Faces of Limerick photo exhibition to be unveiled

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

'Icon': Paul O'Connell is among 53 portraits of local people in Cormac Byrne's exhibition. Copyright with the photographer
AFTER two decades behind the lens, photographer Cormac Byrne will instead be in the frame this Friday night, when he presents his long-held dream to exhibit the ‘Faces of Limerick’.

AFTER two decades behind the lens, photographer Cormac Byrne will instead be in the frame this Friday night, when he presents his long-held dream to exhibit the ‘Faces of Limerick’.

Taken over two and a half years, these black and white portraits feature famous Limerick people - at home and abroad - from all walks of life. Among the 53 portraits on display in the Hunt Museum, will be politicians, broadcasters, rugby players, former mayors, fashionistas, and even our current President, Michael D Higgins, who grew up near the Ennis Road.

“This was something I always wanted to do. They are people who were born, bread and buttered in Limerick. There has been a great response to it to date, and it has been great fun photographing them all,” he told the Limerick Leader.

Among those captured are Paul O’Connell in an arm lock with his dad, BBC broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan, TV3’s Vincent Browne, Celia Holman Lee, retired rugby players David Wallace, Keith Wood and Peter Clohessy, several mayors of Limerick and deputy Willie O’Dea. It opens this Friday at 6pm, and will be launched by former rugby star John Hayes.