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Danny O’Brien Memorial Photowalk (Part 4)

As the day turned into evening, we made our way to Brogans for a bite to eat and to attend the auction night that had been arranged.

The auction night consisted of amateur and professional photographers, near and far, donating their work to be sold in aid of “The Ray Club” in Trim, which was founded by Danny. The Ray Club is a valuable resource for the young people of Trim, a youth centre “where teenagers can meet in a non-judgemental, safe and friendly environment” RAY stands for “Raise Above Yourself”, which I think is a great moto for young people to be inspired by.  The photographs on auction were fantastic and given the current economic climate in Ireland, the buyers had deep pockets which was fantastic to see and raised a total of €2,300.  Sadly I was out-bidded on a couple of images so I went home empty handed apart from the memories and my own shots I’d taken.

Danny’s son, Donal was happy to display the photographs for auction.  However when Donal held up the photograph of his father, the resemblance was amazing, what do you think…

Like father, like son

The auctioneer was Ray Butler TD. who did a fantastic job.  He was very engaging and really entertained the crowd.

After the auction I was speaking to “Pat the Painter” (Pat Holton), who was a lovely man.  I have seen him on several occasions outside Trim Castle displaying his paintings and they are fabulous.  Anyway I digress, after the auction he was chatting to Ray, and James O’Shea when I managed to get the following shot of them having a good old laugh together.

The Painter, the Councillor and the Politician

I still chuckle about this photograph, not because of the banter between the men, but more about my fear of photographing people.  This weekend was certainly a challenge for me, and I certainly pushed myself.  I generally only take photographs of people when they are not expecting it, giving a more natural result.  I become a nervous wreck when they pose on purpose.  So you won’t see much people photography from me I’m afraid 😉

The auction drew to a close and it was then time to see the finale……

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