Palestine photos by Riverdance founder

By Maria Pepper

John McColgan with Trócaire Executive Director Éamonn Meehan at the launch of 'This is Palestine', a photographic exhibition of McColgan's work in association with Trócaire.
John McColgan with Trócaire Executive Director Éamonn Meehan at the launch of 'This is Palestine', a photographic exhibition of McColgan's work in association with Trócaire.

Riverdance founder John McColgan who grew up in Tombrack, Ferns hosted an exhibition of photographs entitled 'This is Palestine' at Greenacres Gallery in Selskar, Wexford.

The exhibition featuring photos taken in Gaza and the West Bank last year was held in support of the work carried out by Trócaire in the region.

McColgan said he was delighted to bring the exhibition to the county where he spent his childhood between the ages of four and 12. 'I have so many happy memories of growing up in the county and I always enjoy coming back here,' he said.

He travelled with Trócaire to document communities who endure military occupation and took striking images of Palestinian families, farmers, fisherman as well as a rabbi and ex-solder who are critical of the occupation and economic blockade endured by people in the area.

McColgan said it was a real pleasure to work with Trócaire to help raise awareness of the situation facing people in Palestine. ' A lot of the photographs I did were people looking directly into the camera lens. The stoicism and dignity of the people as they recounted the abuse and horror they had suffered. It really affected me'.

Eamonn Meehan, Executive Director of Trócaire said Trócaire is launching a new project in Gaza aimed at supporting women and need to raise €100,000 to run it.

He spoke of the generosity of Wexford people towards the work of Trócaire, singling out the €191,000 raised in the county in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake in 2015 by a committee headed by Riverchapel parish priest Fr. Tom Dalton.

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