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Sunday 22 April 2018

‘Best’ Northern Lights pictures ‘taken by same camera club’

Donegal club is ‘highly active’

Mark McLaughlin (left), Chairman of Buncrana Club and Adam Rory Porter in Inderøy, Trondheim, Norway
Mark McLaughlin (left), Chairman of Buncrana Club and Adam Rory Porter in Inderøy, Trondheim, Norway

Greg Harkin

INCREDIBLE pictures of the Northern Lights in Ireland which were seen around the globe were taken by members of the same camera club, it has emerged.

A highly-active arrival of the Aurora Borealis sparked a flurry of social media activity, and sent pictures of the event over Inishowen in north Donegal trending around the internet.

Snapper Gerard O’Kane’s picture of his 10-year-old daughter Cailtin enjoying the wondrous phenomenon was retweeted and shared thousands of times online.

“We’re not doing too badly for a wee group set up just four years ago,” said Brendan Diver from the Buncrana Camera Club whose members include Gerard and pals Justin MacLochlainn and Adam Rory Porter.

“There was a dozen of us with an interest in photography and we began to meet up in O’Flaherty’s pub in Buncrana every Tuesday to talk about our passion.

“We go outdoors at least once a fortnight as a group and picture what we can. When the Northern Lights turned up again last week, it was very special for us.”

The group now has more than 70 members and a global reputation for excellence.

“We have become famous the world over,” laughed Brendan.

“And we take great delight in the fact that it has benefitted the Inishowen community because one great shot by us helps bring in the tourists.

Pictures of the Aurora Borealis over Inishowen in north Donegal last March.

“Camera clubs around the world when they hear the name ‘Buncrana Camera Club’ have followed our work.  We as a club have been responsible for bringing a huge influx of visitors into Inishowen and Donegal, where local hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfasts have been fully booked with a dramatic increase in visitors the Northern Lights or as they have become known as locally as “Rory”.

The group is now awaiting for the next Aurora alert – well most of them anyway.

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Adam Rory Porter was in Norway last night hoping for a better glimpse.

“The trip was planned before the incredible display back home,” he told the Irish Independent.

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“Thankfully I managed to see it before flying out here.”

Meanwhile Gerard O’Kane says daughter Caitlin is enjoying her new-found fame.

“We’re called her Princess Aurora now,” he said.

“It’s a lovely picture of her.”

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