The Gathering - 24th - 26th May 2024

This year's Gathering takes place in Dungarvan Co Waterford from 24th to 26th May.
The Gathering is a meeting of Film Photographers for an enjoyable weekend of Photography in Dungarvan. All types of film shooters are welcome, whether you are a 35mm, Medium Format or Large Format shooter. Some folks may even bring large plate cameras or even basic Pin-Hole cameras.


Friday 24th May
We start off the weekend at 8pm with a presentation in the upstairs private lounge of the
Enterprise Bar by Podge Kelly on his Alterative Photographic processes. Anyone who wishes to arrive in Dungarvan earlier in the day can of course do so and take some photographs in the area.


Saturday 25th May
On Saturday morning, attendees can visit any of the beautiful local attractions such as:

• Mahon Falls – One can drive to the car park close to the waterfall or walk to it through the Comeragh Woods following the river as it crashes down waterfalls through interesting rock landscapes; and then into the open hills leading to Mahon Falls. This is quite a walk so suitable footwear advisable.

• Crough Woods – This is a shorter woodland walk where there can be lovely lights glowing through the tree. Different trails exist so let us know if you need information on these.

• The Copper Coast – This drive along the coast provides access to beautiful coves and beaches as well as the old Copper Mines.

• Ardmore – Check out the Cliff Walk at Ardmore passing the Crane Barge stranded on the rocks and the old watch towers. Great sea views and bird life.

• Dungarvan – Stroll around Dungarvan at your leisure. Visit the Castle or relax by the Quays.

• The Greenway – If feeling energetic, hire a bike and cycle along the Green Way, stopping to photograph the viaduct and tunnel.

• Photographic Exhibition – There will be a Photographic Exhibition in the local Library of images taken during previous years of the Gathering. Open Friday and Saturday.

At 2pm there will be a Portrait Shoot at a local outdoor location. If the weather does not suit, we will move the shoot into the covered area at the back of The Enterprise bar.


Accommodation & Restaurants
It is strongly recommended that if you wish to stay for one or both nights that you book accommodation as soon as possible.

You are free to book any of the many restaurants in Dungarvan for dinner but some of the more popular places will need to be reserved early in the day.

Each evening after dinner we meet up in The Enterprise Bar for a few pints and to discuss the days shooting.


Need Film or a Camera?
Brendan from The Photo Shop (www.thephotoshop.ie) is happy to bring any film or other supplies you may require once ordered in advance.

We will have a few 35mm film cameras available to borrow for anyone who doesn’t own one but would like to try it out. Just let us know in advance if possible and bring a few rolls of film with you. We can also arrange to process your film afterwards if required.


Other Info
As with previous years, we will have a list of cameras and other equipment for sale, so if you have some gear surplus to your requirements, let us know in advance and bring the items with you if possible.

This will be our 6th annual Gathering and each year people have returned and new people have joined us. It doesn’t matter what level you are at photographically, we meet to share information, stories and have a good time with fellow photographers.

There is no fee for attending The Gathering, just let us know you are coming and we’ll be delighted to welcome you.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you have.

Looking forward to meeting you.
Julian

The Gathering is organised by Julian Ashleigh, Peter Fitzsimons and John Tynan.
Contact: julianashleigh@outlook.com / 087-8123940 if you need further information.