Showcase of local history

Cashel photographer Mark Fitzell, pictured with his family entourage at the opening of his exhibition 'The Faces of Cashel,  in Cashel Library on Friday night last. Seated L/R. Trisha, Faye, Mark, Jean, Millie and Peter Fitzell. Back L/R. Aisling and Pa Fitzell, Judy O'Dwyer, Margaret O'Dwyer, Joan McLoughlin, Tony O'Dwyer, Veronica Meagher, Fiona and Johnny Kelly, William Fitzell.
Photographer Mark Fitzell’s exhibition ‘The Faces of Cashel’ drew hugh numbers to the launch in Cashel Library on Friday night last.

Photographer Mark Fitzell’s exhibition ‘The Faces of Cashel’ drew hugh numbers to the launch in Cashel Library on Friday night last.

Officially opened by his good friend and fellow thespian Sean O’Duibhir, the exhibition represents a cross section of some of the best images from Mark’s ongoing project of well known Cashel faces. All the images on display can be seen on Facebook, however that increasingly used adage ‘They aren’t pictures until they are printed‘ most definitely applies here. Because the theme of the exhibition is faces, it is a little unusual if not unique to be viewing the images on display while at the same time talking to the subject or subjects. As most of his victims (Sean O’Duibhir’s description) are of a certain vintage and a good number turned up on the night, stories and reminiscences abounded which made for a very enjoyable night, which went on beyond the normal library closing time. In his address Sean O’Duibhir said that the real value of the exercise is in the essence of it’s timing and its legacy to posterity , quite recently five of Mark’s best portraits Joan Connolly, Martin O’Dwyer, Patrick O’Dwyer, Jackie Dargan and Jackie Corcoran have gone to their eternal reward.

The exhibition runs until May 30th and is well worth a visit if not two or three. Mark told the many wellwishers: “Thanks so much to everyone who came to my exhibition launch. It was a really special night for me and all my family.”