Wendy Louise Knight of www.wendylouisedesigns.com local milliner came in top 4 of a national competition in top hat millinery designs. Image in Galway paper bottom left, which I took for Wendy, with a local model. I have said time and time again, we are blessed county for great talent. Well done Wendy you have done us proud.
I have had this idea for awhile, wasn't til this morning the 21st of March 2018, on Route to Connolly Station, Dublin, that I decided to start it. I had this idea a while ago but put on the shelf. Beauty aesthetics is not just for career models. I have seen many that I thought I would consider had a model like features. Both male and female, it happened to be a male today, and from the image, maybe you can see that too. Is it coming from me, I think we are mature enough to say what is what is without sounding cliched or armoured, which is not the case, there is no sexual connotations, just an understanding of beauty in people. As a Photographer, I shoot beauty all the time, it is not just in landscapes, or still life, I can appreciate beauty in all aspects and people. We are all not blessed with such beauty, which in itself differentiate beauty in people, wouldn't it be a good thing if we all were, then it would really come down to character and personality, which I regard much higher than beauty aesthetics. This series is an appreciation of what is, simply just beautiful. We seek it out, we want to be it, we spend huge sums of money to be beautiful. I think we should accept ourselves for who we are, and accept beauty, true beauty, only belongs to a few. We shouldn't try so hard to attain, something we cant attain, and certainly not stress ourselves out for it to the point of it being an actual negative on our lives, via money and self-respect. If you get plastic surgery, Botox, and whatever else what you are really saying is I am not happy, I think I am not attractive enough. By these acts and more, you are subconsciously demeaning yourself, give yourself a break accept who you are, help yourself healthy but not to be somebody you are not. I want to celebrate the beauty for what it is, and the lucky people to have it. Let's get back to the original idea, that beauty is not here to push us to attain, just is, the beauty market and fashion twisted that, for you to try and reach attain that by money and pain. Let's celebrate beauty for its own sake, its ok to admire and not strive to attain, what we really cant just appreciate beauty in some people.
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Dublin, 28-02-2018 Start of the Beast From The East effects on Irish Dublin City. Made my way as I usually do for College in DIT Grangegorman, not aware of Email sent out. I get 7 am train, and Email was sent out at 8 am, got to class to realise yeah no classes this day. On my way, first thing that hit me was obviously the traffic or lack of it. City itself looked pretty manageable, but in the outskirts of City, it was more treacherous, Giving the Dublin City as eerie feeling, that one is not used too. The worst is yet to come, with Red Alerts for 29th. I was glad to get back home to Longford, and luckily managed to get a seat on Train. People were refused entry on to train because of it being full, the isles and door ways all full to brim. That was the 1.05 to Sligo from Connolly, was 20 minutes running late with issues with point systems down the line. Fair play to staff did all they can, was unusually full in respect, with colleges closing earlier, and many many students made there way home like myself. One staff member from Connolly chased down a lucky customer, who lost ticket, they get a lot of grief, nice to know they are human, and decent, and genuinely care for the regular commuter.
Wisps Hair Studio & Tattoo of Longford Town
Niall Anthony & wife Gwen Stratton-Reilly, with son Sean, celebrate a family business in Longford Town. Successful 50 years in business, My congratulations, to ye all, knowing, ye many years, practically neighbors, its great to see ye do so well. here's to another 50 years, ye wouldn't think it by looking at ye, looking fierce young, I have to double check the dates ;p. Credit to Longford locals and repeat customers, obviously for good reason. Sean will take on the mantle I'm sure, keep it for another successful 50 years.
Put aside your political views for once, Longford needs a TD. The right man at the right time, Joe Flaherty. We all know Longfords issues and problems, we have no TD representing Longford, from Longford. I have known Joe for a many a year now, and he has always being heavily involved in community affairs, long before he was thinking or standing for any elections. It was only for to help Longford that he is standing. People are tired of politics, and on the whole, rightly so, we heard it all before, we will do this do that, and nothing happens, there all the same. There is career politicians out there, that are way out of touch, and will promise you the moon, but people are not fooled anymore. Joe Flaherty, is a genuine candidate for Longford, he is only interested in a prosperous Longford. Joe has given so much time, to help Longford community, without knowledge of standing for any elections, only until recently, where he feels so strongly about Longford, he feels he has the capability's of actually really doing something for Longford. I have seen at first hand the dedication this man has for Longford via many community events, he was the man behind it all pulling all the strings, organised and getting great sponsors, for all the festivals we have all enjoyed, and much much more. He has a pet hatred of people knocking our Town and county down, and worse, it all comes from us Longford people. Most of ye know who Joe is, and knowing him, you all know his love for our county. I gave up on Politics being honest several years ago. But whenever these next elections come up, I will cast another vote, a vote for Longford, and a Vote for Joe Flaherty. Not a career politician, an ordinary hard working man, that is heavily involved with all things Longford. I repeat, I never liked any of the main party's, a lot of people know that. I am putting aside, my preferences that usually have no chance anyways in Longford, and not voting for a career politician that will promise everything and gloss over works done by others. I am voting for real change for Longford, and backing a man, beyond politics, a man that genuinely wants to lift Longford back on its feet. Forget politics, think about Longford, we need a TD, a strong voice in the Dail, that will make things happen, the right man at the right time Joe Flaherty. I genuinely believe he will do all he can and if you know him you this is true. Like his party afflictions or not, he has a great chance of getting into Dail, with a strong party. Longford needs a TD, Thank you Joe for standing and all the best from Photographer Michael Croghan
Annual Match Scum's V Kopout's
Scums & Kopouts, the football banter page on Facebook, with local Longford Town football fans of various teams, in English Premier League. Had the annual match, between Manchester United fans and Liverpool fans, today The Mall Complex, Longford Town, 28.12.2017. The second game, after its first inaugural game in 2016, has become an annual match, not just pool and united fans, various other fans, joined either united or pool teams. United and Pool fans, having majority fans in Longford Town. The game itself as the heading says, its a funny auld game football. United fans won 4-3, against all the odds. In the warm up, the pool fans had more than enough to start game. United started the game, and for ten mins or more, with ten men only, two united fans, who came to watch, thought, there was enough, had to go home, and get there gear to play. The game itself Pool started out very brightly, and after twenty mins opened the scoring with a cracker of a goal from Gerard Foudy. It was a case of how many after that in the first half, they missed several guilt edged chances, with both, over playing it, and just missing sitters. United down and not out, never lost there heads kept playing there game, and got an equaliser, 1 - 1 at half time. In the second half, Pool fans, moved one of there best players, up front, on the back of chances missed, and it certainly worked initially, scoring almost instantly in second half. After several misses, Mark Flynn finally broke his duct, and actually scored to his own surprise. pool 3-1 one up, you would think that was it, but, not everybody was at the races in the game. From both sides, from pictures you can see the ground they were playing on, bit frosty, the ball was skipping that bit faster, and was a let down in touches for some that normally would be very solid in first touches. The stand out player, both sides agree was Stephen Norton. Box to box, full of energy, kept the faith, and with the help Lady Luck, United Fans 'Scums' came back in it and not only that went on to win it. Even Ollie Mc Nerney will admit it wasn't his day, not only getting a yellow and giving penalty away, he made some goal scoring mistakes, the goalkeeper for Pool fan's 'Kopout's'. But United, 'they still had to be scored, the chances, and that they did the scums, to make it 2 in a row, much to pool fans dismay. The cup belongs to united for another year, and the bragging rites.
Wasn't long ago, when the infamous Kiosk, closed its doors. An unfavorable common sight, in Longford Town, Ireland. The kiosk opened its door not long after under new management and ownership. I was told by another shop keeper from India, that someone originally form Pakistan opened the new kiosk shop, in the heart of Longford Town Ireland. Great news locally, not just another closed shop, which are plentiful in Town. On my way home, from being totally stuffed Xmass dinner, passing through Town, sister driving, and there it was, Xmass day, between 4-6pm The Kiosk was open.
Black Friday - Quality gifts & Crafts
Get yourself down to Old Providers, for rare gifts of great quality. Weekend only you can purchase top nationally recognised Fashion gifts, retro storyville hats for kids and baby's the new must haves.
Local Crafters with national awards, not to be missed, and alongside some fantastic art, local too
Longford Train Station, broken into last night 11-12pm. Talking to shop owner, she said 400 euro float and 200 cigarettes were taking, They came up the rail tracks, avoiding cameras. Previous, there was other places in an industrial area broken into as well.
One has to ask so many, and so few captures. Policing should be prevention not cleaning up, and hoping afterwards. give them the support they need.
John Rock - Former Shop Stewart
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