The Kelley O'Grady Photography Collection

Peter Brown bringing in the hay in Derryheigh. 1981
Kelley O'Grady
Johnny & Peter Brown loading the cart with hay in Derryheigh.1981
Kelley O'Grady
Kelley's nephew & niece on the square in Louisburgh, load of turf in the background.1981
Kelley O'Grady
Outside Durkan's Bar & Lounge, Bridge Street, Louisburgh 1981
Kelley O'Grady
Pat Kilcoyne on Accordion, Austin O'Grady standing, Pat Gavin with hat, Early 1980s at house party in O'Grady's Derryheigh
Kelley O'Grady
L-R Bridget Geoghegan, Mary Kilcoyne, Maureen Kilcoyne, Michael Kilcoyne, 1980s at house party in O'Grady's Derryheigh
Kelley O'Grady
L-R Joe Gavin, Pat Kilcoyne, Pat Gavin, Petey Brown, Austin Kitterick 1980s at O'Grady's house party
Kelley O'Grady
L-R Sally Davitt(O'Grady), Sally Maxwell(O'Grady), Ann Bourke(O'Grady), Margaret O'Malley(O'Grady) At The Races of Killadoon 1981/82
Kelley O'Grady
The Races of Killadoon 1981/82
Kelley O'Grady
The Races of Killadoon 1981/82
Kelley O'Grady
Cooking the dinner in Sharooskey early 1980s
Kelley O'Grady
Gavin's of the Glen at the hearth, cooking & chatting, late 1970s
Kelley O'Grady
Lighting the pipe at the hearth in Derryheagh
Kelley O'Grady
Back L-R Michael Kilcoyne, Thomas Kilcoyne, ???, at front L-R Nan & Mary Kilcoyne, at O'Grady's House party 1980s
Kelley O'Grady
Gavin's of the Glen outside their thatched cottage with the river in front,
Kelley O'Grady
Austin O'Grady Slinging the slane cutting turf in the bog,late 1970s
Kelley O'Grady
Mike Gavin outside shed where they kept the bikes for cycling to Louisburgh
Kelley O'Grady
First view of home on return from USA
Kelley O'Grady
Slinging the Slean cutting turf
Kelley O'Grady

Long time visitor to Louisburgh, Kelley O’Grady has used her time during Lock Down 2020 to open boxes of photographs that she has taken over the years. Spanning five decades, Kelley has always had her camera with her on trips to Louisburgh and in particular to their second home in Cregganbaun.

 Kelley and her husband Patrick live in Boston, U.S.A. and have travelled home at least twice a year to tend to their farm and visit Patrick’s family and friends in Louisburgh.

 The photographs are a wonderful addition to our website and give a very real glimpse of life during those times. Sadly, many of the people featured in the photograph’s have gone to their eternal reward but the memories and the stories live on through this collection. The landscape may have changed over time however Kelley has managed to capture many different aspects of life with her camera and allow us to see what the surrounding mountains, street scape and beaches looked like in the past.  

We are so grateful to you Kelley for sharing your collection and wish you and Patrick and all the family good health and happiness in the years ahead.

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