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Stephen McCarthy started out taking some amateur snaps at St Marys matches in his native Cahersiveen. Now he is an award winning sports photographer with Sportsfile. He spoke to Paul Brennan

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Sportsfile staff photographer Stephen McCarthy who was awarded second place in the Sports category by the World Press Photo Foundation, with his parents Leo and Maura McCarthy

Sportsfile staff photographer Stephen McCarthy who was awarded second place in the Sports category by the World Press Photo Foundation, with his parents Leo and Maura McCarthy

Steaming Scrum’ Stephen McCarthy’s photograph of a scrum during the British and Irish Lions and Maori All Blacks match at Rotorua International Stadium, on June 17, 2017, in Rotorua, New Zealand, for which he was awarded second place in the Sports category by the World Press Photo Foundation

Steaming Scrum’ Stephen McCarthy’s photograph of a scrum during the British and Irish Lions and Maori All Blacks match at Rotorua International Stadium, on June 17, 2017, in Rotorua, New Zealand, for which he was awarded second place in the Sports category by the World Press Photo Foundation

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Sportsfile staff photographer Stephen McCarthy who was awarded second place in the Sports category by the World Press Photo Foundation, with his parents Leo and Maura McCarthy

It all pretty much grew out of crossed wires on a phone call.

Either Stephen McCarthy didn't enunciate 'career' clearly enough, or Ray McManus's ear wasn't properly attuned to the Kerry lilt, but either way there was a missunderstanding that brought a Cahersiveen teenager and a Dublin businessman together in the most serendipitous way.

McCarthy - now an established and award winning photographer with McManus's sports photography agency Sportsfile - explains.