Brendan Donnelly Photography: Blog en-us (C) Brendan Donnelly Photography (Brendan Donnelly Photography) Sun, 10 May 2015 19:42:00 GMT Sun, 10 May 2015 19:42:00 GMT Brendan Donnelly Photography: Blog 120 86 Turtle makes a strange sight in the River Dodder in Dublin The sheen on the top of a turtle shell, much like a wet black rock, proves a strange sight along the quiet banks of the River Dodder in the south of Dublin city. The turtle, most likely an unwanted pet, slowly approaches the edge of the bank before plunging into the water below.

Image of a turtle at the side of a section of the River Dodder in the south of Dublin city.

Image of a turtle at the side of a section of the River Dodder in the south of Dublin city.

Image of a turtle in the water along a section of the River Dodder in the south of Dublin city.

]]> (Brendan Donnelly Photography) Dublin Ireland pet river dodder irish water turtle slider reptile may 2015 photo Sun, 10 May 2015 19:41:40 GMT
High population of rats visible in Marlay Park In recent weeks there has been an increasingly higher visible presence of rats in Marlay Park. As a regular visitor to the park I would usually see the odd rat over the course of the year but during the past few visits there have been sightings of groups of rats along pathways and walking routes.

Image of a rat in a park in South Dublin Image of a rat in a park in South Dublin Image of a rat in a park in South Dublin Image of a rat in a park in South Dublin

Image of rats in Marlay Park in South Dublin Image of a rat in Marlay Park in South Dublin Image of a rat in Marlay Park in South Dublin

Image of a rat in Marlay Park in South Dublin Image of rats in Marlay Park in South Dublin

Today I saw a rat chasing a moor hen in the shallow waters of the park's pond. Last year a nest of little grebes remained untouched by predators as it was positioned in the middle of the pond; despite possible disruption to the nest due to nearby works during the build up the concerts, it remained undamaged throughout the breeding season.

With the upsurge in rat numbers, possibly helped by a larger than normal amount of fast food during the summer months, and only showing now due to the harsh winter, a question mark remains over the next breeding season for some birds in the park although perhaps it explains the higher numbers of herons and a few buzzards allegedly sighted today!

Perhaps the most bizarre thing was the fishing line with hook containing a small piece of ham hanging amongst tree branches nearby

Image of a rat in Marlay Park in South Dublin

On a sadder note the park's nice stone bridge dividing the two large ponds was damaged in recent weeks after the high winds knocked down a nearby tree.



Photos & videos: © Brendan Donnelly Photography

]]> (Brendan Donnelly Photography) Rat Marlay Park Dublin Ireland Irish park rodent rats Sun, 01 Feb 2015 21:02:53 GMT
Winner of the Camogie Association Media Awards - Photograph of the Year It was a great honour for me to to receive the award for Photograph of Year for the second successive year from the Camogie  Association of Ireland's Media Awards.


                               Dublin's Louise O'Hara grasps for possession of the sliotar under pressure from Offaly's Elaine Dermody. Image from the Liberty Insurance All Ireland Senior camogie championship match between Dublin and Offaly at O'Toole Park, Dublin.

Sports photography has its challenges and one such factor to deal with whilst covering events can be inclement weather. The photograph that won the award was taken during heavy rainfall as Dublin and Offaly faced off in a Liberty Insurance All Ireland Senior Camogie championship match in June 2013. 




]]> (Brendan Donnelly Photography) Brendan Donnelly Photographer Dublin Camogie Awards Fri, 26 Dec 2014 11:52:00 GMT
Trap under pressure following Germany's 6-1 win over Republic of Ireland in Dublin The Republic of Ireland suffered their heaviest defeat in living memory against the impressive German side managed by Joachim Low in a match that has put serious doubt on the long term future of Irish manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Germany's Marco Reus got the ball rolling for his side with an opening brace in the first half that gave the away side a 2-0 half time lead. Things didn't improve for the Irish side when the second half got under way with goals from Mesut Ozil, Lazio marksman Miroslav Klose, and a brace from Toni Kroos creating an eerie silence in the Aviva Stadium that was briefly interrupted when substitute Andy Keogh found the net.

The result of the Republic of Ireland's next match against the Faroe Islands will prove crucial in deciding whether the Republic have any chance of qualifying from a group that looks likely to be won by the Germans.

                                             Irish substitute Robbie Brady in action against the Germans

Republic of Ireland: Westwood; Coleman, O'Shea, O'Dea, Ward; Andrews, Fahey (Long 51), McCarthy; McGeady (Keogh 69), Walters, Cox (Brady 83).

Germany: Neuer; Boateng, Mertesacker, Badstuber, Schmelzer; Muller, Schweinsteiger, Khedira (Kroos 46), Ozil, Reus (Podolski 66); Klose (Schurrie 72).

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy).


]]> (Brendan Donnelly Photography) Republic Ireland Germany DFB FAI FIFA UEFA Aviva Stadium World Cup Qualifier 6-1 Photo Trapattoni Loew Low Schweinstein Ozil reus kroos Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:05:36 GMT
TG4 Ladies All Ireland Football Finals Croke Park was the venue for a day of ladies gaelic football as the Junior, Intermediate, and Senior All Ireland Finals were held at GAA headquarters. In the first match of the day Louth took on Antrim in the Junior Football final. In the end it was the hard work of the Antrim defenders that made the difference as the Ulster side ran out 3-9 vs 0-07 winners against the Wee County.

In the second match of the day the Intermediate Championship Final saw Armagh face off against Waterford. The Orchard County were set on their way early on when full forward Shauna O'Hagan took advantage of a ball rebounding off the Déise post before slotting it into the back of the net. Despite a good response from Waterford with a netted effort from Linda Wall, Armagh took charge of the match and went in at half time with 4 points to spare. Full Time: Armagh 1-12 Waterford 1-05


The showcase event of the day was the All Ireland Ladies Senior Football Final between rivals Cork and Kerry. Despite the derby nature of the match the technical superiority of the Rebel girls ensured the Brendan Martin Cup would once again be heading back to Cork. Full Time: Cork 0-16 Kerry 0-07



]]> (Brendan Donnelly Photography) Cork Kerry Armagh Waterford Louth Antrim All Ireland Ladies Football Gaelic LGFA GAA Croke Park 2012 sport Photos photography Dublin Ireland Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:17:35 GMT
Leinster defeat Munster in RaboDirect PRO12 clash  

Three tries from Leinster was enough to overcome a spirited Munster side who launched a late fightback in front of 46,000 people at the Aviva Stadium in this RaboDirect PRO12 encounter.

Tries from Richardt Strauss, Ian Madigan and a marvellous effort from Brian O'Driscoll ensured the reigning Heineken Cup champions carried the day with a final score of: Leinster 30 Munster 21.



]]> (Brendan Donnelly Photography) Leinster Munster Ireland Dublin Irish Provincial Rugby IRFU Blue Magic Brian O'Driscoll Try O'Gara RaboDirect PRO12 Aviva Stadium Photo Wed, 10 Oct 2012 09:24:00 GMT
Dublin Ozo Senior B Camogie Semi-Final - St Vincents vs Ballinteer St Johns Ballinteer Saint Johns travelled out to Pairc Naomh Uinseann to play St Vincents in the Dublin Senior B Camogie Semi Final in what proved to be an entertaining encounter despite the overcast morning in Dublin. The visitors got off to the perfect start with an opening salvo from a placed ball by Ballinteer's county woman Fiona Hayes. Hayes would be the star performer for Johns yet the player of the match for Vincents, full forward Ursula Hussey, immediately settled her side with a fine early goal. With just five minutes on the clock Ballinteer were rewarded with a goal of their own  following some adept forward play from no. 10 Niamh Leahy; the sliotar rattled the net in fortuitous fashion as corner forward Brenda Sorohan  profited from a scramble on front of the sticks. However the home side's prolific corner forward Elaine O'Leary soon set the sides level with a nice point from play.

O' Leary doubled her tally for the day with another score from play and initiated a period of dominance by Vinnies that saw two further points, a free from Hussey followed by an excellent point from half forward Sarah Murray. Despite a number of wides from the visitors Ballinteer managed to claw things back with two pointed frees from Hayes to go in at half time trailing by a point. HT: St Vincents: 1-4 Ballinteer St Johns 1-3

The second half started with high drama with Vincents laying on the pressure leading to a fine solo run and point by Murray. Johns looked like they had a mountain to climb when Hussey did  just enough with a speculative high ball into the Johns box to ensure the sliotar found the net. However the goal was disallowed as Hussey was adjudicated to have been in the square at the time and when another Vincents attack hit the Johns post it seemed that the home side might rue failing to capitalise on this purple patch. Another wide followed for Vincents before Fiona Hayes created a point from nothing to close the gap to a single point. Hayes' solo run took in a third of the pitch and led to a placed ball effort that she duly converted. Vincents responded with another nice point from play, this time from the stick of Ailish O'Neill, before Hayes again knocked a point over from a placed ball to keep Johns in the chase.

Vincents began to pull away in the final 10 minutes of the second half with some well taken points in succession that began to stretch out the lead.Substitute Mary Cronin made an immediate impact with a well taken point in front of the Johns goal and soon followed up on this score by earning a free for Hussey to convert.  With the score sitting at 1-9 to 1-5 Johns were dealt a body blow with a calamitous goal that originated from a Hussey shot from the left hand corner of the pitch. FT: St Vincents 2-10 Ballinteer St Johns 1-6

Saint Vincents Team

1. Emma Gillen

2. Clara Keane

3. Niamh Kelly

4. Niamh Clinton

5. Fiona Fogarty

6. Louise Harney

7. Gillian Smyth

8. Lara Smyth

9. Sarah Flynn

10. Sarah Murray

11. Patrice Ryan

12. Louise Walsh

13. Ailish O'Neill

14. Ursula Hussey

15. Elaine O'Leary


16. Terri O'Boyle

17. Nicole O'Dwyer

18. Niamh Witter

19. Una O'Neill

20. Mary Cronin

22. Aine Woods

Ballinteer Saint Johns team

1. Roisin Nash

2. Emma Lane

3. Olive Sorohan

4. Jillian Pounch

5. Roisin Kiernan

6. Fiona Hayes

7. Roisin Nic Uileagoid

8. Siobhan McIntyre

9. Niamh McKennedy

10. Niamh Leahy

11. Eilish McCarthy

12. Susan Mitchell

13. Brenda Sorohan

14. Kathy Whyte

15. Jane Tully


16. Anna Miles

17. Emily Jennings

18. Kerry McCabe

20. Emily Gaughan

21. Sarah Flynn

22. Sinead Collins

23. Annie Hynes


]]> (Brendan Donnelly Photography) Dublin GAA Gaelic Camogie Association Ireland Marino Pairc Naomh Uinseann St Vincents Ballinteer Saint Johns hurling hill16 photo photos Mon, 24 Sep 2012 15:31:59 GMT
Wexford defeat Cork to claim third successive All Ireland Camogie title Wexford are the All Ireland Senior Camogie Champions after defeating Cork in a thrilling contest at Croke Park; the win is the Wexford sides third successive All Ireland title at this grade and was aided by the impressive haul of forward Ursula Jacob who accounted for 2-7 against the Rebels.

All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final 2012

All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final 2012

All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final 2012

All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final 2012

All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final 2012

All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final 2012

All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final 2012

All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final 2012

]]> (Brendan Donnelly Photography) Wexford Cork All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 2012 Croke Park GAA GAelic Athletic Association Rebels Photo Jacob Thu, 20 Sep 2012 10:38:43 GMT
All Ireland Camogie Sevens at Kilmacud Crokes won by Clonoulty Rossmore Kilmacud Crokes played host to the annual All Ireland Sevens Camogie competition on the eve of the All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship match between Cork and Wexford in Croke Park. The group matches were contested at several venues in the south of Dublin including Silver Park. Indeed the eventual finalists of the Sevens Cup, Shannon Rovers and Clonoulty Rossmore, played out their group fixtures at the venue adjacent to the Leopardstown Race Course.

Silver Park Group Matches:

St Ibars had a convincing win in their opening game against Dublin team Na Fianna. St Ibars goalkeeper Mary Cullen in action against Na Fianna below:

Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Camogie Sevens tournament

The Saint Ibars Team that lined out on the day:

1.Mary Cullen 2. Leona Tealor 3. Maeve Quill 4. Ciara Donohoe 5. Deirdre McMahon 6. Michelle Harding 7. Anne Lacey 8. Lisa Quill 9. Niamh Potter 10. Anne-Marie Kelly

Meanwhile on pitch 1 the eventual champions Clonoulty Rossmore eventually pulled away from Ballycastle in an entertaining game that finished 8-3 to 3-5 in favour of Rossmore. Ballycastle looked dominant for a period of the first half but the consistency of the Tipperary side saw them through with an excellent second half proving the difference.

Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Camogie Sevens tournament

Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Camogie Sevens tournament

The Ballycastle Team:

1. S. McKillen 2. R. Mooney 3. S. O'Kane 4. R. Walsh 5. E. Connor 6. K. McAuley 7. N. Donnelly 8. Sam McKillen 9. E. Laverty 10. K. Donnelly

The Clonoulty Rossmore Team:

1. Theresa Burke 2. Cait Devane 3. Sarah Fryday 4. Cait Hennessy 5. Cora Hennessy 6. Julie Murphy 7. Clodagh Quirke 8. Bernadette Ryan 9. Eva Ryan 10. Noirin Ryan

Dublin side Good Counsel took on Kinvara on pitch 4 with the match going in favour of Kinvara on a final scoreline of 4-7 to 2-5.  Action from the game below:

Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Camogie Sevens tournament

Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Camogie Sevens tournament

The Kinvara Team:

1. Coleen Callanan 2. Aoibheann Mahon 3. Claire Kavanagh 4. Veronica Curtin 5. Lisa Keane 6. Caoimhe Mahon 7. Siobhan Huban 8. H. Huban 9. Paula Huban 10. Elaine Burke

The Good Counsel Team:

1. Elizabeth McGuinness 2. Luisne MacConghaile 3. Shauna Duff 11. Laura Heeney 5. Clare Kelly 6. Edel Cummins 7. Kirsten Farrell 8. Caroline Eagers 9. Joanne Burgess 10. Edel Reid

Shannon Rovers started the competition in a similar fashion to Clonoulty Rossmore with a close fought win over Duffrey Rovers. The final score in that match was 4-6 to 2-8 in favour of Rovers.

Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Camogie Sevens tournament

The Shannon Rovers Team:

1. Rita Burke 2. Amanda Bourke 3. Sabrina Larkin 4. Grainne Horan 5. Lorraine Davis 6. Aoife McLoughrey 7. Aishling McKenna 8. Laura Brophy 9. Louise Brennan 10. Helen Brennan

Duffry Rovers Team:

1. Ann Marie Foley 2. Nancy Dunphy 3. Bridin Doyle 4. Marguerite Doyle 5. Bernie Coleman 6. Elaine Doyle 7. Denise Kearns 8. Clodagh Fitzhenry 9. Cait Doyle 10. Sinead Doyle

In one of the tightest matches during the group stages Saint Josephs of Madden, Armagh defeated Kilmessan B by 4-02 to 2-07. Some photos from the match below:

Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Camogie Sevens tournament

Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Camogie Sevens tournament


Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Camogie Sevens tournament

St Josephs Madden Team:

1. Kelly Mallon 2. Caoimhe Smith 3. Roisin Mallon 4. Laura McGuinness 5. Anne Marie Grimley 6. Amy McGuinness 7. Sinead Kiernan 8. Sarah McAnallen 9. Ciara Mallon 10. Emma Vallely

Kilmessan B Team:

1. Niamh Carroll 2. Allie Lynch 3. Etaoin Doyle 4. Christine Grimes 5. Nicola Lynch 6. Clare Donohoe 7. Tressa Sheridan 8. Michelle Horan 9. Tara Murphy 10. Maeve O'Leary

Duffry Rovers defeated Kinvara in their next group match by a score of 4-3 to 0-8. Photo from the match below:


Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Camogie Sevens tournament

Plate Final

Kilrush of Wexford comfortably defeated St. Annes of Louth on a final score or 5-7 to 2-3.

Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Camogie Sevens tournament

Shield Final

In the Shield final Eire Óg-Anacarty of Tipperary defeated Meath side Kilmessan (A) on a scoreline of 4-3 to 1-5.

Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Camogie Sevens tournament

Cup Final

Tipperary teams featured prominently in the competition and this was well reflected in the final of the Cup competition with Clonoulty Rossmore taking on Shannon Rovers in the big decider. In the end it was Clonoulty Rossmore who prevailed on a scoreline of 5-10 to 0-11 to become Sevens All Ireland Camogie champions for 2012.

Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Camogie Sevens tournament

Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Camogie Sevens tournament

Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Camogie Sevens tournament

Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Camogie Sevens tournament

Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Camogie Sevens tournament






]]> (Brendan Donnelly Photography) Dublin Ireland Kilmacud Crokes Sevens Glenalbyn Silver park GAA Gaelic Athletic Association Clonoulty Rossmore Shannon Rovers 2012 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 10:10:00 GMT
Crokes promoted with win over Johns - Dublin GAA AFL2 match report Ballinteer Saint Johns welcomed Kilmacud Crokes to Marlay Park for this crucial Dublin football league division 2 clash with the result having a heavy bearing on the promotion prospects of the home side. Crokes were sitting comfortably at the top of the table and a victory against Johns would confirm them as league winners. Johns on the other hand badly needed a win to stay in the fight for a position in the play-offs. The match was played in perfect conditions with no breeze to cause any problems bar the abundance of the Marlay midges.

Following a wide ball by Crokes, an opening score by Padraig O’Connor got the Ballinteer side off to the perfect start. Crokes took a while to get a rhythm with another shot going wide before a Paul Mannion free levelled things up. The two sides exchanged further points, through a Ballinteer free and another Mannion effort from play, before a defensive error from a high ball into the Ballinteer box created the crucial moment of the match. Mannion was again central to this effort and appeared to get a fist to the ball to send it into the back of the net. Both sides would trade wides before Crokes won a free which was dispatched by Adrian Morrissey to stretch the advantage to 4 points. Crokes had now settled, particularly in the middle third where Patrick Duggan was dominating in fielding from kickouts.

With plenty of supply coming into their forwards Crokes began to notch up the scores. Further points from Morrissey, Ray Cosgrove, and Declan Kelleher, in addition to another pointed free from the boot of Morrissey, left Ballinteer with a mountain to climb moving towards the end of the first half. Feargal Duffy was standing out for Ballinteer and, despite being well marshalled by the Crokes defenders, his supply ball set up Cormac O’Brien who hit a ball over the bar for Johns.  Crokes responded immediately with a pointed free following a foul on front of the Johns goals to leave 11 points between the sides at half time. Half Time: Ballinteer St Johns 0-3 Kilmacud Crokes 1-11

The game petered out in the second half with the visitors opening up with a flurry of points before Ballinteer responded with a late scoring spell following a number of positional and tactical changes. The stand out player of the match was Mannion, who tagged on several more decent second half points. Full Time: Ballinteer St Johns 0-10 Kilmacud Crokes 1-20

Ballinteer St Johns starting team

1. Colm O'Donnell

2. Ciaran McCabe

3. Nick Devereux

4. Aaron Tuite

5. David Devereux

6. Keith Nolan

7. Cormac O'Brien

8. Peter O'Curry

9. Mark Kavanagh

10. Glen Whelan

11. Shane McCann

12. Fergal Duffy

13. Sam Tully

14. Aodhan Clabby

15. Padraig O' Connor

Kilmacud Crokes starting team

1. David Nestor

2. Ronan O'Riain

3. Nick McGrath

4. Eoin Culligan

5. Brian McGrath

6. Ross O'Carroll

7. Paul Griffin

8. Darrenn Magee

9. Patrick Duggan

10. Declan Kelleher

11. Ray Cosgrove

12. Adrian Morrissey

13. Paul Mannion

14. Johnny Magee

15. Pat Burke

]]> (Brendan Donnelly Photography) Marley Park GAA Dublin Gaelic Athletic Association Ireland Irish Hill16 Kilmacud Crokes Stillorgan Ballinteer Saint Johns sport afl2 football photo photography photos Fri, 07 Sep 2012 13:00:49 GMT
Aviva Stadium Dublin- pitch layout for an American football match  

The Lansdowne Road stadium normally plays host to rugby and soccer matches but for one sporting occasion on the first day of September 2012 the pitch was converted to host the big American football match between Navy and Notre Dame. The field marked out for the Emerald Isle classic was shorter than a standard soccer or rugby pitch as the sport is played on a field that has dimensions of 360 by 160 feet.

Notre Dame take on Navy in Emerald Isle sellout in Dublin, Ireland

Notre Dame take on Navy in Emerald Isle sellout in Dublin, Ireland

Notre Dame take on Navy in Emerald Isle sellout in Dublin, Ireland

Notre Dame take on Navy in Emerald Isle sellout in Dublin, Ireland



The scoring area, where players score touchdowns, is called an "end zone" and extends 10 yards (or 9.1 m) beyond each goal line to each end line. One of the end zones contained the text "Navy" whilst the other was marked out for Notre Dame with the text "Irish"(referring to their common name as the Fighting Irish")

Notre Dame take on Navy in Emerald Isle sellout in Dublin, Ireland

Notre Dame take on Navy in Emerald Isle sellout in Dublin, Ireland

Notre Dame take on Navy in Emerald Isle sellout in Dublin, Ireland

Notre Dame take on Navy in Emerald Isle sellout in Dublin, Ireland



]]> (Brendan Donnelly Photography) Aviva Stadium Dublin Ireland pitch Lansdowne Road Photo Photography Irish Fighting Navy Notre Dame Emerald Isle Classic American football Tue, 04 Sep 2012 12:00:38 GMT
Global Ireland Football Tournament (GIFT) 2012 - Donnybrook Stadium,Dublin  

Jesuit Prep (Dallas, TX) vs Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Illinois)

Jesuit kicker Cody Wilker hit over a crucial 28-yard field goal with less than a minute remaining on the clock to give Jesuit Prep the narrowest of victories over Loyola Academy in the first game of the season at Donnybrook Stadium in Dublin.  The match finished 30-29 in favour of Jesuit Prep from Dallas, Texas.

Notre Dame take on Navy in Emerald Isle sellout in Dublin, Ireland

Notre Dame take on Navy in Emerald Isle sellout in Dublin, Ireland

John Carroll University (Ohio) vs Saint Norbert College (Wisconsin)

John Carroll University impressed the crowd of nearly 5000 at Donnybrook Stadium when they amassed a 27-point haul during the second quarter of their 40-3 victory over the Saint Norbert College. The match was attended by the  U.S. Ambassador to Ireland,and Pittsburgh Steelers owner, Dan Rooney.

John Carroll's quarterback Mark Myers stood out by setting a school record with 457 passing yards and completing 30 of 43 passes with five touchdowns and one interception.

]]> (Brendan Donnelly Photography) GIFT 2012 Global Ireland Football Tournament Dublin Donnybrook Irish Blue Streak Green Knights Saint Norbert University Loyola Academy John Carroll Jesuit Prep American Football Donnybrook Tue, 04 Sep 2012 11:35:59 GMT
Tall Ships Crew Parade & Award Ceremony in Dublin city centre The Tall Ships Crew Parade was a lively affair with the crew of the ships making the most of the goodwill of the thousands of Dubliners who lined the parade route from Dublin's Point Depot up as far as the Custom House. The parade was finished off by an award ceremony for the various ships and crews that was overseen by Dublin Lord Mayor Naoise Ó'Muirí.

The list of winners in the Tall Ships award is listed below:

3rd Class D on Corrected Time                     Gigi (UK)

2nd Class D on Corrected Time                    Akela (Russia)

Class D on Corrected Time                           Tomidi (Belgium)

3rd Class C on Corrected Time                    Spaniel (Latvia)

2nd Class C on Corrected Time                    St Iv (Estonia)

1st Class C on Corrected Time                     Dar Szczecina (Poland)

2nd Class B on Corrected Time                    Johanna Lucretia (UK)

1st Class B on Corrected Time                     Kapitan Borchardt (Poland)

3rd Class A on Corrected Time                    Fryderyk Chopin (Poland)

2nd Class A on Corrected Time                   Alexander Von Humboldt II (Germany)

1st Class A on Corrected Time                    Cuauhtemoc (Mexico) crew shown in photo below:

Most International Crew on Race Three    Prolific (UK) (13 nationalities out of 24 persons)

Youngest Crew in Race Three                     Rona II (UK) (20.81 years)

Individual Communications Award             Bartlomiej Skwara, Fryderyk Chopin (Poland)

Communications Award                               Creidne (Ireland)

Special Award – rendering assistance      Black Diamond (UK)

Best in the Crew Parade

1st on Elapsed Time                                      Cuauhtemoc (Mexico) (two days, one hour 27 minutes nine 
                                                                            seconds, 10.52 knots)

1st Overall on Corrected Time                   Cuauhtemoc (Mexico) (one day six hours 59 minutes 48        

Most International Crew race Series    Sagres (Portugal) (19 nationalities)

1st Overall on Corrected Time for the Race Series in Class D    Akela (Russia)

1st Overall on Corrected Time for the Race Series in Class C    Dar Szczecina (Poland)

1st Overall on Corrected Time for the Race Series in Class B    Johanna Lucretia (UK)

1st Overall on Corrected Time for the Race Series in Class A    Fryderyk Chopin (Poland)

1st Overall on Elapsed Time for the Race Series    Fryderyk Chopin (Poland)

Torbay Cup    Holly Byrne, Stavros S Niarchos (UK) shown in photo below:


The Torbay Cup is an award presented to a trainee for "outstanding individual achievement and personal effort.  Every Captain is invited to nominate a trainee who has taken part in The Tall Ships Races 2012."


Bernard Heppener Trophy    Lara Kaine , Captain of Moosk (UK)

Friendship Trophy  St.Iv (Estonia) Shown in the photo below:

]]> (Brendan Donnelly Photography) Dublin Ireland Tall Ships International Awards Torbay Sailing Training Festival Races Irish August 2012 photo photos photography Cuauhtemoc Holly Byrne St Iv Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:07:13 GMT
Tall Ships Races Festival attracts over 1 million visitors to Dublin's Docklands Over one million people flocked to the Docklands in Dublin for the four day festival to celebrate the arrival of the international fleet of ships taking part in the 2012 Tall Ships Races. The event, organised by Sail Training International, was extremely popular and visitors were provided with a wealth of entertainment options to choose from including an eclectic mix of live music on the Bulmers Live Music stage at George's Dock. Rock groups Therapy?, Ash, and The Undertones were the highlights of the musical talent on offer with the purpose built music dock filling to its 1000 person capacity despite the rainy conditions on Saturday evening.

Duke Special live on the Bulmers Music Dock during the Tall Ships Festival in Dublin:

Therapy? performed a setlist including classics from their album Troublegum  to a large crowd on George's Dock:

The Undertones perform on the Bulmers Live Music Dock during the Tall Ships Festival:

In addition to the live music on offer the annual Kings of Concrete event took place in the Urban Culture Zone to coincide with the Tall Ships Festival. Hanover Quay was an interesting place during the course of the festival weekend with popular modern urban pursuits such as skateboarding, wakeboarding, and parkour entertaining the crowds.

Some of the spectacles from the Battle of the Winds wakeboarding and parkour on display in Hanover Quay:


And of course the ships themselves which were the star attractions as people queued for as long as an hour or more to climb aboard and take a look around!

The Italian Class A Tall Ship, Amerigo Vespucci, arrives in Dublin's Docklands as thousands of people packed the Samuel Beckett Bridge for a vantage point

A view of the Tall Ships docked on the final evening of the Tall Ships Races Festival in Dublin:


]]> (Brendan Donnelly Photography) Dublin Ireland Tall Ships boat sail Irish Sailing International Training Therapy? The Undertones Duke Special Kings Concrete Parkour wakeboarding Wed, 29 Aug 2012 11:50:41 GMT
Harps scrape past Johns in Camogie Championship -Dublin Senior B Camogie match report Match Report Ballinteer Saint Johns vs Skerries Harps Ozo Senior B Camogie Championship 2012

A nice sunny evening devoid of rainfall proved a fitting backdrop for the Dublin Senior B camogie clash between Ballinteer Saint Johns and Skerries Harps in Marlay Park on Tuesday evening. The match appeared to open up brightly for the hosts when Niamh Leahy’s shot, within seconds of the throw in, seemed to go over the bar; after some initial confusion between the umpires and referee the match got back underway with both sides yet to score. Skerries opened up the proceedings well with two unanswered points, coming from full forward Clodagh Bolger and a classy finish from a tight angle by half forward Orlaith Durkan. Ballinteer got onto the scoreboard with a point coming from Niamh McKennedy after an assist from half forward Jane Tully. The home side then levelled things up when midfielder Fiona Hayes knocked over a 45’ although some good team work upon the restart between Hayes and Leahy failed to bear fruit when McKennedy’s shot went wide. Ballinteer’s momentum faltered somewhat following a reversal of fortunes that saw a Hayes free repelled by Skerries defender Yvonne Hannon; Hannon laid the ball off to half forward Orlaith Durkan whose breaking run earned her side a free which she duly converted. Durkan’s score signalled a spell of Skerries dominance that stretched the lead to 4 points. Despite a wide by corner forward Tara O’Flaherty, and a good clearance of another O’Flaherty effort by Ballinteer goalkeeper Roisin Nash, Harps scored three points in a row through the stick of centre forward Jean Murphy; Murphy, the standout player in the match, scored a 45’ and a free, in addition to a quality solo run down the pitch that ended with the sliotar sailing over the bar. Ballinteer would manage to score once more before the half ended with corner forward Brenda Sorohan making a good run before knocking over a point from the right of the Skerries goal.

Half Time: Ballinteer Saint Johns 0-3 Skerries Harps 0-6

Ballinteer had some work to do to get back into the match and started off the second half in more convincing fashion with Brenda Sorohan winning a 45’. The 45’ was put wide but amends were made when midfielder Siobhan McIntyre hit over a point to reduce the arrears to 2 points. A converted Skerries free from Murphy again stretched the gap with Skerries dominating more in the middle third.  The sides would go on to trade points before the first key moment of the match would benefit the visitors. Murphy was again the protagonist when her sublime solo run ended with a speculative shot landing in the back of the Johns net. At 0-5 vs 1-8 Ballinteer were now facing an uphill struggle to stay in the game but the response was impressive with the Marlay Park side going through a purple patch with Fiona Hayes and Sorohan excelling. Sorohan’s tally of 2-1 during this period, combined with a point apiece from McKennedy and Hayes, completely changed the complexion of the tie. With the match almost up it appeared that a home victory was on the cards as Ballinteer were a goal ahead. Harps however had other ideas and quickly began a dogged fight back which culminated in a pointed free from half forward Orlaith Durkan and a crucial goal resulting from a desperate scramble in the Johns box.

Final Score: Ballinteer Saint Johns 2-8 vs Skerries Harps 2-9

Ballinteer Saint Johns Team

  1. Roisin Nash
  2. Susan Mitchell
  3. Caroline Kenny
  4. Jillian Pounch
  5. Roisin Kiernan
  6. Olive Sorohan
  7. Roisin NicUileagoid
  8. Siobhan McIntyre
  9. Fiona Hayes
  10. Jane Tully
  11. Niamh McKennedy
  12. Niamh Leahy
  13. Brenda Sorohan
  14. Emma Lane
  15. Eilish McCarthy



  1. Emily Jennings
  2. Kerry McCabe
  3. Margaret O’Donnell
  4. Anna Miles
  5. Annie Hynes
  6. Sarah Flynn

Skerries Harps Team


  1. Aishling Spillane
  2. Aoife Halpin
  3. Tara Magee
  4. Yvonne Hannon
  5. Evelyn Garland
  6. Catherine Richardson
  7. Michelle O’Neill
  8. Julia Gormley
  9. Ciara Copeland
  10. Orlaith Durkan
  11. Jean Murphy
  12. Rachel O’Flaherty
  13. Nicola Mehigan
  14. Clodagh Bolger
  15. Tara O’Flaherty





  1. Tracey Dennis
  2. Patricia Ferguson
  3. Karen Ellis
  4. x
  5. Kathy Gilmore
  6. Aine Gilmore
  7. Valerie Van Veen
  8. Roisin Leneghan
]]> (Brendan Donnelly Photography) Ozo Senior B Division 2 Camogie League Championship August 2012 Marlay Park Ballinteer Saint Johns Skerries Harps GAA Gaelic Athletic Association Hill16 Photo Image pic Wed, 22 Aug 2012 13:20:40 GMT
Late Crokes goal downs Ballinteer - Dublin GAA Adult Hurling League match report Ballinteer Saint Johns travelled to Stillorgan to play Kilmacud Crokes knowing that a win or a draw would ensure Senior Division 1 league status. The match started off brightly for the visitors early pressure yielding two unanswered points from Ruaidhri Donnelly and Glen Whelan. Crokes responded well and got on the scoreboard with a point from Ross O’Carroll following an assist from his team mate Damien Kelly. A good solo run along the near sideline by Aodhán Clabby resulted in a free to Johns which Clabby duly converted.  Following a missed free by Crokes player Jude Sweeney and a wide ball from play by Aodhán Clabby, Crokes closed the gap to a single point when Ronan Walsh’s good work resulted in a foul and a handy pointed free from Sean McGrath. At 0-2 vs 0-3 Ballinteer could have stretched the gap between the sides only for two more wides coming from a sideline and a miss from play.  The pattern of the match was now settling in with several continuous frees interrupting the flow of the match. Clabby again pointed for Ballinteer from a placed ball although team mate Joe Maher’s long range free  was cleared well by Crokes centre back Niall Corcoran which ultimately led to a nice point from play by Conor Clinton.

Two points from play by Kilmacud’s full forward Declan Browne and several more scores from Ballinteer’s Clabby kept the scores ticking over and the sides went in at half time with the narrowest of margins between them. Half Time: Kilmacud Crokes: 0-9 Ballinteer Saint Johns 0-8

The damage that ultimately determined the result of the match would be done during the first ten minutes of the second half with Crokes dominating this early period and exposing the Ballinteer backs with quick passes that gave their forwards chances to shoot unmarked.  Two such examples came from points by Barry O’Rourke and Conor Clinton while this early pressure also accounted for a free that was converted by Sean McGrath. Another pointed free by McGrath, and a free by Clabby, combined with a nice breakthrough solo run and point by Ballinteer’s Cian Dolan left the sides at 0-13 vs 0-10 in favour of Crokes.  

Three points would separate the sides for the rest of the half with Ballinteer’s resurgence hindered by some bad wides particularly from frees. A few inspirational blocks and clearances by Ballinteer’s Cormac O’Brien would also help keep the visitors in the tie and, when substitute Ciaran Lane batted the ball into the Crokes net, it appeared the match would finish level at 0-17 vs 1-14. However, a final attack from Crokes ultimately led to a crucial goal by Ross O’Carroll, who had been excellent throughout, and the match finished with 3 points between the teams. Full Time: Kilmacud Crokes 1-17 Ballinteer Saint Johns 1-14

Ballinteer Saint Johns Team

  1. Sean Lane
  2. Frank  O’Donogue
  3. Cormac O’Brien
  4. Micheal O’ Meachair
  5. Jack Gilligan
  6. Keith Nolan
  7. Fionnan MacGabhainn
  8. Glen Whelan
  9. Gavin Byrne
  10. Aodhan Clabby
  11. James Kennedy
  12. Cian Dolan
  13. Feargal Chambers
  14. Ruaidhri Donnelly           
  15. Joe Maher

Kilmacud Crokes Team


  1. Matt Collins
  2. Aodhan De Paor
  3. Aiden McGrath
  4. Gary McMorrow
  5. James Burke
  6. Niall Corcoran
  7. Ronan Walsh
  8. Naomhan O’Riordan
  9. Conor Clinton
  10. Jude Sweeney
  11. Damien Kelly
  12. Ross O’Carroll
  13. Sean McGrath
  14. Declan Browne
  15. Barry O’Rourke
]]> (Brendan Donnelly Photography) Pairc De Burca GAA Dublin Gaelic Athletic Association Ireland Irish Hill16 Kilmacud Crokes Stillorgan Ballinteer Saint Johns sport image action photo photography photos Tue, 21 Aug 2012 14:31:28 GMT
92nd Liffey Swim in Dublin city centre The annual Dublin Liffey Swim race took part in the capital with the course changed to accommodate the building work on the new Marlborough Luas Bridge. The race, organised by Swim Ireland, began at the Custom House and finished at the Eastlink Bridge.


Race Positions


  • Winner - Tom Loftus, Eastern Bay Club.
  • Second place - Brian Murphy,  Glenalbyn Masters Club.
  • Third Place - Gerry Kiersey, Eastern Bay Club.


  • Winner - Clodagh Nolan, Carraig Masters Club.
  • Second place - Fala Buggy, NAC Masters Club.
  • Third Place - Karen McGowan, Guinness Club.

]]> (Brendan Donnelly Photography) Swim Swimming Swimmers Race Liffey River Custom House city centre Ireland Dublin Men Women water Tue, 21 Aug 2012 12:46:59 GMT
Taylor the main attraction at Olympic homecoming ceremony in Dublin


The special homecoming ceremony for the Irish Olympians took place in Dublin's Dawson Street with hundreds of Irish Olympic fans attending despite heavy wind and rain. The ceremony was attended by gold winning Irish boxer Katie Taylor, silver medal winning boxer John Joe Nevin, bronze medal winners Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlon, and Equestrian bronze medal winner Cian O'Connor.

]]> (Brendan Donnelly Photography) Olympic Homecoming ceremony Dublin OCI Ireland Irish Olympian Katie Taylor Paddy Barnes Des Cahill John Joe Nevin Michael Conlan Cian O'Connor Carruth Dawson Street Image Photo photos photography Thu, 16 Aug 2012 10:23:07 GMT
Colin Farrell gets red carpet treatment for Total Recall premiere in Dublin Irish actor Colin Farrell was joined on the red carpet by his Total Recall co-stars Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel,and the film's director Len Wiseman, at the film's European Premiere in Dublin's Savoy Cinema, on Tuesday night.
Farrell's influence helped ensure that the European premiere would take place in his hometown and the event was also attended by his mother Rita and close friends.
]]> (Brendan Donnelly Photography) Colin Farrell Jessica Biel Kate Beckinsale Dublin Ireland European Premiere Savoy Cinema film movie Total Recall red carpet star celebrity photo image gossip Thu, 16 Aug 2012 09:43:36 GMT
Leinster defeat Gloucester in pre-season friendly in Tallaght Stadium An impressive performance from a youthful Leinster side contributed towards a win against Gloucester in Tallaght Stadium in Dublin on Saturday afternoon. The Heineken Cup Champions ran out 33-22 winners in the Bank of Ireland pre-season friendly. 

Leinster Rugby team

15    Darren Hudson
14    Andrew Boyle
13    Colm O'Shea
12    Noel Reid
11    Fionn Carr   
10    Ian Madigan
9    John Cooney
1    Jack McGrath
2    Aaron Dundon
3    Jamie Hagan
4    Tom Denton
5    Damian Browne
6    Ben Marshall
7    Shane Jennings (Captain)
8    Leo Auva'a
Leinster Subs
16    Thomas Sexton
17    Jack O'Connell
18    Martin Moore
19    Dominic Ryan
20    Jordi Murphy
21    Luke McGRath
22    Cathal Marsh
23    Brendan Macken
24    James Tracy
25    Sam Coghlan-Murray

Gloucester Rugby Team

15    Rob Cook
14    Shane Monahan
13    Tim Moenaar
12    Billy Twelvetrees
11    Ian Clark
10    Tim Taylor
9    Dave Lewis
1    Yann Thomas
2    Darren Dawidiuk
3    Shaun Knight
4    Tom Savage
5    Alex Brown (Captain)
6    Peter Buxton
7    Andy Hazell
8    Sione Kalamafoni
Gloucester Subs
16    Koree Britton
17    Dan Murphy
18    Dario Chistolini
19    Will James
20    Gareth Evans
21    Dan Robson
22    Mike Tindall
23    James Simpson-Daniel
24    Rob Langley
25    Martyn Thomas
26    Tommaso D'Apice



LEINSTER SCORERS: I. Madigan (1 try, 4 conv), L. Auva'a, A. Boyle, D. Ryan, D. Hudson (1 try each)

GLOUCESTER SCORERS: I Clark, P. Buxton, D. Murphy (1 try each), R. Cook (1 penalty, 1 conv), T. Taylor (1 conv)


]]> (Brendan Donnelly Photography) Leinster Gloucester Rugby Ireland Dublin Tallaght Stadium August 2012 IRFU Blue Magic RFU match photos photo photographer Irish English pic pics images Heineken Cup Champions Bank of Ireland Sun, 12 Aug 2012 09:56:51 GMT