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Kerryman photographer's fascinating work set for Women in Media festival

Published 10/04/2013 | 05:36

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Michelle Cooper Galvin, photographer, Declan Malone, editor, The Kerryman, and Deirdre Walsh, Radio Kerry, browsing through some of Michelle's images for her photographic exhibition during the Women in Media Conference in Ballybunion on Satyrday 27th April. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin.

SOME fascinating photographs from a career spanning more than 30 years, will be featured at an exhibition during the Women in Media festival in Ballybunion at the end of the month.

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Killarney photographer Michelle Cooper Galvin began her career with the then Cork Examiner back in the 1970s, where she found herself behind the lens for some memorable stories, including the historic visit to Ireland by Pope John Paul II.

But the lure of the kingdom found her returning to Killarney in 1980, following the offer of work by the then editor of The Kerryman, Seamus McConville.

And so began a long and successful association with The Kerryman which continues to this day.

For this exhibition - which incredibly, is only Michelle's second - she has put together some striking samples of her work - using both black and white and colour - spanning everything from shots of famous visitors to Kerry down through the years, to memorable sporting moments, reflecting her love of GAA and rugby.

Included are exclusive pictures of Woody Allen's trip to Kenmare in the early 1990s, where he sought refuge from the world's media; and a close-up shot of an emotional Paul Galvin embracing Tyrone manager Mickey Harte, taken after Kerry defeated Tyrone in last year's senior football championship in Killarney last July.

A career in visual media was always on the cards for Michelle - her grandfather, Thomas G Cooper, produced and directed The Dawn, the first full-length Irish 'talking' movie, which is currently being re-mastered.

Her exhibition of photos will be officially opened by editor of The Kerryman, Declan Malone on Saturday, April 27, in Ballybunion, as part of the first ever Women in Media festival.

Among the special guests at the festival are RTÉ's Miriam O'Callaghan and Charlie Bird, PR guru Terry Prone and renowned writer and feminist, Mary Kenny.

Full details about the festival are available from www.wimballybunion.com

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