Paul Simon, Musician, Songwriter

What can you say abut Paul Simon? One of the 20th Century’s greatest songwriters. A towering international musical and cultural figure. This nicely informal image was taken during a visit to Ireland to participate in a series of events in honour of the poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney. He is in animated conversation with Heaney’s widow Marie at the unveiling …

Chupi Sweetman, Jewellery Designer

Chupi needs no introduction to lovers of finely-crafted modern jewellery in Ireland and around the world. As one of Ireland’s most successful jewellery designers, she creates precious handmade rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets for fashion-conscious customers in no fewer than 64 countries. Chupi – and yes, that is her real name – says her work is the result of being …

Maria Walsh MEP, Rose of Tralee

I had the pleasure of photographing Maria Walsh a couple of times during her year as Rose of Tralee in 2014/15. The image here is from a shoot for The Loop at Dublin Airport, a sponsor of the Rose event that year. It was one of the most enjoyable photographic assignments that I’ve ever had the pleasure of doing. Put …

Henry McCullough, Musician

Henry McCullough had the distinction of being the only Irish musician to play at the legendary Woodstock Festival in 1969. As Joe Cocker’s guitarist, he featured in one of the most memorable performances of the entire event – Cocker’s mighty rendition of A Little Help From My Friends.  I had the pleasure of doing a lengthy interview with Henry on …

Tom Mathews, Artist, Poet, Writer

I’ve been a fan of Tom Mathews for probably forty years since his brilliantly droll cartoons began appearing in magazines and newspapers. Until recently. however, I didn’t realise that he’s also a singer – well, of sorts. This image was shot at one of Paddy Goodwin’s legendary Drogheda gigs which, over the years, have featured a veritable hall-of-fame of Irish rock …

Katie Taylor Brings Home Gold

One from the old work files. Boxer Katie Taylor is surrounded by reporters, well-wishers and autograph hunters on her arrival at Dublin Airport in 2012 with Ireland’s first Olympic gold medal in sixteen years. I recall that the triumphant Olympic homecoming included five other Irish medal winners, but the woman from Bray was the only story in town. Delighted to …

Aung San Suu Kyi

Another image from old work files. In June 2012, Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was given a rock star welcome when she came to Dublin to accept the prestigious Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award. It was only her second trip outside of Burma – where she had been held under house arrest for over twenty years – since …

Rosanna-Tinted Glasses

As the only Irish woman to win the Miss World title, Rosanna Davison is accustomed to being the centre of attention.