Sport, politics and movie stars all seen through Michelle's lens

Marisa Reidy

WHEN Woody Allen escaped to Kerry from the world's media back in 1993, little did he know that he'd be tracked down by Kerryman photographer Michelle Cooper Galvin at his Kenmare hideaway and be persuaded to pose for pictures.

Michelle's chance encounter with the Hollywood director was just one of the stories recalled at the official opening of her impressive photography exhibition at McMunn's Restaurant on Saturday afternoon, which formed part of the Women in Media line-up.

Michelle's exhibition - only her second in her 33 year career with the Kerryman - showcased some of her most stunning and iconic photographs and was launched by her colleague of over 25 years, Kerryman editor Declan Malone.

Included in the impressive exhibition was Michelle's award-winning photograph of former Kerry manager, Jack O'Connor clutching the Sam Maguire cup by his side as he ran from the elements on a cold, wet day in south Kerry.

Also included was a stunning and poignant image of a warm embrace between Paul Galvin and Tyrone manager, Mickey Harte, after last year's championship game - perfectly capturing the mutual and often unseen respect between the two fierce footballing rivals.

Michelle's exhibition also featured some wonderful photographs of political life in Kerry, including a rear view image of Jackie Healy Rae and his son Michael and their now iconic caps as they watch on at an election count.

Michelle told those in attendance that Women in Media co-ordinator, her former colleague Deirdre Walsh of Radio Kerry, had caught her on a 'soft day' when she agreed to host the exhibition, as it is not something she does very often.

She paid tribute to her son Diarmuid whom she said helped organise the entire showcase, and said she was delighted that so many people had taken such an interest in her photographs.


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