Cian Finn

It has been five wonderful years

I don’t know where all these years have gone, but they have been wondrous. 233 posts, at least 2000 photographs… Happy Blogoversary to me! ūüôā


The beginning was shocking. I got the WAMP and wrote a bunch of articles related to the family photography since this blog was meant to be a portfolio. I launched the blog in February, but to my horror, it got a close attention from various adult websites, and I  had to delete all my articles and children photographs.

My Blogger Friends, I would quit right there if it wasn’t for your support.

I started from scratch in March.

Please, click on the photos and it will open the pages.

I wrote about myself, shared my memories and adventures. I also wrote about my friends. That year I started my annual Saltee Islands series.


I went to many street festivals, like the Durrow Scarecrow festival.

I also started Pat Gibbons and his Foxes series.

It was a great year, I blogged twice a week.


I started getting more feedback. It was wonderful. People asked questions, commissioned photographs. That year I wrote about Clonmel photographer William Despard Hemphill, and what a rewarding surprise it was to get this email:

Just a quick Thank you for your excellent blog on Clonmel and William Hemphill. I am his great great grandson and my dad has all his books and helped produce the book about his pics. His mum lived in Oakville, Dr Hemphill‚Äôs house in Clonmel and I went there once before it was demolished and the supermarket car park built. When I left school (1976) I cycled round the area taking pictures also based on Dr Hemphills…¬†

…Thanks again for the blog. I‚Äôll be showing it to my dad (93 on Tuesday) and he will be thrilled. Born in Carick-On-Suir he has incredible recall of the area, and your pics will bring them back again.

R… E…

That year I also wrote about my travels, and as always, about birds and animals.

I didn’t forget to visit Pat and his foxes.

I did some street photography. This is Cian Finn.

He sings about life, and I wholeheartedly agree with him.

I also started Waterford Walls series that summer. In October I went to Donegal to attend Elena Shumilova’s first international workshop, and the trip resulted in four blog posts.


That year I started Anne Valley series and wrote three blog posts. Since then I regularly visit the trail.

I started Clonegam series.

I wrote about myself, and shared my opinions ūüôā


I met two journeymen, and after a month, got a feedback from a fellow blogger on their further travels in Ireland.


I started Comeragh and Knockmealdown, Greenway, Mount Congreve and Curraghmore House series.

The blog posts about Pat and his foxes were the most popular. Many websites around the world translated the story into different languages, and some of them actually asked permission. There were also some who removed my logo ūüôā It doesn’t matter to me, because the sole purpose of my blog was to spread a word. I was so delighted when my friend told me that Bored Panda website used my pictures along with the story from the Irish Examiner :). Anyway, I am happy that Pat and his foxes are getting so much attention.

I continued with the street festivals-related posts: Waterford Walls, Harvest Festival, St Patrick’s Parade, Spraoi.


I didn’t blog much last year.

I started, and will continue Follow The Vikings series, and Kerry series. 

Puffins and foxes surely took all the limelight, as always ūüôā Amazing¬†Poet Rummager Rose Perez wrote a charming haiku inspired by the tiny puffin


I have wings to fly

They never are really used

‚ÄėTil I see your smile

Another lovely feedback was received last year in response to my post The Last Butler of Curraghmore.

… I am Basil Croeser‚Äôs daughter, living in Montreal, Canada. My brother… sent the link to your blog post entitled The Last Butler of Curraghmore and I just wanted to thank you so much for your lovely words and photos. ¬†
…They were really chuffed and surprised and I think it made their week!…
Thanks again and best regards,

What you won’t find in my blog:
– ANY sort of radicalism and also lies, defamation, hate, envy
What I want to ask:
– Please, link your Gravatar picture to your current page so that every blogger could easily visit your blog ‚ô•
РUse Calendar and Archives widgets so that your visitors could access your earlier blog posts. You deserve to be heard.

I don’t know how long I will blog, but I think that all my efforts throughout these five years were worth it ūüôā

Thank you so much for all the inspiration and support! ♥

With love

People in the streets


What is street photography? Almost everything! Photographing¬†street scenes, public events and human characters; landmarks and architecture, urban environment, transportation… Plus colors, patterns, shadows… Simply everything.

People walk in the streets,¬†but they also do many other things. ¬†They sell and¬†buy stuff, sometimes quite amazing, like this green cat…


… or this hand-made jewelry. Well, the sellers can¬†be remarkable too.


This young man is not texting. He is reading. Not good for the sales, but good for him. I took this picture because of the color arrangement: red parasol and hoodie Р blond hair and wooden kitchenware.


More amazing stuff, and the artist himself is a character.


Street vendors in NYC are not different from their colleagues in  the rest of the world. It is an old photograph РI wonder if anything has changed.


People also perform in the streets.   I already posted about the street performers in Dublin. This guy was spotted in Belfast.


That’s NYC again.


Tall Ships festival in Waterford.


Dublin Pride – this girl came all the way from¬†Brasil. A spectator in his underpants could¬†be from anywhere – could¬†be a time travelling gone wrong…


This band was actually brilliant, but the streets were empty: beach party in progress.

watch performance

This guy is a reggae musician Cian Finn. I had no idea when I spotted him in Cork and asked for a photograph. Things happen ūüôā


People use electronic devices in the streets.




People sometimes cook in the streets.



People are generally friendly and happy. They pose if asked nicely.




People chat with strangers.


Unhappy people protest, usually peacefully…


… or use electronic devices…


Some people stay in the streets most of their time.

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Some people¬†own terrific cars and look darn cool, like this Italian policeman.¬†In 2004, Lamborghini donated two Lamborghini Gallardo police cars to the Polizia di Stato on their 152nd anniversary. On the 31st November 2009 one of these 165,000-euro cars was badly damaged in a collision near the northern Italian town of Cremona where it was on display at a student jobs fair. It was repaired in January 2010. I took this photograph of the famous Lamborghinis in Tivoli in March 2010, and consider myself very lucky for¬†being in the right place at the right time ūüôā


Some people own¬†bikes, like this shiny one. I was circling around it long enough to get arrested ūüôā


Some people just wait for their bus.


Most of people walk…


… and cast shadows if the day is sunny.


Most of the days are not sunny here, it is why  I am posting a sad song for you:  Johnny Cash РStreets of Laredo.

IneseMjPhotographyHave a wonderful weekend!