If I Fall, Catch The Camera!

Did you ever say to yourself ‘I must write all these stories down’? Stories that make you smile. Stories that bring back a memory. Stories that you would otherwise forget.

Over the years, Brian has photographed hundreds, even thousands, of weddings, each unique and many with a tale attached. We lost count of the many times we said ‘we must write these down’.

Well, Fiona had assisted Brian at many weddings and, this year, that’s exactly what she did! She got to work, going through wedding files to jog memories of anecdotes, making notes and putting the stories together to create a book. She enlisted the help of an artist friend, Charlie Leeke, to add some illustrations and before she knew it a book had been created.

Last Sunday, at a surprise Afternoon Tea for Brian, the book was unveiled. What a treat it was for Brian, Theresa and their family to read through the many memories held in those pages, enjoy the fantastic illustrations and reminisce about all the great days at various weddings around the country.


Going to work with Grandad

The best thing about lockdown ending was having the grandchildren to come and stay again. We missed them so much and it was great to spend precious time with them at the weekend. As always, there were special requests about what activities and treats they would like and we were only too happy to oblige.

In Oscar’s case, the only request was to go to work with Grandad. Oscar is eight and is a keen photographer. He also has a great eye for it, so who better to bring along to an outdoor shoot?

Our mission was to take a picture of the McNamara family outside their house for the Smile for Saoirse campaign. Smile for Saoirse is raising money for young amputee Saoirse Ruane, to fund new prosthetic legs for her as she grows.

It was a lovely sunny evening as we made our way to Banagher, and Oscar was hugely excited. Using Grandad’s camera, he captured a great picture of the family as well as some other shots around the harbour. He certainly is a chip off the old block!

Oscar captured this great picture of a sailing couple in Banagher


From archives to walls…

Can you imagine what over forty years worth of files look like?  Thousands of negatives – weddings, first communions and confirmations, newborn babies, siblings, grandparents, commercial shoots, scenery.

Now imagine that someone rings up and asks for a picture to be printed from a wedding in 1980!! With a few vital details from the client, we were able to locate the negatives from her wedding in a very short time, the print was made and framed and is now hanging proudly in her home.

This got us thinking – how many people out there have been meaning to get reprints from their photoshoot, and just never got around to it?  Most of us are spending lots of time at home, spring cleaning, looking through drawers that remain unopened from one end of the year to the next.

Now is the ideal time to order that wall portrait from your wedding, to buy Granny the framed picture from your recent studio shoot to give her when lockdown ends ( along with a big hug), and to have that battered old photograph of your Great Grandparents restored and preserved for future generations.

We are still here, as we have been for over forty years, and we would love to hear from you and put some of your great memories into print to hang proudly in your home.


Let Us Help You Out

Your voluntary club or organisation could raise €1000!! Take 20 of our portrait vouchers and sell for €50 each. You keep the proceeds and we get to meet 20 new clients who will each receive a portrait session and a small framed portrait value €165.


Photo A Day

Have you heard about our Photo a Day campaign? We decided that we would like to share a range of images with you – some from our latest photo shoots, some from our archives, some from nature. Make sure you like us on facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter and follow the hashtag #PhotoADay to keep up with the latest Photo A Day.


Sixty five roses for Cystic Fibrosis

For Cystic Fibrosis Day (Sixty Five Roses Day) Redmonds of Roscrea were delighted to help out with this fundraiser. For a donation of €65, all of which goes directly to CF, clients received a photoshoot at the studio and a framed desktop portrait value €165. We were thrilled to have four clients avail of the offer and we now have €260 to send to https://www.cfireland.ie  Thank you for supporting this event!

 


Happy Days 2019 – a great success!

This years fundraiser under the banner, “Happy days” was in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland, local branches, Laois Offaly and Tipperary. There was a great turn-out of old friends and we are delighted to have welcomed some new ones to our Gallery Studio


Celebrating 50

Celebrating 50 is a unique collection of lifestyle portraits of people celebrating something 50.  The pictures cover a wide range of people doing what they enjoy, in a setting that is special to them.  From friendships to music, motorbikes to crochet, volunteering to family, each picture tells its own individual story.

The original collection formed part of an exhibition at Birr Vintage and Arts Festival, who also celebrated 50 years in 2018. Take a look through the collection and enjoy the stories. You might even decide to get your own lifestyle portrait made.

Click on each picture to view and to read the individual story behind each one.

 


Age Friendly Roscrea

We were happy to be partnering with Age Friendly Roscrea and providing unique portrait vouchers for sale with all proceeds going to Age Friendly Roscrea.

Ann thanked us most sincerely and said our support and encouragement over the years has always been appreciated.

This offer is now closed and we wish to thank all who took part.

 

Redmonds of Roscrea the photographers have come up with a novel way for voluntary organisations like Age Friendly Roscrea to raise funds. What Redmonds do is supply Portrait Vouchers which have a face value of €165 incl photo-session, viewing and one 7″ framed portrait which can be sold for just €50, 100% of which goes to the organisaton. That’s how Redmonds donated €1050 to Age Friendly Roscrea represented here in our picture by Fidelma Carroll and Anne Keevey with Brian Redmond. Pic by Theresa Redmond.

 


Just because…..

Sometimes you don’t need a reason to have a portrait made. Sometimes you decide to have it done, just because.

When Theresa Byrne came to see us to have a portrait made, she wanted something a little different.  The result was this great portrait – elegant, timeless, fun, quirky, and definitely eye-catching.

 


Happy Days!

Sandra Poyzer and her daughter, Aoife, accept the cheque for €2560 on behalf of Down Syndrome Ireland, proceeds from the Happy Days Portrait Fundraising promotion at Redmonds of Roscrea.


Portrait Club

Our Portrait Club is always open.

Some of our clients pay into the Club all year in preparation for upcoming events: a new baby, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, the right year for the Family Portrait, whatever is important to them. Call us for details on 0505 21936


First Communion Portrait with a Twist…

Sometimes we’re asked to find a unique place for a unique girl in a white suit for First Holy Communion. And there’s nowhere as unique as Monaincha Abbey, also known as the 31st Wonder of the World.

This young girl thoroughly enjoyed her photo session among the ruins of this very special place.  And Mum and Dad are thrilled with their finished portrait, which is also very unique.

 


Buddy Bench

Buddy Bench, the life coping skills programme was delivered to pupils at Corville NS Roscrea on Tues 6th Dec 2016. The event was organised by Redmond Photography Roscrea on the occasion of their 40th Anniversary of business in Roscrea and the programme was made possible by donations received during this years Happy Faces Portraits at Redmonds. Thank you to everyone who took part. Theresa Redmond said, “Our 40th year in business was a perfect opportunity to do something positive and worthwhile for children who have been at the core of our photography for so long”


A lasting legacy for children.

Each year, in association with the Irish Professional Photographers Association, Redmonds undertake a fundraiser for a particular charity. Redmonds give their time and materials free of charge and each participant receives receives a complimentary portrait for their donation to the charity of 25 euro. This year they  selected the ‘Buddy Bench’ Programme, which teaches young children invaluable life coping skills from a very young age. With its ethos of ‘Look Up, Look Around and Look Out for Each Other’ – a team of trained psychologists visit each school and work with the teacher and children at no cost to the school or parents.Each portrait participant was invited to nominate a school and the winner was Corville NS., Roscrea.

To celebrate 40 years in businesses is a commendable achievement but to give children a means to learn coping skills that will help them throughout their lives is nothing short of amazing and encompasses everything that Redmonds business motto has always stood for – ‘For the Times of Your Life’

Details of this innovative programme can be found on Buddy Bench Ireland

Brian says ‘Children have been the core of our business since we opened so we wanted to make a useful and lasting gift that will benefit children’ We are very excited about this programme. A lasting legacy that Redmonds will provide for generations to come.

 

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Something Old, Something New

Something Old, Something New

 

Now and again, we have people come in to us with old photographs, albums, negatives, which they would like restored. We always endeavour to bring these precious memories back to life as best we can.

Recently, a client brought in her wedding album, which had suffered the effects of damp and had started to fall apart. She and her husband had married in 1966 and wanted us to renovate the album in this Golden Anniversary year of her marriage. Now widowed, the photographs are more precious than ever, so it was important to show them in the best possible way and create an heirloom which can be passed on to future generations.

The original album consisted of just thirteen pictures, with a selection of cards and Telegrams (remember those?) tucked into a folder in the back. Having sourced an album that wouldn’t look too modern, we set about placing the precious contents of the old album in to the pages of the new one. Each picture, Telegram and card now has a page of it’s own, each mounted on enhancing backgrounds and each separated by archival, acid free tissue interleaving.

Our client collected her new/old album last week and was absolutely thrilled with the result. It has already been taken to a family reunion where her Bridesmaid was able to see it. And, of course, her grown up children are delighted that this precious piece of family history has been restored and saved for generations to come.

 

 

 


Lazy, hazy Summer days…. and evenings

The lazy, hazy days of Summer are upon us and everywhere we look there are glorious colours, not least the stunning carpets of bluebells that are transforming our woodlands at the moment.

 

What better way to spend time with your family than to go for a stroll through the woods, relaxing in the sunshine, admiring the riot of blues.  Precious memories are made on days like these – a chance to unwind, away from the stresses of life, watching the children running and playing, maybe even having a picnic.  What’s the rush?

 

You could even keep those memories alive by having an outdoor shoot in your favourite family place.  A reminder of time well spent.

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Tough decisions made easy!

It’s so difficult to make a decision, isn’t it?

You’re sitting in front of the screen, looking at a selection of great pictures and you just can’t seem to narrow it

down. You want them all!  The solution? A Wall Album.

 

 

 

Along with your printed book or as a stand-alone piece, your favourite are pictures presented as a single framed piece.

An eye-catching wall piece for your home, filled with memories.

Whether it’s from the family portrait session you had  here in the studio,

or from your wedding (recent, or not so recent!) a wall album is a great way to

display your pictures and help you create your family story.


Lost and found

What would you do if you saw an old photograph lying in the street?
Step over it?
Pick it up?
What if you pick it up, what do you do with it then?

 

Well, when Fiona saw a photograph on Dawson St while on a visit to Dublin she knew exactly what to do. Having worked here at Redmonds of Roscrea for many years, she knew that if the picture got wet and trampled on, it was ruined forever. She picked it up and brought it home, took a picture of it and posted it on Facebook and Twitter. Within a few hours it had been shared and retweeted dozens of times and she had received lots of messages with tips about tracing the owner.

 

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Thirty six hours after the initial post, a message pinged in from a lady called Sibheal saying that the lady in the picture was her Nana. And Nana was about to celebrate her 101st birthday! The photograph was being taken by Sibheal’s Mum to a photographers to be copied and framed as a present for the special occasion when it fell out of her bag.
Addresses were exchanged and the photograph was despatched (via registered post!) to be reunited with it’s rightful owners.

And here is the Birthday Girl Kathleen Doody, on her 101st birthday, holding the precious picture taken of her all those years ago!

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Hang In There!

So you put great thought in to what you’d wear, made sure the colours co-ordinated, bribed the kids to be on their best behaviour!  You came to the studio for the photo-shoot, and back again to view your pictures, taking great care to choose the right size pictures and frames that would suit.  You waited expectantly for the call to say that your pictures were ready to collect and you left work early to go and pick them up.
They look great, everything you wanted them to be, you even felt a bit choked when you saw the finished item for the first time.  You carefully put them, wrapped in their bubble wrap jackets, in the boot of the car and when you got home you carried them in to the house and put them in the ‘good room’ where they wouldn’t get knocked or damaged.

Three weeks later, they’re still there! What happened?


All too often, we lose confidence about where and how to hang pictures.  In our mind’s eye we see the happy, smiling family portrait taking pride of place, admired by all who call to see us.  But, in reality, we lose our nerve.  Let’s put it in the hall – no, too ostentatious, people will think we’re showing off.  What about the kitchen?  You’re joking – it’s far too good for the kitchen.  Alright then, the good Sitting Room – sure no-one will see it there.

 

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The thing to remember is that a Family Portrait is a moment in time – and it should be seen every day, a gentle reminder of the people who are most precious to you, something that will bring a smile to your face every time you walk past it and glance at it.  So, why not hang it in the hall?  It’ll be the last thing you see before you leave the house in the morning and the first thing you see when you return home after a busy day.  Or what’s wrong with putting it in the kitchen, the busiest room of the house, the room where the family gathers for meals, where the children do their homework, where the world is put to rights over a cuppa, where memories are made.

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Whatever you do, don’t leave it in it’s bubble-wrap jacket, unseen, with no-one to appreciate it’s beauty and uniqueness.

So if you do decide to put it in the good Sitting Room, try and visit it at least once a day – if only to sit and admire the most precious thing you have – your family.
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Loughlin’s First Portrait Session

 

 

 

Messing around with the Moylans

Sound Asleep and Safe in the Arms of Mammy and Daddy

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At one week old little Barry King already knows the best places to have forty winks and we were delighted to be able to capture this treasured moment. No gimmicks, no flower pots, no baskets or funny hats – just an honest portrait showing the special connection between parents and their newborn.
This evocative black and white image will become a treasure in their home and Barry will forever be aware just how special he is.
To have a portrait like this just call us on 0505 21936 and book your appointment.

And from someone so new to someone a little older….

 

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This man left Ireland over 100 years ago to try his luck at prospecting and exploration.

While the photograph has survived it was in pretty poor condition.

And that’s where we came in. Here at Redmonds of Roscrea we have a wealth

of experience in restoring old and damaged photographs

and we always enjoy a challenge!

Below is the finished, restored photograph. With a little tweaking we managed to

breathe some life into it, and now some details which were lost are visible again.

Notice the camp fire behind him and the canvas tent supported by thin poles cut from the woods behind him. You can even see his pots and pans on the bottom right!

A treasure from the past restored for the future.

Bring in your treasured picture and we’ll give you a free estimate for restoration.

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Wedding Bells

We had a lovely day recently at the wedding of Janine and Johnny.  The setting for the reception and photographs was Kinnitty Castle and we never tire of that venue.  Rain or shine, there are plenty of great places to take special pictures of the Bride and Groom, their wedding party and their families.  Despite a forecast of bad weather, Janine and Johnny were steeped in luck and we were able to make full use of the grounds, including the avenue, the stableyard, the courtyard and, of course, the iconic front entrance.  Take a look at some of the picyures we took of the gorgeous bride and her handsome groom.  Many congratulations Janine & Johnny.


Home for the Summer

It’s always great to see people coming home for the Summer Holidays.  Fiona has been a client for many years and visits Roscrea regularly from her new home in Co Armagh.  This year, she asked us to take some casual pictures of her children in Roscrea’s historic Castle Gardens as a surprise birthday present for their Dad.

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As you can see, Tim and Ellen had great fun messing around!

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Ellen decided enough was enough at one stage and did a runner.

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While Tim just enjoyed showing off his athleticism.

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After the photo shoot, we went in to the Roscrea Heritage Society Tower to view the World War 1 exhibition.  Fiona and her sister are currently working on their Family Tree and the exhibition was of particular interest as their Grandfather, George Nixon, and his five brothers, all fought in WW1.  Two of the brothers, Adam and James, were killed in action – one in Gallipoli and the other in Belgium.  The remaining four came home uninjured and settled in Birr and Roscrea.

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And this is the picture for Dad’s birthday – we have been photographing Tim and Ellen since they were each two days old.  It’s great to see clients coming back again and again for portraits.

 

 


Suits You!

Back in 1997, Laura Flynn had a family portrait done with us. She loved the picture, but her one regret was that she hadn’t made the men wear suits! Fast forward to 2015 and a special birthday for Laura – a new portrait is commissioned. And this time things were going to be different! Laura hired suits for all the boys, including the two new additions to the family – her Grandsons.

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The Family portrait is a triumph – elegant and timeless…

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… while the boys look dapper and very handsome in their suits!


Four Generations Celebrating

Josie Delaney, Roscrea, recently celebrated her 92nd birthday and to mark the occasion her daughter Mary commissioned a Four Generation Portrait.  What a treasure to have for future generations. Mary said afterwards:

I will always have lovely happy memories of this photo session.Brian Redmond was so nice and made us all feel very special particularly Mam who thoroughly enjoyed the attention. Thank you Theresa for all your help in choosing just the ‘right’ photo.we were talking of this for a while,now we are thrilled with our family heirloom. Thanks to Redmonds of Roscrea.”


How Many Can You Identify?

Ok, here’s a bit of fun for you.  This is the Birr Vintage Week Picture Trail Quiz.  Have a wander around Market Sq, Main St and Emmett Sq and see how many shop signs you can identify.  No prizes – just a bit of fun.

 


Birr Vintage Week

What a week we have had in Birr.  Despite the inclement weather people still came and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting up with clients, past and present, at our pop-up Gallery in Market Square.

The highlight of the week was, as always, the parade and it didn’t disappoint.  There was a riot of colours and sounds and the atmosphere was electric!

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We were delighted to be part of the Artist Trail again this year. Family Portraits, Wedding Portraits and, of course, some of our land and sea scapes formed our exhibition.  Photography is such an exciting art form – it captures real life, in the moment.

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Our annual Walking Picture Trail took place on Tuesday evening.  A collection of pictures taken of shop signs which had to be identified.  It proved great fun for all those who took part and the winner of the West Clare Seascape was Tanya Coughlan.  Her Dad was on hand to collect her prize for her.

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Birr Vintage Week wouldn’t happen, of course, without the skills and organisation of the BVW Committee.  A group of hard working volunteers, they pull together a professional and enjoyable festival with lots to do for every age group.  Well done to everyone involved.

 


Waterford Castle

RTE’s Nationwide did a wonderful piece about Waterford Castle this week. The Castle is situated in the suburbs of Waterford city on it’s own island – an idyllic place, accessed by it’s own ferry. It was bought by a returned emigrant, Seamus Walsh, who went to Australia in the 80s looking for work. He now owns the Castle, realising a lifelong dream. It’s a beautiful setting for weddings and portraits. We recently photographed a wedding there, using the many beautiful rooms and picturesque backdrops. Pictured here is the magnificent fireplace in the Great Hall. The programme can be seen here.


Thank You Letters

We receive many Thank You letters, cards and emails and we keep every one of them!  Each one is read, dated and filed away for posterity.  Sometimes, a Thank You arrives and it strikes a chord, as this one did.  It’s from a Bride whose wedding we photographed las December and after she received her finished album she decided to let us know how it was received by family and friends.  We love it and we know you will too!

Hey Brian,

The album is going down a total and utter bomb 👍👍💪💪💪
People who haven’t seen it have heard about it and are busting to see it!!

Dad couldn’t get over how you got such a brilliant and clear picture of The Devils Bit AND he loved the pictures with Mossy (the dog 🐶🐶) Major thumbs up 👍👍👊👊😜😜 He talked more about how Mossy looked than me!!!!! Priceless!!!! 😂😂

Andy, the groomsman was doubled over laughing at the picture of himself on the altar pointing his finger👉 He loved it!! 👏👏

When he was looking thru, he kept on sayin, ‘Jaysus when did he take that??’ He has been groomsman a good few times and he said you were thee most unobtrusive photographer he ever came across.

He said he was pulled and dragged around the place at other weddings for photos and the finished albums wouldn’t hold a candle to yours, he just couldn’t get over it!!! Brian, trust me, that’s a serious compliment from Andy!!! 😉😉

His Mam loved the close up one of herself (she said it would be a grand one for her mortuary card 😱😱 she’s a pure character!!!!)

Marissa was weak for the pics of Tom (pageboy) and the flower girls 😍😍😍 I reckon she came real close to my number of “Oh My God”s 😆😆😷😷😷

I love love LOVE the album 👌💖💖

It has exceeded all my expectations, totally love it!! And yer one in the White dress looks fair well whoever she is 😂😂😂💪💪💪

Words can’t express how proud I am to be showing off the album, it most certainly won’t be put away in a drawer and forgotten about, it’ll be out for everyone to see in our house…..I love hearing the oooing and aaaaing!!!!

All I can say is you are a superb photographer and we all had such fun and crack with you. You captured everything that I wanted and more. I truly am grateful.

I’ll pass on the newspaper bit, id be totally mortified if I saw a picture of myself in the paper. It’s not something I’m into 🙈🙈🙈But thanks for the offer tho 😉😉

Say hello to Theresa for me and once again, thank you both so very much 😘😘😘😘

We will be back!!! 👊👊👊

Dympna xx 😜😜😜


Marigold Days in conjunction with Active Retirement Ireland

Did you know that if you are a member of Active Retirement Ireland, you get a 20% discount at Redmonds of Roscrea?  We recently attended the Marigold Festival in Athlone which celebrates and promotes active ageing.  The festival was featured on Irish TV and you can watch here Marigold Days.  For more information on Active Retirement Ireland and the great discounts that members can avail of click here. What better opportunity to get a Family or Generations portrait made with Redmonds of Roscrea.


Roscrea Matters

Did you see the recent edition of Tipperary Matters on Irish TV?  Roscrea was the main feature and the focus was on Damer House and Roscrea Castle, where the pupils of the Convent of the Sacred Heart Primary School were having their lessons for the day. They also had a chess tournament in the Great Hall, held a concert on the staircase of Damer House, had acting lessons and attended various workshops.  It is hugely important to have a sense of belonging in your home town and the children went away that day knowing so much more about Roscrea’s heritage than before.  Here is the link to the programme and this is the town portrait that I talked about in my interview.  As you can see, the parapet that I stood on to take the Portrait of Roscrea is very high – a bit nerve wracking but the end result is worth it as you can see here where 525 townspeople are gathered in one place!

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Golden Jubilee of SS Peter & Paul’s Church

We recently published some old and some ‘never before seen’ pictures of the Blessing of SS Peter & Paul’s Church in Portlaoise.  The reaction has been great and we were delighted to be featured in last week’s Leinster Express.  My father, Terry, was the official photographer for the event back in July 1965 and we still have the original Black & White negatives here in our archives in Roscrea.  It’s fascinating to be able to look back on how things have changed in these past fifty years and also interesting to note that we still place great importance on having a visual record of special events.  Photographs are the best way to do that.


Terry Redmond


Burke Children Generations Family Portrait

What a thrill it was to have the Burke children back to our Gallery Studio for an update of their portrait after 15 years! Mum brought along the original to show me and I was delighted it was in pristine condition. So impressed were we all that we decided to include it in one of the portraits to show the passage of time in a lovely way.


Local Author Publishes New Novel

Kieran Somers from Errill, Rathdowney has just published his new novel “Hollywood on the Tiber”. Congratulations Kieran.