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A natural collection

A SUPERB collection of framed photographs of trees, mountains and water were launched in the John F. Kennedy Arboretum on Friday evening.The Crann Beatha Photographic Exhibition' is by the Dublin-based, Fermanagh-born photographer Moira Sweeney and was launched on Friday evening by well-known local artist Danny Brennan.

A SUPERB collection of framed photographs of trees, mountains and water were launched in the John F. Kennedy Arboretum on Friday evening.

The Crann Beatha Photographic Exhibition' is by the Dublin-based, Fermanagh-born photographer Moira Sweeney and was launched on Friday evening by well-known local artist Danny Brennan.

Danny spoke on the importance of trees in the Irish psyche, how eight of the letters of our first alphabet (Ogham) are named after trees, and although many thousands of townlands are named for trees there is only one diocese in the country Ferns for the alder (fearnog).

Danny's bilingual address passed fluently from Irish to English and back again many times without a pause, a perfectly adequate verbal response to the wonderful visual treat awaiting anybody visiting the arboretum during the next six weeks.

Crann Beatha is a series of photographs that I developed over two years between Winter 2003 and Autumn 2005 in Ireland and Les Midi-Pyrenees in the South West France...Crann Beatha reflects the shifts of light, colour and plant texture that occur over what are for me the two most visually beautiful seasons; Autumn and Winter,' said artist Moira Sweeney.

The exhibition will run until August 4.