I have spent the last 7 years traveling 31,000miles throughout Ireland taking photos of Irelands Gaelic games. Instead of focusing solely on the action of a game I have encorporated the backdrop of each field into the picture (To put the travel in perspective the circumference of the earth is 24,901 miles!).
I have been to the 32 counties on the island to ensure that each one has at least a picture featured in the book.
This is the first photography documentary to exclusively focus on the grassroots of Gaelic games and their surroundings. More than a story of play at the local level, it highlights the power of sport to bind people and create community identity.
For the narrative of the book I have imprinted the rituals, decisive moments and flow of a Gaelic club game on to the unique Irish countryside, urban landscapes and scores of locations in between. The four seasons and all elements of Irish weather are interwoven in a snapshot of each city, town’s land, people and team.
Football, hurling, camogie and ladies football games are photographed at all adult levels in every county. These are Irelands national sports and are the most played in the land.
I set out to explore the position of the Gaelic club, its field and surroundings. Seven years later I discovered a vibrant and important grassroots sporting movement in a variety of locations which traverse the 32 counties of the island of Ireland. It is a movement which is volunteer driven with players receiving no pay. It has withstood the social and monetary ills of a recession and the mass emigration of many of its young players. It accommodates all social strata in both urban and rural areas.
To those new to Irish sports, it portrays them and Ireland in a unique and familiar way.
With your help my 7-year journey can become a truly unique, handcrafted, independently produced photography book.
Work and photos
I am a Cork City based photographer from Murroe in County Limerick.
I financed my travels to games everywhere in Ireland by working in a social care environment for 18-25 year olds and being the organiser of Cork's homeless street league tournament.
While working on this long term project I only told a few friends what I was doing. I wasn't able to publicise the project until recently. Its a relief to be able to share the photos and my experience with people and I look forward to making a wonderful book for everyone!
The book details
Approximately 140 pages;
65+ colour photos;
Printed on 150gsm uncoated matte paper;
A 250gsm softcover;
A hand bound spine(which will lay flat on opening);
A list of the games and results at the back of the book.
1000 Independently Printed First Edition Photography Books: €6,600
Printing Consultant: €1,000
Designer Fee: €800
Transportation Of Books: €600
10% Kickstarter And Banking Fees: €930
Get More Involved!
We are also looking for anyone involved in the grassroots of the game to give us your thoughts on what Gaelic games, community and identity mean to you and your club. Old or young, men or women, retired or still playing, you are all welcome to submit. Keep it concise, keep it simple. You don't have to be based in Ireland to submit. We will include some of these submissions in the final book.
Risks and challenges
The photography aspect of the project is fully complete. The edited files are being sent to a talented designer who has worked for NY Times magazine among many other projects.
The book will be printed in Lithuania.
With any printing job there can be issues with delays. To offset this I am working closely with the designer and a printing consultant to ensure the work is printed and ready to post to customers by the last week of November.
If there is a delay I will keep everyone up to date.
At the time of book printing I will be traveling to Lithuania to oversee the process. This is to guarantee the book is made to the high standard that I expect. I will be updating everyone through Facebook and Twitter on the progress to the final product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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