2014 CHRISTMAS STAMP BY BILL POWER

November 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
Through a series of good luck and happinstance, one of Ireland's three 2014 Christmas stamps is of a stained glass window I photographed some time ago in Millstreet, County Cork. It's a stunning window by an outstanding craftsman. . Here's the link to County Sound radio which interviewed me about the project. https://soundcloud.com/half-back...
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IMPORTANT THINGS I'VE LEARNED IN PHOTOGRAPHY

October 22, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
IMPORTANT THINGS I've learned in photography. 1. (Got this from my super US cousin Rosemary Tufaro) - use back-button focussing. Rory told me about this back in 2010 ('All the pros in the States use it,' she claimed) and it was like a revelation. I've never taken an image on a camera of my own since then, unless it has been reprogrammed to back bu...
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CONDONS AT CLOGHLEIGH IN 2003

October 17, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
NOT HAVING A family castle of my own, I found it to be rather interesting recently taking a group of Condons to see one of their ancestral castles at Moorepark, Kilworth. As we walked from the farmyard in Moorepark to Cloghleigh Castle, it struck me that there was a time when the Condons would have just walked or ridden up to the castle. Nowadays t...
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REAGAN AND THE EVIL EMPIRE

October 08, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
FORTY THOUSAND PEOPLE were expected in Ballyporeen for the visit of President Ronald Reagan in June 1984. Manhole covers in the small Tipperary village were welded shut for fear of terrorist attack. Gardai stood at every door along the presidential route from the parish church to the centre of the village. CIA and FBI agents (or at least that's who...
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A MUCH MORE HONEST NAME

October 08, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
SIR JOHN BETJEMAN is one of my favourite poets. I can relate to his poems and I am fascinated that his knowledge of English church architecture and the little parish churches of England, has been excelled by few others. I thought of him lately when visiting the old Protestant cemetery at Beechfield in Fermoy, and later that day when I visited Killa...
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TOWARDS THE RISING SUN

October 08, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
SOME TIME around 600AD, Pope Gregory I decreed that all Christians should be buried in churchyards, not cemeteries, so that those attending ceremonies would remember the dead on their way to church. His belief was that the deceased, who in all probability needed the prayers of the living to reach heaven, would not lie forgotten in out of the way pl...
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SHARK'S TEETH AND DEVIL'S TOENAILS

October 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
IT'S ENJOYABLE TO VISIT a classroom and ask children what they think is the oldest thing around. The answers are usually predictable and occasionally imaginative – the teacher, a local graveyard, a church, someone’s granddad, a nearby castle, will often feature on the list. After a minute or so of exploring the possibilities, I produce from my bri...
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THE FERMOY TALIBAN

October 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
Here's an edited version of something I wrote back in 2004. After its publication in the Avondhu newspaper, a local historian in Fermoy told me to 'stick to Mitchelstown' and that I had no right to make any comments about Fermoy. Little could he have guessed that within five years I would write extensively about the history of the town in my book '...
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DEATH OF A CANADIAN AIRMAN IN 1941

August 13, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
THE REMAINS OF Sergeant Douglas Albert Woodman, known as Dougie Woodman, lie a few metres inside the gates of Gould's Hill Cemetery, Mallow. Most who pass that way to funerals or when visiting the graves of loved ones, take no notice of the maple leaf carved above words that record his name and that he was an air observer with the Royal Canadian Ai...
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SWANSONG

August 04, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
August 5th 1914 is not remembered in history books. Everyone remembers the day before because that was when Britain declared war on Germany. The 5th was merely the first full day of a war which most people thought would be over by Christmas. No one imagined that it would last until 1918 and cost millions of lives. But in Mitchelstown, the 5th of Au...
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