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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Taoiseach shows off his true focus

HIS grandfather was a lighthouse keeper and Taoiseach Enda Kenny has also shown he has an eye for watching the coastline, after his photographic skills were revealed at the opening of a new gallery yesterday.

In 2008 the Fine Gael leader took part in the TG4 show 'I bhFocas le', in which well-known figures became amateur photographers.

Mentoring him was award-winning landscape photographer Peter Cox, who runs the new gallery in Killarney, Co Kerry.

Mr Cox recalled some of Mr Kenny's "exceptional promise" as he welcomed the Taoiseach to the opening.

"I was there to advise him on composition, but time and again I found he had a great eye for composition himself," said Mr Cox.

Pictured here are some of the Mr Kenny's photographs, which include studies of Croagh Patrick and the coastline at the White Strand in Mayo, Fossa in Killarney and the Great South Wall in Dublin Port.

"I'd only seen Enda on TV in the Dail so it was a bit of shock to be walking the mountains with him. He was good company though.

"He told me he wanted to photograph Croagh Patrick and the White Strand in Mayo, as both had a very special significance for him.

"He chose Dublin Port because he had done some swimming in the Half Moon Swimming Club in Poolbeg," added Mr Cox.

"I was really happy when Enda was elected as Taoiseach because you can see from his pictures, the great love for Ireland he has," Mr Cox added. "He could be doing pictures rather politics."

However, it was Mr Cox's landscapes which were the focus of yesterday's event at the new gallery, at Number 3, The High Street, Killarney.

Irish Independent

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