Rinty Monaghan was Belfast’s first World Boxing Champion. He was the first boxer from the city to win a world boxing title becoming flyweight champion in 1948.
John Joseph Monaghan was born in 1918 and he became known as Rinty because of his love for stray dogs and after Rin Tin Tin, the famous dog actor. He had 66 fights winning 51, drawing six and losing nine.
I photographed the old lagan Footbridge a few times over the years. People had taken to putting love locks on it, like that bridge in Paris and it made for some interesting photographs.
It was only recently that I noticed that the new bridge – the official title seems to be The Lagan Weir Replacement Footbridge – was nearing completion. In fact the sign at the construction site says that work commenced in October 2014 and is due to be completed this month. I would’ve crossed bridge twice or three times a week usually but obviously not since October 2014. Time flies indeed! Continue reading “The new lagan Footbridge”
The Big Fish is a ten metre sculpture of a salmon by John Kindness at Donegal Quay, Belfast. It has been there from 1999 and is probably the most photographed object in the city. The Fish is covered in ceramic tiles with images and text depicting events in the history of Belfast.
I’m often in the area and there’s always someone there taking photographs, climbing on it or just sitting at it.
I’ve taken countless photographs over the years trying different angles – low down, high up, from the front, rear, every way I could think of but this is the first time I’ve tried a black and white image.