One of Johns favorite quotes was “I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, i found, was really going in.” (John Muir)
John was a part time landscape photographer from and living in county Clare. He grew up on a farm near Corofin village and was living nearby. At an early age he developed a passion for photography and for the beauty of nature and the Irish countryside. He traveled a lot throughout Ireland photographing and researching the history of Ireland’s countless beautiful ruined churches, castles and monuments. He also spent a lot of time hill walking and taking landscape photos.
His favourite place in Ireland was the Macgillycuddy Reeks mountain range in county Kerry. With their rugged beauty, splendid views and peacefulness said he could often empathize with Norman Maclean’s great line from A River Runs Through It “When I am alone in the half light of the canyon all existence seems to fade to a being with my soul, and memories and the sounds of the Big Black Foot River” John in his work endeavored to portray the Irish landscape and its national treasures in all their beauty and magnificence. He shot with a Cannon EOS 400D camera and a number of lenses To view more of his photos please visit the link “List of Websites” where we have all his websites listed and photos can be purchased as cards, matted prints, laminated prints, mounted prints, canvas prints, framed prints, calenders, mousepads, mugs, posters and more from these sites.
Richard BurkeI got to know John first back in 2005 when I joined the Tennis Club in Ennis. I immediately found him to be a most honest, affable fellow and, over the following three years, we played a lot of doubles matches together and became good friends. John was always the diligent organiser of those very enjoyable games – I can still remember his cracking serves.
In 2008, John decided not to renew his membership of the club as, at that stage, he was spending a lot more of his free time on his love of photography. We would still meet regularly for a tea or coffee though, often discussing the latest sporting event, political development or a recent photo-hunting expedition that he’d been on. Back then it wasn't unusual to bump into John in town in the early evening after his working day in Shannon Aerospace. Having parked his car, he would often go on a walk around Ennis before his daily shop. A member of the Clare Outdoor Club, he had the long loping stride of a man who loved walking and who was clearly more happy traversing countryside than concrete.
It was only after his passing that I heard from Brendan (John’s brother), that John had secured a Masters in Classical Studies at University. On all the occasions we talked and socialised he had never once mentioned this remarkable achievement – a testimony to his modest, self-effacing nature. With his tall good looks, his love of the great outdoors and his quest for yet another great photograph, he was Clare’s Indiana Jones.
I hope we’ll meet again.
- October 14, 2011