Opening Boyle Camera Club Exhibition

I was delighted to be asked to open the 10th Boyle Camera Club annual photography exhibition on Thursday night.
A great collection of images from some very talented photographers, well worth checking out over the next week.
I was delighted to be asked to open the 10th Boyle Camera Club annual photography exhibition on Thursday night.
A great collection of images from some very talented photographers, well worth checking out over the next week.

Made in Sligo Pop-up Shop

I'm delighted to be taking part in this Pop-up shop, great opportunity to buy a whole range of gifts which have been 100% hand made here in Sligo.

 

Open till 24th Dec at Water Lane, between Castle St and Rockwood Parade.

 

Give a gift this Christmas that is Inspired, Designed & Made in Sligo!

 

Ciaran discusses 'Landscape of WB Yeats' exhibit on IrishTV

Ciaran being interviewed about his "Into the Twilight - the Landscape of WB Yeats" photography collection for IrishTV when it was being exhibited in City Hall as part of the 2015 Tread Softly Festival. The collection was first lunched at Hyde Bridge Gallery at the Yeats Building in March 2015 with the opening performed by the British Ambassador to Ireland, Dominick Chilcott.

Made In Sligo​ Craft Trail Bus Tour Calls to Carney Gallery

I was delighted to take part in the very first Made In Sligo​ Craft Trail Bus Tour yesterday which was ran as part of Sligo Design Week​
Visitors spent the afternoon calling to 6 Made in Sligo craft studios around the county.  It was great to host such a lovely bunch of people out to my gallery in Carney.
In case you missed the tour my gallery in Carney is open to the public, all visitors are welcome - http://www.ciaranmchugh.com/?pagid=carney-photography-gallery
I was delighted to take part in the very first Made In Sligo​ Craft Trail Bus Tour yesterday which was ran as part of Sligo Design Week​

Visitors spent the afternoon calling to the studios of 6 Made in Sligo members around the county. It was great to host such a lovely bunch of people out to my gallery in Carney.

In case you missed the tour my gallery in Carney is open to the public, all visitors are welcome.

Landscape of Yeats collection launched by British Ambassador at Hyde Bridge Gallery


Thank you so much to everyone who came along to the opening of my "Into the Twilight - the Landscape of WB Yeats" exhibition at The Hyde Bridge Gallery yesterday evening.

The collection comprises a set of black and white panoramic images inspired by the physical landscape embodied in the writing of WB Yeats.

It was wonderful to have such support for this project. I'd especially like thank the British Ambassador to Ireland, Dominick Chilcott who very graciously opened the exhibit. I'd also like to thank the fantastic staff and volunteers at the Hyde Bridge Gallery and Yeats Society for all their assistance.

During his opening address Ambassador Chilcott stated "good photography should be able to surprise us, most obviously by making us look at the world in a new way. The camera does not lie, anymore than poetry lies. And like poetry, the camera embellishes and enriches our experience of living in the world... This exhibition, through the skill of Ciaran McHugh’s work behind the lens, fuses together the man, his poetry and philosophy, and the place, Sligo, that was dearest to Yeats's heart".

Ciaran describes the collection as "A set of photographic images focusing on light, tone, form, nuance and texture inspired by a poetical landscape exuding the sensual, the mystical, the wild and intrigue. A unique collection of photographs which allows you refocus on the familiar landscapes we are immersed in and take a fresh look at the different interconnected worlds around us".

Following its launch at the Hyde Bridge Galley in the Yeats Building in Sligo, the collection will then tour to a number of locations over the year including an exhibit at Lissadell House from the 1st - 14th July.

You can read Ambassador Chilcott's speech in full HERE

Click HERE to see the Into the 'Twilight - the Landscape of WB Yeats' photographs and more details on the collection.

Mountain rescue at Diarmuid & Grainne's cave

Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter 118 was involved with Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team in a call out to injured climbers just under Diarmuid and Grainne's cave in the Gleniff Horseshoe.

I happened across the rescue and some of my photographs appeared in a number of newspapers. Thankfully all the climbers were safely rescued after a long evening on the mountain. We are very lucky to have such a great team of rescue services on hand here in the north west.

British Ambassador to open Landscape of Yeats exhibit


I'm delighted to announce that The British Ambassador to Ireland, Dominick Chilcott will officially open my new "Into the Twilight – the Landscape of WB Yeats" photography exhibition at the Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo on Wednesday 11th March at 6pm.

The collection comprises a set of black and white panoramic images inspired by the physical landscape embodied in the writing of WB Yeats. All are welcome so make sure to call by if you can make it. The exhibition runs from the 9th - 22nd March.

7m wide prints at Sligo IT Science Building

Thrilled to see 4 of my panorama photographs printed a massive 7m wide and on display at the fantastic new Science Building at Sligo IT. 
The building which was opened this morning by Professor Terri Scott and an Taoiseach Enda Kenny is a real asset to Sligo. 
The 600-seater canteen where my photos are on display is now one of the biggest restaurants in the North West!. 
I was thrilled to see 4 of my panorama photographs printed a massive 7m wide and on display at the fantastic new Science Building at Sligo IT.   The building which was opened this morning by Professor Terri Scott and an Taoiseach Enda Kenny is a real asset to Sligo. 

The 600-seater canteen where my photos are on display is now one of the biggest restaurants in the North West!. 

'Brussels meets Sligo' photography exhibition in Belgium.

I have been asked by The Irish in Europe Association to submit a collection of my photographs for inclusion in an exhibition to promote Sligo in the Halles Saint-Gery in the centre of Brussels.

The Halles Saint-Gery is one of Brussels protected buildings and has been functioning as an exhibition centre promoting the heritage and quality of life of the city since 1999. The exhibition will run from the 3rd to the 28th April.

To recognise Sligo’s selection as the European Town of Sport for 2014 it has been chosen by the Irish in Europe Association as the featured town in Ireland under the ´Brussels Irish Village Project´.

As the chosen town in the Irish Village Area, Sligo will be extensively promoted over a year long period in Brussels, Belgium and across Europe. The photography exhibition which will be focused on Sligo is part of a cultural exchange programme ran by the Irish in Europe Association to help provide tourism information for the island of Ireland.

Limerick has also been selected as the city to be promoted as it is this year’s City of Culture. Last year some 1.2 million were exposed directly to the photography exhibitions which ran during the Irish Presidency of the EU and focused on Cork and Westport. 

For more information on the exhibtion click here

Sligo Now Article

Delighted to be featured in the Jan edition of the Sligo Now magazine. 
They did an interview with me for their regular 'Watch this space' article. 

My new gallery...

After four months of hard slog I'm delighted say that my own photography gallery at Carney is now open.

I have over 50 of my framed photographs on display in a purpase built gallery just 10 minutes from Sligo town. Visitors are very welcome.

The new gallery is on the right hand side of the road linking Carney village with the N15 Sligo to Donegal road at Henry's Restaurant. (see map below).

No appointment necessary.

Introducing new top quality local suppliers

I am delighted to use top quality local Sligo suppliers for all for my materials.

My photographs and canvas prints are produced by DigiCreatiV Fine Art Printing who are based at the Green Rd, Sligo.

DigiCreatiV is a Digigraphie Certified Print Lab specialising in high-quality fine art limited edition Digigraphie certified prints, Giclée prints and Personalised Canvas prints.

Image Framers look after all of my framing needs and are based in Adelaide St, Sligo.

Their focus is to carefully select the highest quality materials to aesthetically compliment your artwork while ensuring the item is preserved and protected to conservation standards.

My First Book!

Last year I was asked by an American writer called Ashley Rooney to collaborate on a book Irish of Ghost stories.   
I have provided over 30 images from my Ireland’s Abandoned Ruins collection, many of them commissioned for the book.  It was a very enjoyable project to work on as I got to photograph some stunning locations around the country including a memorable day spent with Sean Ryan at Leap Castle - said to be the most haunted castle in Ireland.  
The book is called ‘Ireland's Ghosts, Legends, and Lore’ and is now available for pre-order on a few websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. ( ) It is due to be published later on this summer.
Ashley summarises the focus of the book:
‘There's no clear-cut beginning or end between the conclusion of paganism and the beginning of Christianity in Ireland. The old gods lingered, but the Celtic Church was established, thanks to St. Patrick, by the fifth century in Ireland. Stirring Irish tales of demons and banshees, restless dead, and magical beasts were written down by Christian scribes centuries later. It’s beautiful, but bleak, landscape of ruined castles; devastated abbeys, prehistoric stone circles, and foggy bogs contain many vengeful ghosts. Follow the ambitious Irish chiefs and the English kings, the family feuds, and the constant troubles with the English in over 30 spine-tingling tales’.
You can see some of the images included in the book by following this link – 
Last year I was asked by an American writer called Ashley Rooney to collaborate on a book Irish of Ghost stories.   

I have provided over 30 images from my Ireland’s Abandoned Ruins collection, many of them commissioned for the book.  It was a very enjoyable project to work on as I got to photograph some stunning locations around the country including a memorable day spent with Sean Ryan at Leap Castle - said to be the most haunted castle in Ireland.  

The book is called ‘Ireland's Ghosts, Legends, and Lore’ and is now available for pre-order on a few websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It is due to be published later on this summer.

Ashley summarises the focus of the book:

‘There's no clear-cut beginning or end between the conclusion of paganism and the beginning of Christianity in Ireland. The old gods lingered, but the Celtic Church was established, thanks to St. Patrick, by the fifth century in Ireland. Stirring Irish tales of demons and banshees, restless dead, and magical beasts were written down by Christian scribes centuries later. It’s beautiful, but bleak, landscape of ruined castles; devastated abbeys, prehistoric stone circles, and foggy bogs contain many vengeful ghosts. Follow the ambitious Irish chiefs and the English kings, the family feuds, and the constant troubles with the English in over 30 spine-tingling tales’.

You can see some of the images included in the book by clicking here

Trip to Leap Castle

Last weekend I got to shoot somewhere I have always wanted to photograph – Leap Castle, Ireland’s most haunted castle.  I was there to get a shot as part a series of photographs I have been commissioned to take by an American author for inclusion in a new Irish ghost stories book (more on that to follow…)
The castle is simply stunning and the current owner Sean Ryan was a most gracious host; several hours passed in front of his roaring log fire before I even got around to taking my camera out of the bag. 
You can see some of the results here:
Last weekend I got to shoot somewhere I have always wanted to photograph – Leap Castle, Ireland’s most haunted castle.  I was there to get a shot as part a series of photographs I have been commissioned to take by an American author for inclusion in a new Irish ghost stories book (more on that to follow…)

The castle is stunning and the current owner Sean Ryan was a most gracious host; several hours passed in front of his roaring log fire before I even got around to taking my camera out of the bag. 
 
You can see some of the results here:

Discover Ireland Blog Post

I was delighted to be invited to submit some photographs to the Discover Ireland blog which helps promote Ireland overseas - what do you think?

New for 2012 - Photos on canvas

How to get there

All of the photographs displayed on this site are now available as canvas prints.  

The image will be printed in high resolution on top quality canvas which is stretched over a wooden frame that’s ready to be hung directly onto a wall to give a stunning visual impact.  

There is a default size set for canvas prints in the drop down menu when you go to purchase a photograph. However canvas prints are also available upon request in sizes other than these default ones - up to 3 meters wide for panorama photographs. Please contact me directly for quotes.

Note - canvas prints will take 10 - 15 working days for delivery. 

The canvas print shown in this picture is the 2m wide Dusk at Strandhill and is on display in the dining room of the award winning Strandhill Lodge and Suites, Strandhill, Co. Sligo.

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