What a great day we had at "Borderbiz 2016" . Monaghan business people coming together to share ideas and learn from each other whilst listening to the different experiences of 24 selected speakers who were both generous with there time and inspiring in their delivery. Thank you to the speakers, Ruth Daly and the tireless committee who made this the fifth Borderbiz the incredible success that it is today, to the Monaghan Institute for the use of their incredible building to John and the Local Enterprise Office for their invaluable input and assistance and of course all the sponsors without whom this event could not take place. Looking forward to the "SIXTH" next year !!!!!!
It was with great pride that I was able to present “Cairde” Clones with a cheque for a fantastic 1500 euros, all proceeds from
Eugene T. Hamill Photography’s“Happy Faces” event in April at our Clonboy studio in Clones. As ever upon request the people Of clones
and its hinterland gave very kindly to our request for a donation of 25 euros each for a portrait with their full donation going to the
wonderful community that is “Cairde” here in Clones. Cairde provides a facility for people withspecial needsto go and express
themselves by learning to make crafts, learning to sing and dance, learning how to communicate confidently with the general public
and most importantly becoming friends with each other as well as teaching us the general public to understand their needs and want
for respect within our community. I think they do a wonderful job and all the staff who work with them deserve great credit for carrying
out their caring duties to the fullest while preserving the dignity and respect their clients are entitled to. This is a magnificent facility we
have here in Clones and they certainly deserve every penny you the community have given them, Thank you, Thank you.
Eugene would like his clients who are waiting to choose their images and those who have already chosen their images to contact him
to organise appointments for viewing and for collection of images at the studio on 047 51788, 087 9948585 or through his facebook account .
Again Thank you for your great Contribution to people in need !!!!
Had a very enjoyable night explaining the benefits of joining a photographic society to the members of the Scothouse ICA. They now know that it takes a certain amount of passion and dedication if one wants to pursue photography as a serious hobby. Hopefully we will see some new members at Clones Photographic Society in the near future. I must say I was well royally treated by the ICA group with plenty of good food and craic ... Don't forget if you are interested in joining Clones Photographic society just call me Eugene Hamill on 087 9948585 .
Title of image “ Was it worth it”
Clones Photographic Society decided to honour this day 100 years ago with a re-enactment
photoshoot of a survivor of the Rising ina melancholy mood wondering about the whole affair
and if he had done the right thing in fighting for his country especially after so many people dying
and so many being executed. Our model is wearing the actual medals earned by Mr. Eugene Thomas
Hamill 92 Francis Street, G Cpmpany, 1st Battalion, Dublin Brigade for his part in the Rising at the
Four Courts Garrison under the command of Edward Daly. I am the grandson of Eugene Hamill and
was named after him. I include two images taken by myself at our photoshoot . Our sitter is Isacco
Diegoli from Bologna in Italy. He is studying Irish History here in Clones and is very impressed with the
1916 celebrations up to now. We leave the the answer to our soldiers question to the viewer.
Thank you to all my clients for this fabulous contribution to "Cairde" . I say the same every year but I'll say it again, whenever you are asked to put your hand in your pocket you never fail. Indeed this year is the highest amount we have ever raised together, thank you thank you. We have raised a whopping 9500 euros to date for many deserving causes. We will start the viewing next week and choose your favourite image from your mini-session. Any queries just ring 047 51788 or 087 9948585 or facebook me . Again sincere thank yous to all......
This is World Autism week ... Parents of Autistic children need you to know that it takes a lot of love to care for children with Autism be it low or high on the spectrum... give them the understanding they deserve... Marie and her daughter Nicole are wearing the Blue Nose of Autistic Awareness.. and had a great time doing their mini-studio session during our Happy Faces Day for Cairde Activation Centre... both excellent causes needing your support at all times...
Isacco just gave me 25 euros and can't make up his mind what image to pick... these took just 15 minutes to take, if you havn't booked yet it's never too late !!! phone me 047 51778, 087 9948585, facebook me or stop me in the street and make your booking. Remember Remember "Portraits are precious today but priceless tomorrow" ..... Smile for "Cairde" ... I like the last black and white one Issaco !!!!
What a great day, first the Morrison and the relatives presentation, well done and thank you all the organizers. Then we had the official ceremony in the Four Courts Quadrangle, how moving was that !! It was great to chat with other relatives while we waited for the wreath laying, the Omans,, the Gahans, the Nearys, the Wards, the Farrans, the Holohans and God knows who else but what a marvelous occasion, I have never felt so proud to be a Hamill on this day and especially to be Irish. Enjoy my record of a wonderful sunny Easter Monday....
Happy Faces will benefit Cairde Clones this year so myself and my wonderful assistant Laura went down to Cairdes building on the Monaghan Rd., and set up studio to capture some of the beautiful people who use and work in this great facility. We were met by Josephine Treanor and her daughter Emma when we arrived and they helped set up the studio with us. Kathy and Karen were working away in the background and mentioned that they would be getting some images of their family and friends later on. We started by taking the images of the members of cairde and finished with the workers and their friends, what a great day it was, every one enjoyed the experience of a full professional photographic studio session. I hope you agree!!. Happy Faces will be taking place at Eugene T. Hamill Photography on the Cavan Rd., Clones on Thursday 30th March, Friday 31st March and Saturday April 1st . Be sure to book asap . Each mini studio-session will cost 25 euros with the sitter receiving a 7x5 image in presentation folder with full proceeds going to our freinds in Cairde. Remember one person per sitting. Portraits are precious today but priceless tomorrow ....
Happy Easter to all and enjoy the 1916 festivities wherever you decide to go this weekend. We will be heading to Dublin to celebrate our grandfather Eugene Thomas Hamills participation in the actual Rising. I was called after my grandfather hence the same name !! Grandad had four children Sinead, Eamon, Sean & Frances. They are all deceased and all their spouse except Aunty Joe in Shropshire have left us as well. Eamonn and Patricia(Maguire) had seven boys and one girl Eugene, Paddy, John, Jimmy, Mike, Rory, Conor and Marie Clare. Sean and Aunty Joe had three children Tim, Ian & Catherine. Eamonn has thirteen grandchildren and Sean had one grandchild . We are all the descendants of one Eugene Thomas Hamill (known as Tommy) of 92 Francis Street. He married Christina(known as Dinah) Clare and they are both buried in Glasnevin Cemetary. Tommy Hamill served under Commandant Edward Daly in "G" Boy 1st Battalion Dublin Brigade and saw action in the Four Courts area particularly Church St., North King Street and Brunswick Street. He reported to Captains Laffin and Houlihan and a Mr P McGuirk. His references to the pensions board as witness to his participation in the rising were Captain Laffin 8 Huxley Cres. Cork Street, P. Kelly Fire Station Dorset Street, J O'Reilly, 2 Sitric Place Arbour Hill, Louis McElliott46 Larkfield Gardens & P Dalton St Bridgids, Terenure Rd. Granddad also was interned in Frongach Wales for his part in the Rising and later was interned in the Curragh during the civil unrest that followed the rising. I must say we are very proud of our "Hamill" heritage and looking forward to the events in Dublin this weekend... Happy Easter all ... remembering that Grandad fought that we might be free
Isacco ... "The Montage" thanks for doing these test images for me Isacco.....
"HAPPY FACES DAY" is nearly upon us and I am delighted to announce that all proceeds will be going to the Cairde Activation centre in Clones. A truly worthy cause, Cairde is a day care centre for adults with intellectual disabilities which provides an activation centre for Clones and its hinterland. Please support this cause. Make sure to book early as I expect it to be very busy this year . Phone me, e-mail me, text me, facebook me or just stop me in the street to make your booking.. 047 51788, 087 9948585.....
Mid-term break, what to do? We went to London and what a great time we had. St Pauls Cathederal was the highlight for me that is, the 500 steps to the top were worth the effort to capture the wonderful views of a magnificent skyline....
Congratulations to CaptainsPaddy McKeown and Geraldine Fitzpatrick and to new President Ann McCarthy. These are positions which require much time and energy to fulfil and are voluntary so please support them in all their endeavours. Clones Golf Club is a great institution and should be congratulated on its success to date. Eugene T. Hamill Photography wishes them great success for the future with their newly renovated Clubhouse ...
Turtle Bunbury was a keynote speaker at the recent Transatlantic Connections 3 Conference. He discussed the connection between America and Ireland prior to and during the period of the 1916 rising. Turtle was the last keynote speaker of what was a fantastic lineup of speakers at the conference in Bundoran... a pint in Brennans of Bundoran afterwards and then the Gala Ball, hard work !!. Turtle is also an honorary Clonesian being married to Miriam Moore's daughter Ally .. see you about the Town Turtle !!!!!
What a great idea to have a conference in Bundoran in the middle of January, who'd a thought of it. Well it was a great success with talking panels on Humanities in medicine, Music and how it interacts with politics, litreature, surfing and conflict resolution with great keynote speakers and cultural evenings enjoyed by all. Well done Institute of Study Abroad Ireland. Looking forward to next years event .....
Drew University from New Jersey USA asked President Higgans to present their Peace award to Bruce Morrison of "Morrison Visa" fame for his work in helping to secure agreement in the Peace Process. This occasion took place in Dublin in the beautiful surroundings of the Teachers Club in Parnell Square. The Institute for Study Abroad Ireland were instrumental in bringing this prestigious affair to Ireland as part of their TransAtlantic Connections 3 Conference in Bundoran, Co. Donegal. I must say it was great to be able to photograph President Higgans again, he is always a gentleman and at ease in front of the camera.
I had a call from Bostik Ireland & Europe to quote on a conference they were having at the wonderful Grand Hotel in Malahide. They required individual shots of all their managers in Europe plus casual images of the day as it unfolded. It was great to see the professionalism shown on the couple of days by the hotel staff and ancillary companies who made the event a truly marvelous example of Ireland as a corporate destination, the highlight for me was the cultural level of the entertainment at the banquet provided by some of the best Irish Dancers in the country, they even had the Europeans dancing around the "Walls of Limerick" or is it Kilkenny, anyway everyone had a great time and went home with a great impression of Ireland ....