A fleeting visit to Kiltimagh and Knock

Alteration of Kiltimagh, Irish Coillte Mach (older Mághach), the name of a country town in Co. Mayo.” The word “culchie” is derived from the Irish word “coillte”, the plural of coill, the Irish word for “wood”, an area of growing trees. It was used, mainly in Mayo and Galway, by townspeople as a condescending reference to people from rural areas. It came into use in Dublin in the mid sixties as a counter to the country people’s use of the word “Jackeen” for Dublin people. Once referred to ‘The drinking Mecca of the west’! Although Kiltimagh has been blighted by emigration with many pubs and shops now closed down, it has retained its community spirit.

Then A quick diversion to the infamous Knock shrine .


Howth Pt 1

Howth is a favourite shooting location of mine. A bustling historic fishing village on the North side of Dublin. Restaurants and fish shops line the east side of the harbour with the yachting community on the west side . Its a walkers paradise with spectacular coastline views of Dublin Bay’s UNESCO biosphere and nearby small islands of Irelands eye and Lambay Island. With the help and cooperation of Shane O’Doherty who runs excellent hiking tours (www.shaneshowthhikes.com ) we managed to get a lower angle as possible of Bailey Lighthouse to give this almost iconic and popular photographic subject a more majestic feel. Along with official permission Shane and I took on board the safety aspect in order to endure the slippy grassy cliff. After our preparation day we returned the following morning at 5.30 am in freezing conditions but fortunately the wind had died down enough for excellent shooting conditions conducive with safety and dealing with shooting long exposures. I shot this during the various changes of light before sunrise and soon after; whilst observing and admiring the beauty unfolding which created different cloud formations, height and direction of the sun that revealed textures and forms in different areas of the landscape/seascape. Tides are also a consideration. Once I was happy with our efforts it was time to attempt to ‘liven’ things up with attracting the local seagulls to make an appearance but despite my supplies of seagull grub (chips oven cooked the night before) and with Shane’s ‘seagull whispering’ reputation, it just wasn’t to be. After all I was optimistic due to the Howth seagull reputation of diving down to steal peoples chips! Ah well, I hope it wasn’t because of the presence of Shane’s trusty dog, Bruno; who at least spotted our first sea otter. After breakfast I had a new brief to fulfil, along Howth harbour which is in Part 2 next week.

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Dublin’s coastal Dart.

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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!

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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 .

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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.