another great turnout of
The club has been busy out and about photographing the wonderful early summer colour which
seems to have exploded all around us! Its great to see the soft greens on the trees and hedgerows
shadowing the whites, blues and yellows of the bluebells, daisies and even the dandelions that are
appearing in swathes everywhere.
So far we have been out in Glenshelane Woods, Colligan Woods, and the brilliant Deise Greenway
and recently paid the first of many visits to Mount Congreve. The fantastic wild life sanctuary of the
Saltee Islands is on the list also. Getting out with your club mates is the best way to learn how to use
the camera in all kinds of light and settings, and it is also the best entertainment as well!!
We had the pleasure of one of our own club members speaking to us about his fantastic success in
photography during the month. Frankie Lloyd recently was awarded an Associateship with the
Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers (ASINWP) based in England. A rigorous
process involving a mentoring programme before images where even sent for adjudication by five
Photographers who are industry leaders in Professional Photography and each one holds a
Fellowship Qualification. It is known that this Associate Distinction is only held by 3.5% of the
members of the Society, so Frankie Lloyd ASINWP has a nice ring to it! Frankie took us through his
award winning panel and gave us some very handy and interesting tips for capturing wildlife in our
neighbourhood. Congratulations Frankie very well deserved.
You can check out Frankies photographs on his FACEBOOK page or at
The theme for May was CREATIVE LIGHT. Congratulations to John Murphy and Noreen OBrien
sharing first place with Filament and Crann Óir respectively, 3rd place iread Forrestal with ‘Daffodil de Light. Great display of images as usual everyone!
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The in-house challenge of taking an image using a Film Camera proved very intriguing. Some went to huge lengths to process their images in a self made dark room and others had leaky light problems!
All in all a wonderful experience that ended with some very creative images. Well done to Luke,
iread and Anne who really took up the challenge and stood up to the test! Warning! Get
practicing everyone else because we will be returning to this challenge later on in the year so get
the film out, study the principles and get shooting old style!
Monthly competition theme for June (5 x 7) is DIGITAL ART /PHOTO MANIPULATION. Quarterly
theme (12/10 x 8) is ACTION.
New members are always welcome to drop into our meetings and check us out. We meet at 7.30pm
the second Tuesday of every month in Town Hall Theatre, Dungarvan. Our June meeting is on
Tuesday, 14th June.
Looking forward to meeting both new and resident members.
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Glenshellan Field trip

Very enjoyable field trip to Glenshellan woods last night , particularly to shoot the bluebells which are in full bloom at the moment. 8 members were able to attend and we headed off the beaten track to find some of the most concentrated areas of bluebells we could find.

While the photography was enjoyable and we all learned a lot from each other, we all remarked on the beautiful peacefulness of the place which made it a very enjoyable experience. This trip has become an annual excursion for us and we always come away with a great variety of images.

Next up is a trip on Sunday 15th to Mount Congrieve at 11:00, again focusing on the spring bloom . Why not join us on this or future trips. After Mount Congrieve its on to the Saltee island.


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