"LINKED BY A THREAD" Clones Lace and the Ulster Canal Stores

" I can die now in peace and happiness" not that we want you to Mamo, these were the words spoken by Mamo McDonald at the opening of the new Lace Museum in the Ulster Canal Stores in Clones. Mamo along with Maire Treanor have been advocates for this project for many years. Deirdre Kelly, Kathleen Cassidy and Dianne McPhelim were tasked with this project and wow did they pull off a great job, a beautiful centre which puts Clones on the serious tourist trail and this is only the beginning. Minister Heather Humphries performed the honours and cut the tape to launch this exciting spectacle for Clones. The Clones Lace was established by Cassandra Hand to aid women during the awful famine and here it is today still sustaining Clones and it's hinterland. The Lacemakers need to be thanked for continuing this great cultural tradition and they in turn encourage other people to take up the needle and preserve it's tradition for the next century. I feel privileged to have captured the images of the Lacemakers and their lace for both the centre and the new website www.ulstercanalstoresvisitorcentre.ie especially being born and bred in the town, indeed my studio is only a couple a hundred yards down the road from the centre. If you have visitors or relatives home please make sure to call into the Bistro at the Canal Stores and then take a tour after Coffee and Cake, well worth it and it will make you proud to be from Clones. These are only some of the pieces of lace there are just too many to show. Enjoy

Eugene T Hamill Photography's Happy Faces 2019

THE CAPUCHIN DAY CENTRE for the HOMELESS served 272,000 dinners and distributed 108,500 meal parcels last year to people in need of which 8000 were children. As well as feeding the homeless they provide family rooms for family’s to enjoy their meal in safety and comfort, they also supply shower facilities and clean underwear and clothes to those who need them every day from 9-11. If that was not enough, they then also provide nursing facility on Monday morning and afternoon, a doctor/nurse service on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and if you need a Chiropodist there is a clinic on the Wednesday and the Friday. The Dentist is available on Wednesday and Friday as well and if you need the optician, he/she is available on Saturdays. This is a magnificent service that is provided by Brother Kevin and his Capuchin monks and their dedication and care is exemplary. This all costs money and this is why this year Eugene T. Hamill Photography and his clients are supporting this very necessary and worthy cause. Please help us by booking your 15-minute mini-studio session in this years “Eugene T. Hamill Photography’s Happy Faces Day” on the 30th, 31st May & 1st June. For 25 euros you get your mini session and a 7x5 image in a presentation folder, one person only per image. Contact Eugene: 047 51788, 087 9948585, www.ethamill.com or just stop me in the street and book …. Looking forward to catching that smile !!, thanks. 

TIDY TOWNS 2018, CASTLE LESLIE, GLASLOUGH....

I was watching nationwide this evening and it was all about Tidy Towns 2019 so it prompted me to post the images I captured last year in Castle Leslie of all the county winners and overall winner Glaslough Co. Monaghan so well well done that committee. Heather Humphreys gave out the awards and thanked all the sponsors especially Super Valu and Coillte for their continued support to this annual competition and also congratulated and thanked all the volunteers who make this the truly unique competition it is. It’s never too late to join your local Tidy Towns group and it’s good for your physical and mental wellbeing to boot !

MARTIN & GERRY....

MARTIN & GERRY ....

Just love your images, hope all is well in Galway... Martin was delighted with his framed image which was a gift, have you thought of framedimages as a present for that special occasion ..... buy a voucher for that special person or family that means so much to you !

FIVER FRIDAY March 16th 2018

"FIVER FRIDAY" Eugene T. Hamill Photography will be offering a "studio social media portrait" . For a FIVER just call to my studio on the Cavan Rd (H23XV06, for your satnav) I will capture your likeness and post to your facebook page or email to you and you can use on all your social media platforms, remember "First impressions last forever" so let me make yours great !!!

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MARY McALEESE.... National Womens Day March 8th 2018

"Misogynistic codology masking as theology" there you go guys listen to "Our Mary" and let women have their say on how our church (which I presume includes women) should be run. We have a shortage of priests, there you go sort it out and let women preach the Gospel !!!!!

BORDER COMMUNITIES AGAINST BREXIT... European Medal Award

Congratulations to the Border Communities Against Brexit on recieving their European People of the Year medal at the Garage Theatre in Monaghan. The medal was presented by the four Sinn Fein MEP's and Marian Harkin Independant Mep and Neassa Childers (Neassa was not present) who nominated the group for the prestigious award. Kudos to the Garage Theatre who catered the event and who's manager is Cathy Bennett Sinn Fein and Chairperson of Monaghan County Council. The Oriel Singers from Monaghan provided the post presentation entertainment.

Well done "Our Ones"... Social innovators

Local school scoops positive mental health award

By

 Caroline Gauley

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25th April 2017

 

 

A local school has been awarded for their work in promoting positive mental health.

Largy College in Clones has won a Young Social Innovators of the Year Award in the ‘Make Our World Healthier – Mental Health’ category.

Youthreach, Cavan was highly commended in the same category for their project ‘Depression: A Struggle Within’.

Over 7,000 young people took part in the awards this year, creatively tackling social issues affecting them and their communities

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PIETA HOUSE Fundraiser, 4th & 5th May, book now please......

“A Portrait for Pieta House”

This year we will be raising much needed funds for Pieta House.“Pieta House provides a free, therapeutic approach to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm and those bereaved by suicide”. We in Clones like many towns the length and breadth of Ireland have experienced the sad and traumatic consequences of suicide. Pieta House have fifteen centres throughout the country and it is only through fundraising that they keep these houses open as all their services are free to their clients so this year Eugene T. Hamill Photography, Clones and you my Clients will be helping Pieta House. I have been inspired to do this by the incredible work being carried out by my daughter Laura’s Transition Year project in their “Mend a Mind, it’s a disorder not a decision” project promoting good mental health awareness. Largy College have just learned that the this year's Transition Year project won the regional finals and are now entered into the National Final of"The Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland Awards" 2017. Please support this great cause, Pieta House and book your mini-session for 25 euros on Thursday 4th & Friday 5th of May. The full 25 euros goes to Pieta House. Portrait session is one person per session and we welcome adults as well. If you need a social profile image or a passport image why not help Pieta House at the same time !! Phone Eugene on 047 51788, 087 9948585 , facebook message me, e-mail me emhamill@eircom.net or just stop me on the street and ask me to book you in.. thanks

Simon Tunney, Sean Bonner, Kevin O'Reilly, Leon Ackermann, Laura Hamill YSI Largy College Clones with me....

Simon Tunney, Sean Bonner, Kevin O'Reilly, Leon Ackermann, Laura Hamill YSI Largy College Clones with me....

"A PORTRAIT for PIETA HOUSE"

“A Portrait for Pieta House”

This year we will be raising much needed funds for Pieta House who provide a free, therapeutic approach to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm and those bereaved by suicide” We in Clones like many towns the length and breadth of Ireland have experienced the sad and traumatic consequences of suicide. Pieta House have fifteen centres throughout the country and it is only through fundraising that they keep these houses open as all their services are free to their clients so this year Eugene T. Hamill Photography, Clones and you my Clients will be helping Pieta House. I have been inspired to do this by the incredible work being carried out by my daughter Laura’s Transition Year project in their “Mend a Mind, it’s a disorder not a decision” project promoting good mental health awareness. Please support this great cause and book your mini-session for 25 euros on Thursday 4th & Friday 5th of May. The full 25 euros goes to Pieta House. Portrait session is one person per session and we welcome adults as well. If you need a social profile image or a passport image why not help Pieta House at the same time !! Phone Eugene on 047 51788, 087 9948585 , facebook message me, e-mail me emhamill@eircom.net or just stop me on the street and ask me to book you in.. thanks

DREW PEACEBUILDER AWARDED TO PATRICIA HUME...

The Conference kicked off last night in Iveagh House hosted by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Mr Flangagan with Mr. Don Mullen presenting on behalf of Drew University The Drew Peacebuilder Award to Mrs. Patricia Hume wife of Nobel Peace Laureate John Hume... looking forward to a busy conference... The launch in Bundoran was hosted by the vice-Chairman of Donegal County with a keynote address by esteemed author and historian Christine Kinnealy on "Feminism and Faminism" talking about Fanny Parnell and Maud Gonne.

A Present of a Portrait for Christmas.....

Portraits are a present for life, so many times I have been told if we didn't have this gift voucher we would never have commissioned a portrait so not only are you buying a present you are enabling a family to do something they might never do and they will be so thankful once they receive their beautiful framed family portrait !!!! Buy someone you love a studio session with framed image for Christmas !!! If you already have been to the studio you could re-order an image for Granny or your Auntie. Give me a call on 047 51788 0r 087 9948585, txt me or facebook message me or go to www.ethamill.com . Have a great Christmas and an extremely prosperous New Year...

FAREWELL PHOTOLABS OF LENNOX STREET.....

It was with great regret that I heard that Michael, Joe & Jim would be quitting the professional photographic scene. They have been an integral part of processing for many years in Dublin and serviced the whole country with distinction, integrity and professionalism. They will be missed and I for one am proud to call them my friends and I must say enjoyed the few pints to bid farewell, in the process meeting Jim Travers and his wife where many old stories were told. I particularly remember when I was starting out and sending my 120 rolls of film for one of my first weddings on my brand new Hasslebladd (how I miss thee !!), phonecall from Michael; "Eugene did you use your light meter when taking these images", "I did" came my reply, "Thank God" said Michael as you were using slide film" !!!!  They were the most perfect images thanks to the old meter, a lesson for us all that the old ways work and to sometimes poerhaps slow down and maybe even use the light meter. Photolabs even looked after me on the price(much more expensive to print slides). Thanks for the many years of excellent service guys...  

EXHIBITION '16

CLONES PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY..
Exhibition'16 .. If your about town why not drop into the library and view our images from 2016..... please enjoy and don't forget if your interested in joining Clones Photographic Society just Call Eugene Hamill on 087 9948585 or 047 51788

MEND A MIND YSI students Largy College, Clones, Co. Monaghan

I was delighted to accommodate the YSI (Young Social Innovators) students of Largy College and let them use my studio to complete their short film highlighting the effects of mental health issues within our community. Their project aims to eliminate the stigma that surrounds mental illness in our community and they are conveying this with film and awareness raising events in the locale. I must say it was great to see the students spend the full day making their film even though most schools in the country were closed due to strike. Well done to Laura and all her pals in transition year, hopefully ye will make a difference and as they say always try to put yourself in mind of how other people are feeling , you just never know what is going on with people  especially those who are close to you. A problem shared is a problem halved ......  

Sean Bonner, Eoghan Courtney, Simon O'Connell, Leon Ackermann(visiting exchange student from Berlin), Katie Cooper, Eimear McPhillips, Cliana McCarville, Katie Monaghan, Orlaigh Flanagan and Laura Hamill. Not in image, went home a little earlier Cliona Carolan, Niamh Poynton & Aoife Fitspatrick.

Sean Bonner, Eoghan Courtney, Simon O'Connell, Leon Ackermann(visiting exchange student from Berlin), Katie Cooper, Eimear McPhillips, Cliana McCarville, Katie Monaghan, Orlaigh Flanagan and Laura Hamill. Not in image, went home a little earlier Cliona Carolan, Niamh Poynton & Aoife Fitspatrick.