Tipperary Photography Competition

The Ask!

Attention all budding photographers under the age of 18! Museum of Childhood Ireland are looking for you to take a photo of your favourite building in Tipperary town for #Heritageweek2022 and let us know why you love the building you’ve chosen! #Sustainability #CTCHC Tipperary town from a child and youth perspective!

The Photographic entries were judged based on the following: Impact Focus, Exposure, and Framing.

The Judges

Eamonn Doyle.

Born in Dublin in 1969, Eamonn Doyle graduated with a Diploma in Photography from IADT in 1991. He spent much of the next twenty years producing music and working in the independent music business, founding the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF) alongside the record labels D1 Recordings and Dead Elvis. Doyle returned to photography in 2008. His debut photobook i was published in March 2014. Most of Doyle’s work is produced in and around the Dublin city centre where he has lived for the past 20 years



Gary Doyle Photography

I have been ‘clicking’ since my teens back in the 1980’s and have always loved documenting moments. Over the years I have covered countless weddings and special occasions, my style is relaxed, informal and attentiveness to the client is my cornerstone. As a family man I understand the importance of both making your day as relaxed as possible (for all!) and having a beautiful family archive to treasure for a lifetime.I have been a wedding and people photographer since 1990. I love my job and as my son so often reminds me, “Dad it must be a great feeling taking pictures for such a special day”, it is. I have shot for many couples documenting, editing & delivering images that are loved for a lifetime.  My shooting style is founded on great connection, when you feel relaxed this will shine through in your pictures. I am accredited with the Irish Photographic Federation 


Barry Delaney (Baz),

Inspired by the colour, energy and DIY attitude of punk, Barry fled the grey Dublin of the early 1980s to travel the world, and fell in love with film photography. After years of eking out a living doing various manual and technical jobs, he began taking pictures again on the streets of Dublin, his home town. In 2008, he won the TG4 Irish photographer of the 21st Century. Barry has had 5 solo exhibitions in Dublin, including his photo essay of life in modern America – Americans Anonymous. Barry is shortlisted for the Zurich Portrait prize 2022.



Peter Keane

Peter Keane is a Portrait, and Landscape photographer based in Dublin. Peter says

“I have been an enthusiastic amateur photographer for many years – shooting a wide variety of image styles but my main styles currently are landscape and portraits. I got hooked on amateur photography in my teens (many moons ago!) when my pal and photographer friend invited me along on one of his photo rambles and explained the basics of photography as we explored our local area. When I saw his photo collection I was hooked and said to myself; I want to be able to shoot photos like this too! I started with a basic rangefinder film camera that I used for a couple of years before I upgraded to a Pentax Spotmatic DSLR.  The DSLR cameras allow you to change lenses with provides much greater versatility with the photos that can be captured. It was great fun getting started but challenging at the same time. However when you start to get pleasing results the passion for photography increases dramatically.With no formal education in photography I built my skill levels through reading books, magazines and eventually with Youtube videos.One never stops learning photography – but thats all part of the fun – watching your photos get better year after year. Most important is to shoot any subject that attracts your attention – if I’m happy with the shot then thats all that matters.Thanks for reading and remember it should always be fun and exciting – so take breaks when necessary.”


John Hickey

John Hickey is enthusiast Portrait and Landscape photographer, from Cashel, Co Tipperary and has been living in Dublin for many years. John says “I have always had a point and shoot camera and took mainly family and holiday photos. I got more involved with Photography in the past ten years. In March 2017, I achieved my Irish Photographic Federation Licentiateship Distinction Qualification (LIPF) in Portlaoise. I have taken photos at many Community and Cultural events. A number of my Photos have been included in Publications and on the Cabinteely Tidy Towns Heritage Board erected in the Village. I share photos on Facebook and on Flickr, a photo sharing website.”

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/john.hickey.5682

FLICKR: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotosbyjohnh/ 

The prizes!

Voucher for afternoon tea for 4 from the Great National Ballykisteen Golf Hotel. Voucher for dinner for 2 from restaurant ‘Prime 74’. Voucher for afternoon tea for 4 from ‘French Quarter Cafe’. Cinema voucher for 4 from ‘Excel Cinema’. A signed copy of Eamon Doyle’s Photography Art book: Eamonn Doyle . A signed copy of Barry Delaney and John O’Donnell’s Photography / Poetry book ‘Americans Anonymous’, and books on Irish / International photography, Archicture, Nature and Sustainability, from the Museum of Childhood Ireland.

The 5 Finalists!

Davis Street, Tipperary.

My favourite building is this building in Davis Street in Tipperary Town because it has colour and personal associations for me. 

James age 14

Judges comments:

A lovely angle and full of such vibrant colours. The lines of the windows, the blinds and shutter offset against the detailing of the tiles is really interesting, so too the reflection of a person, building opposite and the cloudy sky. Capturing the ubiquitous and iconic orange traffic cone as part of the photo was a highpoint for one of our judges. James’s favourite building in Tipperary Town has personal associations for him and this is a fantastic motivator for any great photographer.

St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Tipperary Town.

Since I was little I was religious and I would always go to church. I moved to Ireland two years ago with some english knowledge. I didn’t go to church because I couldn’t understand much so I would just pray at home. My friend told me that I could always go alone when there was nobody there, and that way I would be more comfortable. Since then I sometimes like to go there to pray and be with my own thoughts. For me church is the only place that will always remain the same no matter where you go and that is the reason why I’ve chosen this as my favourite building in Tipperary.

Lorena age 16

Judges comments:

This is a lovely composition with nice leading lines, the image coupled with Lorena’s reason to take this picture moved our judges to tears.   One judge commented: “Everybody needs and deserves to have a space to feel comforted and safe.  Lorean’s story reminded me of a quote by Saint Francis of Assisi ‘Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily. To lean upon Thy great strength, trustfully, restfully. To wait for the unfolding of Thy will, patiently, serenely.’  The quote concludes with the words, ‘To meet others, peacefully, joyously. To face tomorrow, confidently, courageously.’ ” Hopefully Lorena will meet new friends and face into the future with confidence and support.  Not forgetting to keep taking beautiful, thoughtful and meaningful photos.

Lewis butchers, Tipperary Town.

I love this shop in Tipperary town because of it’s unique character.

 Alex age 13

Judges comments:

A brilliant capture not only showing us this buildings unique character but also reflections of the surrounding location. Have you spotted the ornate street lamp? They loved too that you can see the slope of the street in the photo. A timeless photograph, that evokes a bygone age but captured in July 2022! The judges loved the picture within a picture element and thought it a lovely connection to the community of Tipperary town.

The Clock Tower, Tipperary Town. 

I loved this building in Tipperary Town as it reminded me of the clock tower in the ‘Back to the Future’ movies and I think that Tipperary Town is the sort of place where anything might happen too! 

Alannah, age 13.

Judges comments:

This is an accomplished shot with an unusual angle, quirky and off- centre.  A bit like the movie Back to the Future! The judges loved how the image brings a slice of Hollywood to Tipperary for Alannah, and her quote, ‘I think that Tipperary Town is the sort of place where anything might happen too!’ brought a big smile to our judge’s faces. 

Arra Vets, Tipperary Town.

The reason I picked Arra vets as the building I love is because I love animals and they do too!

Leon, age 10

Judges comments:

I love how the curve of the white line in the road compliments the curve of the roof on this building and the curves of the brick arches above the windows.  The reason why Leon chose to take a picture of this building is simply beautiful, a shared love of animals. The building seems very fit for purpose with an almost human/animal face like facade. Magic can happen in the ordinary, everyday and in Leon’s photograph we see this; note the rubbish and recycling bins to the right of the photo, the delivery lorry just visible on the left, and the signs of occupancy by objects and lights in the windows.

Congratulations Comhghairdeachas

Congratulations to all our Heritage Week Photography Competition winners from the judges, and the team at the Museum of Childhood Ireland and to all the talented entrants, also our wonderful collaborative partners for Heritage Week 2022 Thank You – Míle Buíochas

Contact, Majella McAllister: mmcallister@museumofchildhood.ie