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Dennis gives reader a bird's eye view of life

December 5th, 2015 7:20 AM

By Jackie Keogh

Pat Kenny with Dennis Horgan at the launch of his latest book. (Photo: John T Ohle)

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With his first book Cork – The View From Above, Dennis Horgan showed he is an aerial photographer of exceptional talent.

With his second, Dennis has turned his lens on Dublin and given us a bird’s-eye view of the well-known buildings, streets and monuments, as well as the suburbs and countryside, around our capital.

Broadcaster Pat Kenny launched Dublin – The View From Above in the stylish House Dublin recently and also wrote the foreword to this beautiful new book that has over 250 stunning pictures including all the iconic landmarks.

Pat Kenny said: ‘Viewing Dublin from above ... is a wonderful experience that gives us an understanding of how the city works.’ He said it makes sense of the streets and the squares and exposes hidden beauties.

‘Modern buildings sit sometimes uncomfortably beside the old imperial heart of the city, but somehow this reassures us that this generation is also making its mark and we are not a city set in aspic.’

Dennis, a former auctioneer, is happy to be combining his twin lifelong interests – photography and aviation. He also enjoys dividing his time between Cork city and his holiday home in the beautiful Glandore.

He told The Southern Star he loved spending time in West Cork because ‘it is extremely scenic and is unrivalled in terms of its coastal beauty.’

Having made a lot of friends in the area, Dennis said: ‘I like the spirit of the people and the place and I have a particular fondness for Skibbereen.’

Stunning images of West Cork feature prominently in Dennis’s first book but the photographs in both books have an arresting quality because they come from a rarely seen and often unusual perspective.

Dennis explained that he flew in both helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft, usually with a door removed to get clearer shots and unobstructed camera angles. Small wonder, then, that the images are so surprising – I mean, who knew there were rooftop swimming pools in the Dublin docks?

Dublin – The View from Above is published by The Collins Press, priced €24.99. It is available from all good bookshops and online from collinspress.ie.

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