Class of 2023 • Photography

Paul McGirr

Paul McGirr
Griffith College


Graduation Year
Class of 2023


You should take a picture of Ollie Bolger. These images were taken over the course of my first year living in Crumlin, south Dublin. The work creates a visual record of the area and its residents by capturing moments that represent both what the area is like and what people in Crumlin do. The intention of the work is to translate my own experience of living there while also challenging any preconceptions of the place. By showing fragmented elements of the community, the narrative is not conventional, but rather it represents the random nature of life in a typical city suburb. The project was based on discovery, curiosity, chance and determination. A chance conversation led me to ninety-three-year-old Breda Connell, who has lived on Cashel Road since 1938, and still takes the bus to Rathmines each morning for mass. There was an opportunity to meet and photograph famed stained glass artist, James Cox, originally from Roscommon, at his Christmas party. An invite to training at Crumlin Boxing Club ended with a unique sparring session between a talented young boxer and Fionn, the trainer’s puppy. These interactions are just a sample of the many positive experiences that occurred during the project. As for Ollie Bolger, I was advised that he was quite the character and that I should definitely take his picture. Unfortunately that was no longer possible.
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