Sunday 21 April 2019

Summer joy tinged with sadness for Fermoy Camera Club members

Michael Howard’s enchanting image
Michael Howard’s enchanting image
Deirdre Casolani’s picture taken on Skellig Michael
Fermoy Camera Club June competition winners Helen Arnold, Michael Howard, Sinead Hickey, Tom Quish and Deirdre Casolani. Photo by Battie Arnold.

Bill Browne

The month of June was tinged with sadness for members of Fermoy Camera Club following the passing of one of its members, the late Anne O'Sullivan.

Club PRO Helen Arnold said that Anne, who had been in the club since its formation in 2011, would be sadly missed by all of its members.

"Anne had a great interest in photography, as she did with travel, history and many other subjects, and was invaluable and very generous with her knowledge, especially on our club outings," said Helen.

"It was a rare destination that Anne hadn't already been to, and her advice and guidance was a huge benefit to each trip.

Fermoy Camera Club extends its very sincere sympathies to Anne's family at this extremely sad time. RIP Anne." On the subject of trips away, the club had a busy June with members travelling to Kilmore Quay and the Great Saltee Island, where they captured some stunning images of the scenery and local wildlife, including some of the more than 220 species of bird that can be found on the island.

"Thanks to Karen Fleming, we had the pleasure of the Waterford-based Irish Coastguard Crew of R117 giving us a fly past as we left the island," said Helen.

"We also had an outing to see the rhododendrons at the The Vee, and a few other trips chasing the fabulous sunsets over the past couple of weeks, and we look forward to seeing the fruits of out labour," said Helen.

"The outings committee are working very hard arranging further trips to Spike Island and West Cork in July, and Nerja in October.

If you are interested in any of these trips please contact Monica or any of the outings committee."

Meanwhile, some 26 entries were received for the club's June challenge, entitled 'Land and Sea', which was won by Tom Quish and his stunning shot of sunset over Lough Gur in County Limerick.

It narrowly beat stiff opposition from Michael Howard's shot of Ballycotton Lighthouse, Sinead Dunphy's image of an unusual rock outcrop in Donegal, Helen Arnold's shot over Lake Gunn in New Zealand, and Deirdre Casolani's perfectly framed shot taken on Skellig Michael.

The club's seasonal challenge 'Four Days of Summer' will continue until September 11.

"New members are always welcome, so come along to our fortnightly meetings at the Community Centre in Fermoy, meet our members and find out how to become part of this vibrant club," said Helen. For more information visit