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The Michael John Glynn Exhibition

Clare Champion, Friday, 9th November 2007

A month-long exhibition of photographs by Ennistymon photographer Michael John Glynne will be launched this Friday, 9th November 2007, at the Courthouse Studios in Ennistymon. The photographs document the lives of the people of North Clare over four decades.

Michael John Glynne was the best-known freelance photographer in the North Clare area for over forty years. Born in Ennistymon in 1919 - where he lived all his life - he began his photographic career in the 1950s and worked both as a commercial photographer and as a photographer for The Clare Champion newspaper.

Exhibition organiser, Noel Crowley, explained, "This collection is an extraordinary record of the life and times of the people and communities of North Clare. A large collection of negatives was donated to the Clare Local Studies Project by Michael John and is being made available through Clare County Library's website."

"The Michael John Glynne Exhibition is presented by Clare County Library in association with Clare Local Studies Project (CLASP) and will run for the month of November. The Courthouse Studios are open from 12 to 5pm from Tuesdays to Saturdays", added Mr. Crowley.

In the early days, Michael John built his own mobile darkroom, which he brought around on his bicycle. Having taken photographs at schools, First Communions and Confirmations, he processed the films on the spot. During his many years with The Clare Champion, he never failed to cover an assignment, despite not having his own transport, and was a well-known figure on the roads of North Clare.

The photographs in this collection date mainly from the 1950s through to the 1980s and reflect his many interests. He regularly photographed the FCA annual Summer camp at Lahinch (he had been the first District Officer of the Ennistymon LDF company) and had a keen interest in farming, fishing, hurling, and, most of all, in people.

Michael had a love of greyhound coursing and attended many meetings, contributing coursing photos to The Sporting Press and The Clare Champion. He visited Lisdoonvarna each year for the September festival and covered many golf tournaments at the Lahinch links. A colourful, gifted and well-read man, Michael John Glynne died in 1998.

Tony Mulvey, great friend and colleague of Michael John, will launch the upcoming exhibition of photographs. Tony was Chief Reporter at The Clare Champion until his recent retirement. The official launch takes place on Friday, 9th November 2007, at 5pm and all are welcome.

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