'Photographer of Year' to be announced at Club's gala night
The Grand Hotel in Fermoy is the place to be this Friday night when Fermoy Camera Club stages its bi-annual gala night in aid of Cope in Fermoy.
When Jim Bartley and his friends founded the camera club about three years ago little did he realise that he was sowing the seeds of what has become one of the great success stories of Fermoy's recent history. The club took off almost immediately and it has grown in strength each year with more and more members taking a liking to the magic of the little boxes with the magic eyes.
Present chairman is Padraigh Barry, son of Una and the late Paddy, formerly of the Bakery in McCurtain St, and to older readers a former Cork hurling great in the days of Christy Ring, Jack Lynch etc. Padraigh may never have tried to follow his dad with the hurley but, according to those who should know, he is about as good with the camera as his dad was with the hurley.
The gala night will be all about the members showing off the fruits of their year's work within the club. They will transform the hotel into something reminiscent of a viewing gallery with hundreds of pictures which are certain to adorn the place for the night.
The club will announce the name of the club's prestigious 'Photographer of the Year' during the night. Choosing the winner will not be an easy task with so many fast improving members working so hard all the year.
Also on display will be the photographs taken by the Cope members themselves.
Most of the photographs can be purchased, with a substantial part of the fee going to the local branch of Cope.
Proceedings will get underway at 6.30pm with a cheese and wine reception, while the winners will be announced at 8.30pm. Tickets for the event, costing €10, are available from Frank Morgan Photography, The Grand Hotel, Cope and club members Dave McCarthy 087/2461093 and Kate Murphy 086/3849718.