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Bryan snaps up his mum’s life story

The late Mary O’Brien from Lewis Road who passed away in 2015

AN award-winning Killarney photographer, currently documenting his late mother’s relationship with her home town, is seeking help from the public to source snapshots of the people and places that were part of her life over the years.

Bryan O’Brien, a photographer with the Irish Times, grew up on Lewis Road in the 1970s and 80s and his mother, Mary O’Brien, was a very gentle lady who was well known and liked in the town.

Bryan, who has been crowned Press Photographer of the Year on a number of occasions, is working part time on obtaining a Master’s degree in documentary photography and he is anxious to chart his late mother’s relationship with the town in which she lived.

Photographer Bryan O’Brien

“I’m sourcing old photos that we had in albums at home but I’m desperate to get more from anywhere,” he said.

Bryan has stressed that the images don’t have to feature his mother but he is keen to get snapshots of shops she would have frequented over the years, including Shamrock House, Fishy Macs and the original Dunnes Stores building on High Street.

Mary O’Brien, who passed away in 2015, was also a member of the local boy scouts committee and Comhaltas Ceolteori Éireann.

Bryan would also love to hear from anybody with any photographs of his mother’s days working as a nurse in St Finan’s Hospital where his dad, Bernie, also worked.

“I realise it’s a long-shot but any help would be appreciated,” said Bryan.

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