Over 240 images, many of them previously unpublished, feature in a new book showcasing the work of Kerry-based photographers Padraig Kennelly and his late wife Joan. EYEWITNESS has 256 pages of rich black-and-white photo reproductions. They cover ...
the first twenty years (1953-1973) of the photographic careers of Padraig and Joan. The Kennellys covered every sort of assignment from painful tragedy to the burgeoning social scene of 1950s Ireland. The book contains stirring images including: * The moment Mossy Moore's body was found buried in a drain near Tralee in November 1958. John B. Keane claimed the mystery, still an unsolved murder, inspired his play, The Field. * Sean Bourke's triumphant arrival back to Ireland in October 1968 after springing spy George Blake from Wormwood Scrubs Prison where they had spent time. * Controversial movie star Jayne Mansfield in Tralee after her 1967 concert had been cancelled, following a campaign by Bishop of Kerry Dr Moynihan urging people not to attend. * An August 1966 unposed photograph of Aran-sweater-clad former Taoiseach, the late Charles J. Haughey, enjoying a meal of freshly-caught lobster aboard a trawler off Ballydavid. THE KENNELLY ARCHIVE The Kennellys' entire photographic collection is being painstakingly scanned, retouched and captioned as part of the Kennelly Archive Project, which began in 2006. Some of the photographs taken by Padraig and Joan Kennelly were published in magazines and newspapers throughout the world, but most have never been published. The photographic collection has been donated by the Kennelly family and Kerry's Eye to the Kennelly Archive, a newly-formed charitable foundation. All of the photo images made by Padraig and his late wife Joan are being made available through www.kennellyarchive.com. The website goes live on 29 October 2009 with 150,000 images.