Local photographer is Irish Photographer of the Year

A Newbridge photographer has been crowned Irish Professional Photographer of the Year.

A Newbridge photographer has been crowned Irish Professional Photographer of the Year.

Padraic Deasy scooped the award by the Irish Professional Photographers Association (IPPA) last week for his portraiture of the elderly.

The awards were held on Sunday, February 27 and over 2,000 pieces of work were submitted to the judging panel by photographers across the country. One of the wining shots was of Kildare Town’s Peg O’ Mahony

Peg, who just turned 80 is described as being ‘full of beans’ by her son Pat O’Mahony. “Peg puts us all to shame with her enthusiasm and Joie de vivre, especially when we moan about the difficulties of dealing with our own kids and then remember she reared eight of us,” said Pat. “A rebel county native who moved north after marrying fellow Corkonian, the late Michael, she’s long considered Kildare home-sweet-home and now wouldn’t dream of living anywhere else. Together with her small but close-knit coterie of local merry widows she continues to live life there to the full. And as her many grandchildren will testify, her Sunday morning breakfasts are still a particularly tempting treat, and to hell with the cholesterol,” Pat said.

Deasy Photographic, which is located in Newbridge, Co. Kildare, is owned and run by Padraic and Sonia Deasy, a dynamic husband and wife team. The studio specialises in contemporary portraiture and uses cutting edge technology and finishes in order to create a bespoke range of products.