This is Cork – Donncha Ó Caoimh

d11 donnchaPlease tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m a software developer working for Automattic on,  plugins for WordPress and and I live in Blarney with my  family.

How long have you been photographing for?

I bought my first digital camera around 2000 or 2001, a 1.3MP Fujifilm  Finepix 1300, moving on to it’s big brother, 2.8MP model before  getting dragged into the Canon DSLR world with a Canon 20D, Canon 40D  and now a Canon 6D. My photo archive has over 174,000 images.  In the late nineties I used a point and shoot film camera but it was  only used for snapshots which I would have developed at the local  chemist.

How do you find your subjects?

Either on the street or wherever I happen to be. Sometimes I’ll travel  to a location specifically to shoot the scenery there but more often  than not it’s because I’m out with my family on a trip.

How would you describe your style?

I prefer black and white street photography with good contrast so  plenty of blacks and whites but apart from that I’m not sure I have a  style.

Among all your images, which is your favourite and why?

My favourite photo is usually the last one I worked on, but if I had  to pick one I’d go for  because the original scene was quite dull and overcast and I was able  to transform it into something special.


Please describe Cork in 3 words!

Lively, Varied, Busy

What makes Cork a good place to live?

The city centre is small enough to walk through in an hour or less.  The suburbs are for the most part pretty and accessible on public  transport. We have a huge number of restaurants, pubs, shops, some  parks and attractions.

Cork is famous for…

Kissing the Blarney Stone, Shandon Bells, The English Market, Murphys  and Beamish stouts. The accent.

For anyone planning a visit to Cork, what are you must see and must dos?

  • Blarney Castle and gardens are worth a visit.
  • You’ll get a great view of the city from the tower of St. Anne’s  Church (or Shandon Bells as it’s known locally).
  • The English Market has a huge range of produce and stalls.
  • Fitzgerald Park, Bishop Lucey Park and the Peace Park are all worth  visiting too.
  • The Shakey Bridge is a famous landmark.

Best place for a good pint?

No idea! There are loads of good pubs! Tom Barry’s on Barrack Street  is a good place to start though.

Best place for a delicious meal?

There are some great restaurants around Paul Street!

Best live music or entertainment?

Charlie’s Bar on Union Quay is pretty good on a Monday night when Hank Wedel plays there.

Which other Cork personality would you like to see on the blog?

Hank Wedel (

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*all images by Donncha Ó Caoimh

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