Dublin Bay Swimmers

Whilst shooting trains overlooking Dublin Bay last December, (will post soon) I became fascinated with this cove, White Rock. Bono’s back yard (it overlooks his gaff). The sweeping strand has been compared to the Bay of Naples. It has a blue flag for its environmental status. White Rock is cut off from the main strand at high tide. It has a large white changing building for the many swimmers that frequent in all temperatures. A natural swimming platform is carved out of the large rock. Within the cliff is Decco’s Cave. They say the cave is named after an Italian who once lived in it during the 1920’s. It was an entrance to a lead mine around 1751 and later copper mining. The lead was loaded on board a barge on the spot to be exported to England. It’s now deserted.

Jose follows in his family tradition of swimming nude. This shot of him was in December!

Rionach can be seen regularly braving the elements in the Irish sea through out the year in images 4 & 5.white rock with fitness man copyGCQ copyWhiterock5 copyKilliney whiterocklady1 copyb copyKilliney rocks swimmer 6b copy copy



Industrious December


The Dublin Docklands underwent large-scale regeneration in the 1990s/2000s to become a modern business, commercial and educational hub which has witnessed the most significant area of growth and rejuvenation within Dublin

The Dublin Docklands comprises the IFSC and North Lotts located in North Wall Quay and Grand Canal Dock located at Sir John Rogersons Quay

The National College of Ireland, The Convention Centre Dublin, 3 Arena, the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Spencer Dock Development and Grand Canal Square are all located within walking distance. Its often known as Silicon Docks, a hub of modern apartments, offices, on the redeveloped River Liffey waterfront. Many young working professionals can be seen heading to concerts at the Bord Gaís Energy Theatre and drinking cocktails on the terraces of upscale bars. There is now facilities for Kayaking and windsurfing. The collapse of the ‘Celtic Tiger’ saw the Cranes return to their birthplace (UK).  Tools and Green helmets were ‘downed’.  But now the building industry  has re-emerged bringing back all its ‘traits’. Affordable housing?! Sigh.  When it comes to selling property, the prices are breathtaking. Dock Mill – a warehouse on the water was bought two years ago for €1.3 million. Google bought it for 13 million Euros. Ten times the price . Google had previously bought a 15-storey building for more office room. That cost €99 million. Google paid €100 million for Gordon House and Gasworks House. Boland’s Mill, which sat there unused for years, is being redeveloped by Nama ( The National Asset Management agency) to the tune of €150 million.  Nothing will slow down the insatiable appetite for office blocks. Nama is concerned about the lack of office space in Grand Canal Dock – not concerned enough to move itself out of the area to make room, mind you.

Recently I have shot new images of the impressive architecture in and around the surrounding areas of the GCQ which will be uploaded to ‘Dublin Modern’ on my website http://kelvinhudson.com/dublin-modern as well as on this blog soon .  As you walk further away from the completed redeveloped Quay along the waters edge, new construction is evident with the remains of the historic legacy of what was once a thriving port, with boatbuilding, rope making, glass manufacturing , flour milling and gas production. Remnants of an enclosed harbour between the River Liffey and the Grand Canal. With the introduction of the railways in the mid 19th Century saw its decline. Rather than demolish this whole area I’d love to see what now remains spruced up so that the structure could be retained for everyone to witness in the way that Liverpool has .

GCanaldocks1 copyGCQuay_1 copyGCQuay copyGCQuay_3GCdocks_1 copyGCdocksbuilding_1GCdocksposters copyGCdocksbuilding_2


Back in the day for my sins I shot this trade ad for the London agency Evans Hunt & Scott.  An enjoyable day with a charming model who turned out to be no other than the Scottish actress Gudrun Ure, well know for her role as Supergran in the 1980’s children’s TV program ‘Supergran’ . In which she won an Emmy and was sold to over 60 countries worldwide. She is now 91.


JP Donleavy R.I.P.

0738d306112b2c5cf5fd5315_rw_1920 copy

In 1995 I was commissioned by Kevin Gurry the art editor of the beautifully redesigned ‘Cara’. The Aer Lingus, in flight magazine;
to photograph the world renowned author, Irish American J.P.Donleavy. ‘Ginger man’ was his most successful and ‘controversial’ book which sold 50 million copies despite being banned in Ireland upon its release in 1955 until the 70’s.
He had written a beautiful article for Cara magazine about Irish Wiskey. Uisce beatha the water of life. It tied in with the restoration of the Locks Distillery Museum located in Killbegan, County Westmeath, hence the chosen location to photograph JP amongst the whiskey pot stills. His classic trade mark attire fitted in so well with the environment along with his friendly cooperation, the shoot proved to be rewarding except for the fact that I had to drive back to Dublin (with unprocessed sheet film) so I was unable to join him with the sampling. Fortunately for JP he had his driver with him. He died on Monday aged 91.