Limerick photographer’s Bóthar photos go on public display

David Hurley

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David Hurley

AN exhibition of photographs taken by award-winning Limerick photographer Sean Curtin have opened at the Gallery of Photography in Dublin.

AN exhibition of photographs taken by award-winning Limerick photographer Sean Curtin have opened at the Gallery of Photography in Dublin.

Entitled GROW, the exhibition comprises of 18 images captured by Sean while in Uganda with celebrity chef and Bóthar patron Neven Maguire earlier this year.

Neven and Sean travelled to Uganda in April to meet with families whose lives have been transformed beyond all recognition thanks to the lifesaving work of Bóthar, which is based in Limerick.

“The trip to Uganda with Neven Maguire was more than just a visit. It was a journey which opened my eyes and which I hope, through the photographs I took, will also open the eyes of others as to the real need in Uganda which Bóthar is permanently eradicating family by family,” said Seán, who has worked for the Press 22 photographic agency for more than 15 years.

“I was honoured to be brought into the lives of some of the world’s poorest families and to see the determination and strength of character required simply to survive. The most striking thing though, was that the families I met didn’t want hand outs. They just wanted to be given the means to work so that they could earn the money to get themselves out of poverty, be able to feed their children and access healthcare and education,” he added.

Uganda was the first country which Bóthar worked in when it was established 20 years ago and, to date, they have helped almost 10,000 families to create a better future for themselves, their neighbours and their communities.

The charity also airlifts 16 different species of livestock to 35 other countries in the developing world.

The GROW exhibition, which is free to visit, will run until Sunday, November 20, next.