The lease on Sean’s apartment in Cavan ran out at the end of May last year, and he moved back in with us. Around the same time he got a part-time job as a photographer with the Cavan Post, a weekly newspaper based in Cavan town. There were quite a few applicants for the job, but Sean did an interview with the editor and must have made an impression – he certainly had plenty of good work to show.
This weekend last year (a bank holiday weekend in Ireland) was Sean’s first in his new job. His brief was to attend the Killinkere Jamboree and various social events and Gaelic football matches, and take photographs suitable for use in the paper.
Pauline devoted much of her weekend to driving him hither and thither, and he took plenty of photos, including the ones above of the Saw Doctors – a well-known Irish rock band. The editor was pleased with them, and some were used in what proved to be the final edition of the Cavan Post.
While watching the television news a few days after Sean’s photographic bank-holiday splurge, we learned that the Cavan Post, along with several of its sister newspapers around the country, was to close immediately. This was very bad luck for Sean, who had planned to take driving lessons and make the most of the job. His social as well as his photographic skills made it a very suitable line of work for him.
As it turned out, he never even got paid for his one and only weekend as a professional photographer.