” FINN MCCOOL” TO “ULYSSES” THE WILD RHODODENDRAN GARDENS OF HOWTH CASTLE.

Howth Castle has been the stronghold of the St. Lawrence family for hundreds of years. Initially a timber fort, which was built on Tower Hill in 1177  before a permanent stone-walled Norman castle was constructed in mid-fifteenth century at the present site.

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Up on the Hill to the South of the Castle stands a 12-hectare (30-acre)garden which was first planted in 1875 and is best known for its 1,500 varieties of wild  rhododendrons, one of the largest collections in Europe. In order to construct and plant the garden , earth and peat was carried up the cliff face and put into holes in the rocky surface. The original plants were mainly the common purple rhododendron “Ponticum”.

Nestled at the base of the Hill is an ancient dolmen known as Aideen’s Grave which was mythically flung by “Finn McCool” from the Bog of Allen.

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Aideens Grave Howth Castle
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The Castle has much Literary References most notability  James Joyce`s Book “Finnegan’s Wake” which is based around Howth Castle and the surrounding area. As for the Rhododendran Gardens, this is the location where Bloom proposed to Molly in Joyce’s Classic “Ulysses” –

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I used two Cameras for this project- My Nikon D2x and my Nikon D3 – All the images were taken using three lenses

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-A Nikon ED AF Nikkor 80-200mm 2.8 D  Nikon AF A Nikkor 24-120mm 1:3.5-5.6 D and a Sigma DC 18-50mm 1:2.8 Ex Macro HSM .All digital files taken were in Camera raw format.

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Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle
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Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle
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” The Howth 17″ 115 years of Sailing History

Reaching for the Viceroy    © David O'Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin www.osheaphotography.com

Reaching for the Viceroy © David O’Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin http://www.osheaphotography.com

The Howth 17 Footer is the oldest intact racing one-design class of Keel Boat in the world . The Plans were drawn up originally by Judge W. Herbert Boyd in 1897 . He, been a member of Howth Sailing club and been very familiar with the local rugged sailing conditions designed this gaff- rigged with jackyard topsail Keel Boat.

No1 Rita and No11 Deilginis Photographed during a race up the River Liffey, Dublin Port 2008 © David O'Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin www.osheaphotography.com

No1 Rita and No11 Deilginis Photographed during a race up the River Liffey, Dublin Port 2008 © David O’Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin http://www.osheaphotography.com

The Original fleet of five, Rita, Leila, Silver, Moon, Aura and Hera (still fully functional to-day) were built by John Hilditch in Carrickfergus Northern Ireland and sailed into Howth Harbour in April 1898. Another three boats were added to the fleet in 1900 Pauline, Zaide and Anita. The class increased in number again and by 1913, an additional nine boats were commissioned by Dublin Bay Sailing Club for racing from Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) – Echo, Sylvia, Mimosa, Deilginis, Rosemary, Gladys, Bobolink, Eileen and Nautilus.

The class suffered two losses during the early and mid twentieth century – In 1915 “Silvia” was wrecked beyond repair  during an exceptionally severe winter storm  while she stood at the head of the slipway at the Royal Irish Yacht Club. And then in 1984 while taking part in a race from Howth to Dun Laoghaire “ Mimosa” sunk off the Baily Lighthouse in difficult South Easterly sea conditions. The quick and brave actions of fellow ‘seventeeners’ ensured that the tragic loss of the Mimosa did not extend to her crew.

The Class was reduced to 15 for much of the 1980’s. However in  May 1988  two more boats Isobel and Erica were launched in Howth which restored the class to 17 boats after 73 years. The new Boats were built in a shed in Howth Castle and were  the first ones of the class to be built in Howth.

No17 Oona Photographed on the Run © David O'Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin www.osheaphotography.com

No17 Oona Photographed on the Run © David O’Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin http://www.osheaphotography.com

A project to build another boat, that had been started early in the 21st century, was completed in May 2009. The boat was named ‘Sheila’ (following the tradition for many of the class to be given female names ending in ‘a’) after Shelagh Wilkinson, widow of Norman Wilkinson who was the sixth owner of ‘Leila’ for 51 years from 1948 to 1999.

I have enjoyed crewing on these Boats for the last 7 years and during this time I have tried to use my experience to photograph them. Because of the open Cockpit design the crew are very prone to getting wet and so I was limited to the Photographic equipment I could use. Most of my images were taken using a Nikonos-V underwater Camera with a 35mmNikor f2.5 Lens. I used Fujicolour PRO 400H Daylight colour Negative  Film . Several of the images were shot using my Nikon D200 Digital Camera with a AF-S Nikkor18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6 G ED lens. I have uploaded a selection of my images which I hope you will enjoy. Further information about these Beautiful Boats can be found at   http://www.hyc.ie/howthseventeen/default.asp

No3 Leila and No7 Aura Sailing in Dublin Port  © David O'Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin www.osheaphotography.com

No3 Leila and No7 Aura Sailing in Dublin Port © David O’Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin http://www.osheaphotography.com

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Some of the Fleet Sailing down the Sound 2007 © David O'Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin www.osheaphotography.com

Some of the Fleet Sailing down the Sound © David O’Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin http://www.osheaphotography.com

No20 Sheila The newest Howth 17 Dublin Bay 2009

No20 Sheila The newest Howth 17, Dublin Bay 2009© David O’Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin http://www.osheaphotography.com

Built in 1907 by Kelly of Portrush No15 Bobolink© David O'Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin www.osheaphotography.com

Built in 1907 by Kelly of Portrush No15 Bobolink© David O’Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin http://www.osheaphotography.com

No1 Rita and No3 Leila Photographed sailing past  the Baily Lighthouse Howth Summit © David O'Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin www.osheaphotography.com

No1 Rita and No3 Leila Photographed sailing past the Baily Lighthouse Howth Summit © David O’Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin http://www.osheaphotography.com

 

A family Affair ! Father and Son sailing No7 Aura © David O'Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin www.osheaphotography.com

A family Affair ! Father and Son sailing No7 Aura © David O’Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin http://www.osheaphotography.com

No17 Oona on the last leg Home© David O'Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin www.osheaphotography.com

No17 Oona on the last leg Home© David O’Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin http://www.osheaphotography.com

Rock hopping at Casana Rock Howth© David O'Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin www.osheaphotography.com

Rock hopping at Casana Rock Howth© David O’Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin http://www.osheaphotography.com

No1 Rita about to hoist there Kite© David O'Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin www.osheaphotography.com

No1 Rita about to hoist there Kite© David O’Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin http://www.osheaphotography.com

On the Run to the West Mark© David O'Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin www.osheaphotography.com

On the Run to the West Mark© David O’Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin http://www.osheaphotography.com

No8 Echo photographed at the Fox Hole near the Baily Howth © David O'Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin www.osheaphotography.com

No8 Echo photographed at the Fox Hole near the Baily Howth © David O’Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin http://www.osheaphotography.com

Getting Ready for a Pier start  © David O'Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin www.osheaphotography.com

Getting ready for a pier Start © David O’Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin http://www.osheaphotography.com

Built in 1988  No18 Erica was named after the original designer WB Boyd's Niece© David O'Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin www.osheaphotography.com

Built in 1988 No18 Erica was named after the original designer WB Boyd’s Niece© David O’Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin http://www.osheaphotography.com

No3 Leila heeling in Dublin Port © David O'Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin www.osheaphotography.com

No3 Leila heeling in Dublin Port © David O’Shea Editorial Photographer Dublin http://www.osheaphotography.com

The Point @ 25

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin 1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

The Point Theatre Dublin Docklands Dublin January 1988

The Point Theatre (also known as the Point Depot or simply “the Point”) was a concert and events venue in  Ireland‘s Capital City Dublin, which was open  from 1988–2007. Over the 19 years its Doors were open  more than  2 million people attended its various Events  . It was located in Dublin Docklands becide the River Liffey  on the North Wall Quay. The Point was closed in the summer of 2007 for a major redevelopment and was rebranded as the O2 in July 2008.

The Point Depot was originally constructed as a goods warehouse for the Great  Southern and Western Railway in 1878 at a cost of £308,000

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin  1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Photograph taken in February 1988 of the Instigator of the Point Depot National Exhibition Centre Mr Harry Crosbie

. In 1987 Local Businessman Mr Harry Crosbie purchased the Derelict Building and the 7.3 acre site for £955,000. During that year it was used  by Irish Rock Band U2  to recorded tracks for their 1988 album, “Rattle and Hum,  and footage from the building of performances of the songs “Van Diemen’s Land”  and Desire” appear in the accompanying “Rattle and Hum” movie.

In January 1988 work started on converting the former CIE Point Depot ,still retaining the Grandeur and Elegance of its 19th Century cut stone and red bricked Building, to a multi-purpose top Class exhibition and Conference Centre fitted with all the modern Amenities .

11 months later in November 1988 The Point Depot opened its doors for its first event – Irish Political Party “Fine Gael” had their annual  Ard  Fheis (Party Conference) at the Venue . Mr Crosbie had spent in excess of 3 million pounds and turned a derelict Building in Dublin Docklands into Ireland’s Largest exhibition and concert venue with a floor area of  138,000 sq.ft  (12,821 sq Meters),Seating capacity of 8000, with full facilities, on site car parking ,and a selection of Bars and Restaurants .

I was lucky enough to meet Harry just after he Purchased the Site and expressed an interest  in photographing  the Transformation of the Building . He agreed to grant full access to undertake the project and as a result i have enjoyed a very strong working relationship with him and the building since .

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin  1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

U2’s Director of Sound Joe O’Herlihy undertakes the first Sound Check -November 1988

2013 Marks the 25th Anniversary of the venue and so for my first Blog to celebrate this, i am going to Post some of the early images i took of the original  transformation . All of these images were shot with a 35mm Nikon FM 2  Analogue camera . Most were shot in Black & White . The films used were Kodak tri-x ,Ilford fp4 and Agfapan 100. I used three  len’s to shoot most of the project  A Nikkor 20mm f3.5 -A Nikkor 28mm f3.5 and a Nikkon 50mm f1.8 E series lens.

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Development of the Point Theatre Dublin  1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin 1988 -David O’shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin  1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin 1988 -David O’shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin  1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin 1988 -David O’shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin  1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin 1988 -David O’shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin  1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin 1988 -David O’shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin  1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin 1988 -David O’shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin  1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin 1988 -David O’shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin  1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin 1988 -David O’shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin 1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin 1988 -David O’shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin  1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin 1988 -David O’shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin  1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin 1988 -David O’shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin  1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin 1988 -David O’shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin  1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin 1988 -David O’shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin  1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin 1988 -David O’shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin  1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin 1988 -David O’shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin  1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin 1988 -David O’shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin  1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin 1988 -David O’shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin  1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin 1988 -David O’shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin  1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin 1988 -David O’shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin  1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin 1988 -David O’shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin  1988 -David O'shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Development of the Point Theatre Dublin 1988 -David O’shea Architectural Photographer Dublin Ireland

Irelands Wind Energy through the Camera Lens

The Irish Government’s target is for 40 per cent of energy produced in Ireland by 2020 to come from renewable sources.

Wind Energy has emerged as one of the cleanest, safest and cost effective forms of energy. It is claimed by lobby groups “Wind energy could provide 30,000 new jobs by 2020” – good news? I took a series of Landscape Photographs earlier this year up around the North of the Country. My Images incorporate the Wind Farms in this area with there Turbines resting on Poles up to 80 meters High nestled in the Beautiful Country Side of Co Cavan ,Co  Fermanagh and Co Leitrim. I used two Cameras for the Project my Nikon D2x and my Nikon D3. All the images were taken using two camera lenses my AF VR Nikkor 80-400mm ED and my AF micro Nikkor 105 2.8 D. All the images were shot in Camera Raw.I have chosen a selection of 12 landscape photographs to upload  to accompany this post .

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