This blog is partly about a girl, a very good friend of mine called Tara. And even though this photoshoot is not of her, it wouldn’t have happened without her.
See Tara decided to do a wonderfully good deed for a little boy in Northern Ireland who sadly has cancer, Oscar Knox. And what Tara did was this… she decided that instead of just hiting ‘like’ to updates on facebook regarding Oscar’s health, that she would to get up off her hiney, and do something constructive and organise a charity fundraising event for him. What makes Tara even more fab is that, she has NEVER met Oscar or any of his family. She doesn’t know them from Adam. But his story and plight touched her soul and she decided to do something proactive to help. Isn’t she great?! And to top it all off, she’s a mother of a two year old, engaged to a wonderful man who unfortunately works away from home a lot AND she was studying part-time for her law degree in Belfast. If you want something done then ask a busy woman… Tara has no idea I’m writing all this but I really admire what she did and having worked in jobs where I’ve had to organise small events in comparison, well let’s just say I know how time consuming such a task is. Hats off to Tara for getting off her BTM and doing it. She (and all those who helped bring the night together) managed to raise over £1100 and I’m sure the Knox family were delighted and very thankful for all her efforts.
Which brings us to Gerard McHugh, he was one of the many very kind people who not only attended the charity event in Cushendall, but he and his band gave up their time to entertain the crowd, so well done him on winning family a photshoot with Mary McQuillan Photography! I called Gerard to congratulate him (I couldn’t attend as I live in Manchester but do lots of bookings when I’m at home visiting) and low and behold, it transpired that he lives across the road from my mum – literally 20 yards if even. Only in Ireland…
I was delighted Gerard had won my prize as he is the father of the most wonderful bunch of 6 children! (5 of which I had the privilege of capturing on camera). All the girls were different in so many ways; Aoife and Clodagh were so pleasant and easygoing; not a hint of the stroppy teenagers about them! and the younger two girls, Dana and Soifra and were a delight to watch, happily skipping about and playing up for the camera without much coaxing. Ciaran, the only boy in the family and the youngest of the 6 was a different kettle of fish, the little toot made me work for some camera love but it only made him all the more endearing. It really wasn’t work though, just plain old good fashioned fun, rolling down hills, playing with bubbles and hiding behind trees. They were a delight to hang out with!
(A note from Tara)
Many thanks to The Glens Hotel, Salon Sixty One Martinstown, Kirsty McAuley, Michael Kearney, Noreen McAllister, Joanne McAllister, Lorna McGaughey, Ron McCann, Siobhan McCann, Rachel, Jean, Sian and Mary McQuillan Photography for their raffle prizes and to the band, Gerard McHugh, Gary Graham, Declan McCartan, Conor McCann and to Gerard for the disco! And to all those who helped sell tickets and promote a wonderful night! Tara xx
Oh, I thought I would take this opportunity to plug Gerard’s band, Runaby. Great folk music. Have a listen, they are fab! https://www.facebook.com/runabay
And if you want to know a little more about the brave man himself, Oscar, you can find out here: https://www.facebook.com/OscarKnoxAppeal
Go team Oscar!
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