Cormac Byrne lines up Paul O’Connell and his Dad for Faces of Limerick exhibition

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

UNIQUELY personal photographic portraits of some of Limerick’s most well known faces have been captured by top photographer Cormac Byrne for a new exhibition.

UNIQUELY personal photographic portraits of some of Limerick’s most well known faces have been captured by top photographer Cormac Byrne for a new exhibition.

Faces of Limerick, which captures a selection of Limerick personalities, was unveiled at the Mayor’s Ball in the Strand Hotel last Friday, and the hotel is continuing to display 10 of the portraits in the lobby this week.

The award-winning Dooradoyle photographer has taken pictures of both well-known people and unexpected Limerick characters at locations across the city, including Paul O’Connell and his Dad Michael, RTE’s Will Leahy and Geri Maye, car dealer Frank Hogan and his sons, travel operator Tony Brazil and his son Peter – and some other less familiar faces.

“We have 10 of them on display and there are 25 in the set at the moment. We started about three months ago and I wanted to get a certain amount finished before the mayor’s ball, because that was the night they were shown first,” explained Cormac this week of the stunning collection.

“They are all Limerick connected people, some are well known, some are not so well known.

We have one or two rugby players, politicians, Tom McNamara, who plays the accordion on Cruises Street – so you have a mixture. The images are a little bit different. Some of them have stories behind them and others are portraits,” he added.

Mayor of Limerick Cllr Jim Long, who will himself feature in the exhibition, said it was a “wonderful idea” and has supported the project.

“It is something that I went to the mayor with, and asked him to get behind it and he did. It is getting a bit of momentum,” explained the photographer.

While just 10 are on display currently in the Strand, the professional photographer - who has up his reputation over the past 21 years and has numerous Fuji and Kodak awards under his belt - hopes to display more than 30 in a larger scale exhibition in the future.

“We are hoping to have an exhibition maybe next year of all of the images. I will be adding to it every few weeks. It will be a long term project because it seems to be developing into something more than just a one-off,” he explained.

We purposefully haven’t put any names on them – people will recognise some and won’t others and that is just part of the fun,” he added.