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Kenneth O’Halloran – Modern Ruins Exhibition

The Handball Alley, Feevagh, County Roscommon © Kenneth O’Halloran

This exhibition by multi award-winning photographer Kenneth O’Halloran shows him at the peak of his powers. It focuses on his colour work from Ireland, and centres on a large installation of his magisterial series ‘The Handball Alley’. These now silent structures attest to the passing of time and to the changing dynamics of rural communities.

‘Modern Ruins and other stories’ was produced by Gallery of Photography in partnership with Glór, Ennis.

The work on display is a selection from close to 100 handball alleys photographed by Kenneth all over Ireland in the period 2013 to 2014. Prints are available for sale and a large selection of the photos from the series can be seen at

Map of Approximate locations of all the handball alleys photographed in the series.

Irish Times Video Link

The launch of the exhibition took place on Friday 6th April at which Enda Timoney St. Brigid’s HC, Dublin attended.

Enda stated “I have always been interested in the heritage of our wonderful game. I have travelled the country to take photos of old alleys for Aine Ryan’s website recording all these old alleys. The place was full with standing room only. I felt there was a lot of interest in the Old Alleys and the heritage. Kenneth’s presentation was excellent which I found very interesting”

The gallery is hosting a free conversation event with Kenneth & with journalist, broadcaster and author, Alison O’Connor next Tuesday 15th May @ 1pm. Handball members are welcome to attend. See link to the event.

Visitor Information

Gallery of Photography. Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 is the national centre for photography in Ireland. The Gallery runs exhibitions, workshops, darkrooms and digital studio facilities and a specialist photography bookshop. Established in 1978, it is a not for profit arts organization, funded by the Arts Council, Dublin City Council and by visitor donations.

The Gallery of Photography is open every day. Tuesday - Saturday 11am-6pm; Sunday & Monday 1-6pm. Guided tours of the exhibition every Wednesday at 1pm, or by appointment.

Exhibition continues until May 20 2018. Admission is free, donations welcome.

Click Here for further details.