December01

Made in Sligo Pop-up Shop

I'm delighted to be taking part in this Pop-up shop, great opportunity to buy a whole range of gifts which have been 100% hand made here in Sligo.

 

Open till 24th Dec at Water Lane, between Castle St and Rockwood Parade.

 

Give a gift this Christmas that is Inspired, Designed & Made in Sligo!

 

November13

Ciaran discusses 'Landscape of WB Yeats' exhibit on IrishTV

Ciaran being interviewed about his "Into the Twilight - the Landscape of WB Yeats" photography collection for IrishTV when it was being exhibited in City Hall as part of the 2015 Tread Softly Festival. The collection was first lunched at Hyde Bridge Gallery at the Yeats Building in March 2015 with the opening performed by the British Ambassador to Ireland, Dominick Chilcott.

November01

Made In Sligo​ Craft Trail Bus Tour Calls to Carney Gallery

I was delighted to take part in the very first Made In Sligo​ Craft Trail Bus Tour yesterday which was ran as part of Sligo Design Week​
Visitors spent the afternoon calling to 6 Made in Sligo craft studios around the county.  It was great to host such a lovely bunch of people out to my gallery in Carney.
In case you missed the tour my gallery in Carney is open to the public, all visitors are welcome - http://www.ciaranmchugh.com/?pagid=carney-photography-gallery
I was delighted to take part in the very first Made In Sligo​ Craft Trail Bus Tour yesterday which was ran as part of Sligo Design Week​

Visitors spent the afternoon calling to the studios of 6 Made in Sligo members around the county. It was great to host such a lovely bunch of people out to my gallery in Carney.

In case you missed the tour my gallery in Carney is open to the public, all visitors are welcome.

March12

Landscape of Yeats collection launched by British Ambassador at Hyde Bridge Gallery

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Thank you so much to everyone who came along to the opening of my "Into the Twilight - the Landscape of WB Yeats" exhibition at The Hyde Bridge Gallery yesterday evening.

The collection comprises a set of black and white panoramic images inspired by the physical landscape embodied in the writing of WB Yeats.

It was wonderful to have such support for this project. I'd especially like thank the British Ambassador to Ireland, Dominick Chilcott who very graciously opened the exhibit. I'd also like to thank the fantastic staff and volunteers at the Hyde Bridge Gallery and Yeats Society for all their assistance.

During his opening address Ambassador Chilcott stated "good photography should be able to surprise us, most obviously by making us look at the world in a new way. The camera does not lie, anymore than poetry lies. And like poetry, the camera embellishes and enriches our experience of living in the world... This exhibition, through the skill of Ciaran McHugh’s work behind the lens, fuses together the man, his poetry and philosophy, and the place, Sligo, that was dearest to Yeats's heart".

Ciaran describes the collection as "A set of photographic images focusing on light, tone, form, nuance and texture inspired by a poetical landscape exuding the sensual, the mystical, the wild and intrigue. A unique collection of photographs which allows you refocus on the familiar landscapes we are immersed in and take a fresh look at the different interconnected worlds around us".

Following its launch at the Hyde Bridge Galley in the Yeats Building in Sligo, the collection will then tour to a number of locations over the year including an exhibit at Lissadell House from the 1st - 14th July.

You can read Ambassador Chilcott's speech in full HERE

Click HERE to see the Into the 'Twilight - the Landscape of WB Yeats' photographs and more details on the collection.

Ambassador opens exhibit
 
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With President of the Yeats Society, Damien Brennan
 
 

March06

Mountain rescue at Diarmuid & Grainne's cave

 Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter 118 was involved with Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team in a call out to injured climbers just under Diarmuid and Grainne's cave in the Gleniff Horseshoe.

I happened across the rescue and some of my photographs appeared in a number of newspapers. Thankfully all the climbers were safely rescued after a long evening on the mountain. We are very lucky to have such a great team of rescue services on hand here in the north west.
 
 
 
 
 

Febuary02

British Ambassador to open Landscape of Yeats exhibit

 
I'm delighted to announce that The British Ambassador to Ireland, Dominick Chilcott will officially open my new "Into the Twilight – the Landscape of WB Yeats" photography exhibition at the Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo on Wednesday 11th March at 6pm.

The collection comprises a set of black and white panoramic images inspired by the physical landscape embodied in the writing of WB Yeats. All are welcome so make sure to call by if you can make it. The exhibition runs from the 9th - 22nd March.

September02

7m wide prints at Sligo IT Science Building

 
Thrilled to see 4 of my panorama photographs printed a massive 7m wide and on display at the fantastic new Science Building at Sligo IT. 
The building which was opened this morning by Professor Terri Scott and an Taoiseach Enda Kenny is a real asset to Sligo. 
The 600-seater canteen where my photos are on display is now one of the biggest restaurants in the North West!. 
I was thrilled to see 4 of my panorama photographs printed a massive 7m wide and on display at the fantastic new Science Building at Sligo IT.   The building which was opened this morning by Professor Terri Scott and an Taoiseach Enda Kenny is a real asset to Sligo. 

The 600-seater canteen where my photos are on display is now one of the biggest restaurants in the North West!. 

March19

'Brussels meets Sligo' photography exhibition in Belgium.

 I have been asked by The Irish in Europe Association to submit a collection of my photographs for inclusion in an exhibition to promote Sligo in the Halles Saint-Gery in the centre of Brussels.

The Halles Saint-Gery is one of Brussels protected buildings and has been functioning as an exhibition centre promoting the heritage and quality of life of the city since 1999. The exhibition will run from the 3rd to the 28th April.

To recognise Sligo’s selection as the European Town of Sport for 2014 it has been chosen by the Irish in Europe Association as the featured town in Ireland under the ´Brussels Irish Village Project´.

As the chosen town in the Irish Village Area, Sligo will be extensively promoted over a year long period in Brussels, Belgium and across Europe. The photography exhibition which will be focused on Sligo is part of a cultural exchange programme ran by the Irish in Europe Association to help provide tourism information for the island of Ireland.

Limerick has also been selected as the city to be promoted as it is this year’s City of Culture. Last year some 1.2 million were exposed directly to the photography exhibitions which ran during the Irish Presidency of the EU and focused on Cork and Westport. 

For more information on the exhibtion click here
 
 
 
 
 

January14

Sligo Now Article

 Delighted to be featured in the Jan edition of the Sligo Now magazine. 
They did an interview with me for their regular 'Watch this space' article. 

November15

My new gallery...

 After four months of hard slog I'm delighted say that my own photography gallery at Carney is now open.

I have over 50 of my framed photographs on display in a purpase built gallery just 10 minutes from Sligo town. Visitors are very welcome.

The new gallery is on the right hand side of the road linking Carney village with the N15 Sligo to Donegal road at Henry's Restaurant. (see map below).

No appointment necessary.
 
 
 
How to get there

October21

Introducing new top quality local suppliers

How to get thereI am delighted to use top quality local Sligo suppliers for all for my materials.

My photographs and canvas prints are produced by DigiCreatiV Fine Art Printing who are based at the Green Rd, Sligo.

DigiCreatiV is a Digigraphie Certified Print Lab specialising in high-quality fine art limited edition Digigraphie certified prints, Giclée prints and Personalised Canvas prints.

Image Framers look after all of my framing needs and are based in Adelaide St, Sligo.

Their focus is to carefully select the highest quality materials to aesthetically compliment your artwork while ensuring the item is preserved and protected to conservation standards.

June19

My First Book!

How to get there
Last year I was asked by an American writer called Ashley Rooney to collaborate on a book Irish of Ghost stories.   
I have provided over 30 images from my Ireland’s Abandoned Ruins collection, many of them commissioned for the book.  It was a very enjoyable project to work on as I got to photograph some stunning locations around the country including a memorable day spent with Sean Ryan at Leap Castle - said to be the most haunted castle in Ireland.  
The book is called ‘Ireland's Ghosts, Legends, and Lore’ and is now available for pre-order on a few websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. ( ) It is due to be published later on this summer.
Ashley summarises the focus of the book:
‘There's no clear-cut beginning or end between the conclusion of paganism and the beginning of Christianity in Ireland. The old gods lingered, but the Celtic Church was established, thanks to St. Patrick, by the fifth century in Ireland. Stirring Irish tales of demons and banshees, restless dead, and magical beasts were written down by Christian scribes centuries later. It’s beautiful, but bleak, landscape of ruined castles; devastated abbeys, prehistoric stone circles, and foggy bogs contain many vengeful ghosts. Follow the ambitious Irish chiefs and the English kings, the family feuds, and the constant troubles with the English in over 30 spine-tingling tales’.
You can see some of the images included in the book by following this link – 
Last year I was asked by an American writer called Ashley Rooney to collaborate on a book Irish of Ghost stories.   

I have provided over 30 images from my Ireland’s Abandoned Ruins collection, many of them commissioned for the book.  It was a very enjoyable project to work on as I got to photograph some stunning locations around the country including a memorable day spent with Sean Ryan at Leap Castle - said to be the most haunted castle in Ireland.  

The book is called ‘Ireland's Ghosts, Legends, and Lore’ and is now available for pre-order on a few websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It is due to be published later on this summer.

Ashley summarises the focus of the book:

‘There's no clear-cut beginning or end between the conclusion of paganism and the beginning of Christianity in Ireland. The old gods lingered, but the Celtic Church was established, thanks to St. Patrick, by the fifth century in Ireland. Stirring Irish tales of demons and banshees, restless dead, and magical beasts were written down by Christian scribes centuries later. It’s beautiful, but bleak, landscape of ruined castles; devastated abbeys, prehistoric stone circles, and foggy bogs contain many vengeful ghosts. Follow the ambitious Irish chiefs and the English kings, the family feuds, and the constant troubles with the English in over 30 spine-tingling tales’.

You can see some of the images included in the book by clicking here

October09

Trip to Leap Castle

How to get there
Last weekend I got to shoot somewhere I have always wanted to photograph – Leap Castle, Ireland’s most haunted castle.  I was there to get a shot as part a series of photographs I have been commissioned to take by an American author for inclusion in a new Irish ghost stories book (more on that to follow…)
The castle is simply stunning and the current owner Sean Ryan was a most gracious host; several hours passed in front of his roaring log fire before I even got around to taking my camera out of the bag. 
You can see some of the results here:
Last weekend I got to shoot somewhere I have always wanted to photograph – Leap Castle, Ireland’s most haunted castle.  I was there to get a shot as part a series of photographs I have been commissioned to take by an American author for inclusion in a new Irish ghost stories book (more on that to follow…)

The castle is stunning and the current owner Sean Ryan was a most gracious host; several hours passed in front of his roaring log fire before I even got around to taking my camera out of the bag. 
 
You can see some of the results here:

April30

Discover Ireland Blog Post

How to get thereI was delighted to be invited to submit some photographs to the Discover Ireland blog which helps promote Ireland overseas - what do you think?

March06

New for 2012 - Photos on canvas

How to get there

All of the photographs displayed on this site are now available as canvas prints.  

The image will be printed in high resolution on top quality canvas which is stretched over a wooden frame that’s ready to be hung directly onto a wall to give a stunning visual impact.  

There is a default size set for canvas prints in the drop down menu when you go to purchase a photograph. However canvas prints are also available upon request in sizes other than these default ones - up to 3 meters wide for panorama photographs. Please contact me directly for quotes.

Note - canvas prints will take 10 - 15 working days for delivery. 

The canvas print shown in this picture is the 2m wide Dusk at Strandhill and is on display in the dining room of the award winning Strandhill Lodge and Suites, Strandhill, Co. Sligo.

 

Febuary28

New revamped website makes the headlines!

 The launch of my new revamped website was picked up by The Irish World - The Voice of the Irish Comminuty in Britain who featured the site revamp on thier website.

Closer to home, the re-launch of the site got great coverage in the Sligo Weekender, Sligo Champion, Western People and Short Breaks magazine (see photos below). 
Sligo Weekender
Sligo Champion
Western People
Short Break Magazine

July28

Dusk at Strandhill panorama photograph features on TV3s Ireland AM

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Short Break MagazineThe Made In Sligo Craft group featured on TV3’s Ireland AM programme which was broadcast live from the Glasshouse Hotel in Sligo on 28th July 2011.
 
As a member of Made In Sligo, my Dusk at Strandhill photograph featured in the broadcast (at appox 2mins 50 seconds in)

July25

The Poetry of Craft - Interpretations of W.B. Yeats poetry by Made In Sligo craft workers

July 2011
Short Break MagazineIn conjunction with the Yeats Summer School and as part of 2011 the year of crafts, members of Made in Sligo held an exhibition which focused on individual interpretations of chosen works by William Butler Yeats.
 
I entered three photographs into the exhibition:
 
1. Tobernalt Rag Tree
2. The Glen
3. Heaven's Gates
 
All three photographs invoke the imagery of Yeat’s poem  ‘He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven’
 
Unfortunately, after posing as sentries to the Glen for probably more than two centuries, the gates featured in the Heaven's Gates photograph were stolen in July 2011,  just before the launch of the exhibiton
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November01

Brian Cody is presented with Beaches & Mountains of Sligo

The Poetry of Craft 03Sligo Hurling Board chairman Tom Brenan presents "Beaches & Mountains of Sligo", a Ciaran McHugh Panorama photograph, to Kilkenny All-Ireland Hurling championship manager Brian Cody at a gala function in the Clarion Hotel in Sligo on Saturday night, November 1st.

The function was held to celebrate Sligo hurlers winning the Nicky Rackard cup for the first time.

August21

Beaches & Mountains is presented to New York's Fighting 69th

The Poetry of Craft 03Commandant Fintan Dunne (right), Officer Commanding the 58th Reserve Infantry Battalion, Finner Camp, made a presentation of the Beaches & Mountains of Sligo, a Ciaran McHugh panorama photograph, to Lt Col John Andonie of the Fighting 69th infantry division in New York on behalf of the Irish Defence Forces. The 58th Battalion were in the US as part of the St Patrick's Day celebrations and marched in the parade with the Fighting 69th, who have lead the New York parade for more than 150 years.

The Fighting 69th have strong Sligo connections through General Michael Corcoran who was born in Carrowkeel, near Ballymote, Co Sligo. Corcoran was a close confidant of President Abraham Lincoln and he led the 69th regiment into action at the Battle of Bull Run during the American Civil War. On August 22nd 2006, The Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg unveiled a bronze monument to the Fighting 69th in Ballymote as a tribute to the legacy of General Michael Corcoran.

Febuary26

Johnny Giles is presented with Coney Island Causeway

The Poetry of Craft 03Former Irish Football International Johnny Giles was presented with "Coney Island Causeway", a Ciaran McHugh photograph, at the Sligo Weekender Sports Star Awards.  The awards ceremony was held in the Clarion Hotel in Sligo on the 26th February  and Johnny was the guest speaker.

October17

Photograph by Ciaran McHugh presented to Alan Dukes

The Poetry of Craft 03Alan Dukes, the former leader of Fine Gael, was presented with 'The Glen', a photograph by Ciaran McHugh at the Sligo Chamber of Commerce annual dinner at the Castledargan Hotel on Friday 17th October 2008.

Alan was the guest speaker at the Chamber's annual dinner and was presented with the framed photograph by the Joe McCann, president of Sligo Chamber and Anne Gallagher of the VHI.

October10

Killmacowen Exhibtion, Coolera, Co. Sligo

The Poetry of Craft 03The novelist, playwright and poet Dermot Healy opened the exhibition:

"It's wonderful to see such a practised eye abroad on the landscape, going up the Glen and Crossing the causeway at Coney Island. And I'm glad to be here to look around with this man as my guide.

Ciaran's Sunset Over Knocknarea is a gem, one hill is topped by another rounded slope. There is great width in the view. Always the sky is rounding off the earth below. And sometimes to the fore of the photographs there is a group of solitary stems standing upright, like the tall flowers at the front of Ballisodare Bay, or the reeds in Scarden- they set the scene, on guard at the entry into the distance, and yet are set, quietly and obtrusively, into place.

The threatening sky seems to follow the line of the masts of the boats at Ballynakill in Connemara. The photographer has grabbed a rare chance to look at nature and man collaborating for a brief second. The boats are going up into the upper realm. And that brief second is extended into the Misty Morning at Oranmore with the tree, loaded with years of wind and grief, outlined in the shot like a tall musical note in a long silent tune, an air that the cat might be listening to in Andalucia.

 Ben Bulben has been rarely caught to its full extent as it overlooks Sligo Bay as this photographer has done here in one wide filmic sweep. It takes a great stretch of the imagination -and the lens to capture that sight and find the right place in the landscape to stand.

 Then as we look at the stones in Lough Corrib the thought crosses the mind that they might have been the same stones that built Annaghdown castle in the background. Or we could be looking at the water-logged debris of another civilization. Always there is a visual history at work in Ciaran's view of a landscape. He is tracking back and forth through time.

 And in The Glen Panorama the eye sets off on an ancient walk along some secret pathway into the past. Age is being given an airing, old souls are taking a walk together towards some special site.

 The sheep, like a set of models, have stepped up to the camera at Clonbur, and there is a lovely fall and rise in the land that leads down to the sheen of Lough Corrib. Again the photographer has chosen the perfect place to pause, and thereby gives the viewer a powerful sense of distance, and fall, and reach.

 And this is scored deep in the retina as one looks at Tully mountain and Ballynakill Harbour. Here the vastness of nature is set against the few houses dotting the land, that disappear as the as the heights grow wild and ragged. These are a few of the occupied houses in the show; the historian is looking further back, and yet there we are - us , the inhabitant-  with our roofs and windows, aware and unaware of the place outside that we inhabit..

There is a lovely swerve of light and water and stone in Loch Talt. The man and woman of Sligo - Benbulben and Knocknaree - shot from Skreen , sit looking out to sea in armchairs of earth and stone in a long string of photos set together without a line showing in a work worthy of a seamstress, and slowly you again realise the pictorial sense of the photographer when you see that both the left and right of the picture are framed by trees.

 Abandoned places exist in all the landscapes from the hen house to the plough, but there is a deathly white at work in the tombstone at Strandhill, with again the clouds echoing the atmosphere of the graveyard, you're drawn to the dark growing to the to right hand of the frame, then drop down a little, and again the eye settles on one last small beautiful cross captured, alone, away out there in the distance, like a last farewell. This is great stuff, to have caught that final tombstone.

With his ingredient of white he has embroidered Shrule Castle. But that same white darkens the cottages of Maamtrasna and Lenane, and darkens them so much that you feel their emptiness and their rain and you can also feel the weight of the stones that built the houses. And because of this weight the wall and piers outside the abandoned Cottage in Leenane have an uncanny human, and troubled presence.

 The white is rebuilding the structures, then emptying them, and those same stones in the Corrib and in the abandoned houses lead the way to the earliest of structures that houses the Carramore Tomb. There is a sense of stoicism and the balance. It is as if the tomb is about to set sail. And then comes the sense of mushrooms.

 It is another drumbeat, and then comes another, when suddenly we are in another other time as we pass Ross Friary where the word roofless suddenly takes on a new meaning. The past has gone into the clouds. That long abandoned building that housed sinners and saints takes ages to pass by in the frame. The sense of loss travels in a quiet way out to the eye. Again, the photographer is standing in the right place. Sometimes it is not what you see, but where you see it from.

 Lastly, the flowers that were at a distance from us in the landscape hover up close in these works on fauna. The summer Daisy eventually looks like a close-up of the broad white hat a woman might wear as she heads off down the street at a Festival in Brazil. Ahead of her dancing is the Potentilla and the Wild Garlic, a beautiful shot of the flower that we pass daily without looking at it. But not the slugs.    

The Rhodendron is a joy, and great wonder is the Mock Orange at Ransboro. He is homing in on the familiar and unfamiliar, and seeing each for the first time all over again. The daffodil is on her way to the disco and could be standing at the corner of O'Connell street asking for a light from a passerby.  The exotic erotica of the Spanish Butterfly feeding of red and white leaves, is like a small horned dragon, escaped from a garden off Wine Street in another century.

 I was glad to see the Robin here, holding on tight with her claws as she considers whether to get up and go from present times. Beside her the Blue Tit is listening to the tune of The Campanula. And lastly the summer daisy again passes with dots of water on the wings of her hat as they all step forward down the road to the unheard music.

This exhibition is a lovely visual pursuit of the lost and the daringly alive. History and landscape, colour and distance, stone and water, are honed and stitched together through a great generous lens that throws vast light onto a sense of absence and presence.

It's an honour to open it.

I wish Ciaran well in his future as a photographer. He is looking into the core".
Dermot Healy October 2008
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