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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Snapper to reveal 'View from Here'

Don LAVERY

IT was the last iconic image of a brave journalist.

Sunday Independent crime reporter Veronica Guerin, leaning against her red sports car, one foot on the bumper, meeting her crime contact John Traynor in 1996.

Days later she was murdered in her car on the Naas Road in a crime that shocked Ireland. The man who took that photograph, and many more documenting major news events in Ireland over a 30-year period, was veteran Dublin-born photographer Brian Farrell.

"I took the last photograph of Veronica. She was leaning against her red car in the car park of the Greyhound bar, Harold's Cross, one foot on the bumper and me hiding in the bushes."

Brian, who became picture editor of this newspaper the year Veronica died, began his news career covering more violent events.

"Believe it or not I started taking pictures in 1980 and my first big break was the British embassy riots in 1981.

"I went on to cover Bobby Sands's funeral in Belfast, which was the start of a long relationship with Northern Ireland," he recalled.

Brian, who now works freelance, is giving a talk next Saturday entitled 'The View from Here' in King House in Boyle, Co Roscommon, as part of the Boyle Arts Festival at 1pm.

Sunday Independent

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