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John ‘The Bull’ Hayes goes face to face with a bull in one of the portraits.

John ‘The Bull’ Hayes goes face to face with a bull in one of the portraits.

Ireland rugby legend Paul O'Connell is one of the subjects from the Cormac Byrne "Faces" exhibition in the Hunt Museum, Limerick.

Ireland rugby legend Paul O'Connell is one of the subjects from the Cormac Byrne "Faces" exhibition in the Hunt Museum, Limerick.

Geri Maye and her dog Clooney, one of the photographs from the Cormac Byrne exhibition

Geri Maye and her dog Clooney, one of the photographs from the Cormac Byrne exhibition

Emma O'Driscoll with Cormac Byrne's portrait of her. Picture: Liam Burke/Press 22

Emma O'Driscoll with Cormac Byrne's portrait of her. Picture: Liam Burke/Press 22

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John ‘The Bull’ Hayes goes face to face with a bull in one of the portraits.

They are the faces that define a city.

From rugby players Paul O'Connell and John Hayes, to President Michael D Higgins and racing magnate JP McManus, the 53 black- and-white portraits all conjure images of Limerick.

After two decades behind the lens, local photographer Cormac Byrne has fulfilled his long-held dream to present a 'Faces of Limerick' exhibition.

"This was something I always wanted to do," said Mr Byrne.

Launched by former rugby star John 'The Bull' Hayes, it features a dramatic image of the former prop himself going face to face with a bull on a farm in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

The exhibition is at Limerick's Hunt Museum until May 11. All proceeds from the sales of the framed images will go to the Munster branch of Special Olympics Ireland.

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