Sean Cannon’s photographic journey with Achill Island began as a young boy traveling with his mother and father from the edge of Dartrey forest in South County Monaghan to visit his grandfather in the West of Ireland. Seans’ first camera was a Kodak Brownie that he received as a gift at the age of six. Back in Monaghan his amateur interests grew and in 1976 he established the Monaghan Photographic Society for which he was awarded honorary life membership. He is a founding member of the first national photographic organisation ‘The Irish Photographic Federation’ later resulting in a lifetime achievement award. He was appointed by Monaghan Vocational Committee to teach photography on the adult education syllabus. After many summers visiting Achill, in 1989 Sean and Margaret Cannon established the Western Light Art Gallery. This cultural hub is where so many artists inspired by Achill have been supported and their images carefully curated.

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