Paddy Whelan 1935-2014: Life through his lens
Paddy Whelan 1935-2014: Paddy Whelan was an Irish Times photographer for almost 30 years. He retired in Aprill 2000 and died last week, aged 78. This gallery celebrates his life with the lens. This image of Paddy is from his retirement celebration in 2000.
NEWS: Paddy Whelan's primary role was as a news photographer. This photo was all about him being in the right place at the right time. Dutch industrialist Tieda Herrema was kidnapped by a Republican gang led by Eddie Gallagher and Marian Coyle. The gang was traced and found in a housing estate in Monasterevin, Co Kildare. After a siege lasting two weeks, Herrema was freed on November 8th, 1975. A bearded Gallagher is shown here being escorted away from the house by gardai.
NEWS: The day after his release, November 9th, 1975, Dr Herrema appeared before the press, showing the bullet given to him by his captor Eddie Gallagher at the end of the siege. He had beein in captivity since October 3rd.
NEWS: On December 1st 1972, a car bomb planted by Loyalist paramilitaries exploded on Dublin's Eden Quay close to Liberty Hall. Most of the windows of Liberty Hall and other nearby buildings imploded. Although many people suffered injuries – some horrific – nobody was killed. Customers inside the quayside "Liffey Bar" were hurt by flying glass.
NEWS: On March 16th 1988, Whelan was on hand to witness and photograph the Milltown Cemetery attack. During the funeral of three Provisional IRA members killed in Gibraltar, an Ulster Defence Association (UDA) volunteer, Michael Stone, attacked the mourners with hand grenades and pistols. As Stone ran towards the nearby motorway, a large crowd began chasing him and he continued shooting and throwing grenades. Some of them caught him and began beating him, but he was rescued by the police and arrested. Three people were killed and more than 60 wounded.
NEWS: The panic of the Milltown attack is captured by this Whelan photograph from the day.
NEWS: On the canvas with Labour Party candidate for Dublin West, Senator Mary Robinson, in June 1981. The future president was on the campaign trail with her son Aubrey.
NEWS: Charles Haughey and Bertie Ahern are on hand as Tom Leonard, the successful Fianna Fail candidate in the Dublin Central by-election of 1983, is congratulated by Fine Gael candidate Mary Banotti.
LIFE: Boys and girls on their communion day at the Church of Our Lady of Consolation, Donnycarney, Dublin, in this undated photograph.
LIFE: Horse-dealing at Mullagh Fair, Co Cavan, in September 1999.
LIFE: Trying to keep the horses under control at Mullagh Fair, Co Cavan.
LIFE: Participants at the Silver Jubilee conference of the Charismatic Renewal in Ireland at the RDS in Dublin
LIFE: Participants in the Gay Pride parade in Dublin in 1999
LIFE: Worm-pickers at work at Blind Harbour near Belmullet, Co Mayo in 1999
PEOPLE: A 1996 portrait of wiriter and Irish Times journalist Nuala O Faolain
PEOPLE: Pianist John O'Connor
PEOPLE: Artist Bridget Riley
PEOPLE: Broadcaster and filmmaker Eamon de Buitlear