2017 year in focus: Award-winning photographer Mark Condren chooses his favourite images
Award-winning Irish Independent photographer Mark Condren chooses his favourites from the last 12 months.
Divine intervention: Former Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald at the annual John A Costello commemoration at Deansgrange Cemetery in Dublin. The minister was coming under pressure politically and fighting for her place within government.
Tipperary crystal: Probationer gardaí marching at the Garda College in Templemore, Co Tipperary are reflected in water at their passing out ceremony.
Field day: Michael Power of the Round Towers GAA club in Lusk, Co Dublin watches his brother play in the U14 Féile Na nGael finals at Parnell Park.
Flying high: Whilst covering a routine news story in Howth, Co Dublin, I captured this silhouette of a man feeding seagulls. You can find extraordinary moments in even the most ordinary day.
Pride and pain: President Michael D Higgins embraces Fionn, the son of Capt Mark Duffy, at St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock, Co Louth at the funeral of the Coast Guard pilot who died when the Rescue 116 helicopter crashed off the Mayo coast. The pain was etched in the child’s face at the loss of his father and I could see the pride our President had in the bravery of our rescue service workers throughout the service.
Shell shocked: Jim Long, principal of Douglas Community School in Cork, sits to assess the damage wreaked by Hurricane Ophelia in October. Three people lost their lives as a direct result of the storm, with 200km/h gusts of wind blowing roofs off buildings, uprooting trees and causing electricity outages in more than 300,000 premises. Schools north and south were closed for two days, with some closed for longer periods.
Get down: This picture reflects a typical situation that the Garda Armed Support Unit face on a regular basis. Whilst this image was taken in an exercise situation at the Docklands railway station in Dublin’s north inner city, I felt it could be a scene from anywhere around the world given the growing number of terrorist incidents globally. The acute angles help to capture the dramatic action which was taking place throughout the exercise.
Have a gander: Jess the Collie dog sits and watches owner Donie Anderson from Bohernabreena, Co Dublin, after rounding up some geese at the National Ploughing Championships. I took quite a few pictures of Jess in action, but this picture of her sitting and watching her owner (out of shot) — and the geese — with pride after a job well done makes a far better picture.
Trial of the year: Molly Martens arrives at Davidson County court house in North Carolina. Martens was convicted with her father Thomas in August for the murder of her husband, Limerickman Jason Corbett at their home in 2015.
To Varadkar the spoils: Leo Varadkar is elected leader of Fine Gael having fought a long battle with colleague Simon Coveney. I wanted to remain at a distance for this photograph to better reflect the atmosphere of the night.