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Finn Mooney photographs newlyweds Gary Brereton and Carrie Farrell on the cliffs above Dubrovnik, Croatia, in 2018

Finn Mooney photographs newlyweds Gary Brereton and Carrie Farrell on the cliffs above Dubrovnik, Croatia, in 2018

Finn Mooney photographs newlyweds Gary Brereton and Carrie Farrell on the cliffs above Dubrovnik, Croatia, in 2018

Most wedding and event photographers in Ireland have closed their businesses and don't have any client bookings until the autumn. Many fear that their firms will collapse unless State aid is extended.

These are among the conclusions of the first survey of 780 wedding, portrait, commercial and art photographers and videographers working in Ireland.

Nearly two-thirds of the mostly sole traders have had to close down their operations since mid-March because the events they cover have been cancelled or postponed, including weddings and corporate events.