About Me

Gerry Andrews, who lives in Rathmichael Co Dublin, was born in Wolfe Tone Street Limerick in 1952. He was educated at the Model School and St Munchin’s College, Co Limerick.

Gerry served his time as a Process Engraver at the Limerick Leader and was appointed Works Manager at the company in 1981. His interest in photography started as a nineteen year old while working in the Limerick Leader. The photographs in his current exhibition were taken from the period 1971 to 1978. Gerry gave up photography in 1980 to concentrate on his career. Gerry moved to Dublin with his family in 1985 to work as a manager of a print firm. He subsequently built one of the Ireland’s largest and most respected printing firms, employing over one hundred people. He sold the business in 2006. Gerry is a former President of the Irish Printing Federation, served on the National Apprentice Advisory Council, the IBEC National Executive Council and was the founder of the Irish Print & Packaging Forum. He was appointed Director of the Print & Packaging Forum in 2007 and served in that position for four years. Gerry was inducted into the Printing Industry Hall of Fame in 2010 for his service to industry. He is a member of the Employment Appeals Tribunal.

Gerry returned to photography after the death of his wife, June, in 2004. Since returning to photography, Gerry has travelled extensively throughout Europe, South East Asia, South America, Africa and Cuba. In 2011 he spent a period of time making a photographic record of the vanishing tribes in the Omo Valley in Ethiopia and this work was subsequently featured in a profile of him on RTE television.

Gerry has a specific interest in Photojournalism and Social Documentary photography and in 2012 he was awarded a Fellowship by the Irish Photographic Federation for his work in this genre. Later that year, he was awarded an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society for his work in Burma and in 2013 he was awarded an AFIAP by the Federation Internationale de L’Art Photographique.

Gerry was also nominated for the Limerick Person of the Year award in 2012. He has won numerous national and international awards for his photography and his work has been displayed in over fifty countries worldwide. He is a regular guest lecturer at Camera Clubs throughout the country.

Gerry’s photographs of the Milk Market and Limerick in the 1970’s have received worldwide interest and acclaim. The Hunt Museum invited him to display these images as their premier 2012 Summer Exhibition. The show, which ran for four months, attracted record numbers to the Museum and was extended by popular demand. The success of that Exhibition has led to the publication of his award winning book Shaped by History.

Gerry is currently undergoing treatment for a rare blood cancer which was diagnosed in August last year. His third one-man show is currently being exhibited at the National Photographic Archive in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar until January 2015.

I became interested in Photography in the early 70s while working with the Limerick Leader Newspaper.

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35 replies
  1. Kevin Byrne
    Kevin Byrne says:

    Hi Gerry, about time you shared these! Great shots. Love the one of the Garda especially. Best of luck. Kevin

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  2. Des McCullough
    Des McCullough says:

    Hi Gerry,

    Took some time out over the weekend to flick through the Limerick & Ireland photo’s from the 70’s.
    Some of the photos are amazing. All the better for been in black & white. Best of luck with the website.

    Des

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  3. Johnny O'Hanlon
    Johnny O'Hanlon says:

    Hi Gerry,
    Well done, a fascinating web site and marvellous photography. Wishing you every success and loads of excitement in the future.
    Regards,
    Johnny

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  4. Christy Linehan
    Christy Linehan says:

    Hi Gerry, I read the article in Limerick Leader and had to visit your site.
    It absolutely fantastic and must have been wonderful to see all those places.I wish you the best of luck and continued success.
    Kind regards Christy (Old Neighbour)

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  5. Louis O'Donoghue
    Louis O'Donoghue says:

    Gerry,

    This is great …We hope to spend more time going back over the pictures again. Heading into Easons to buy the Limerick Leader.

    Louis and Mary Rose

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  6. Brian Blaney
    Brian Blaney says:

    Hello Gerry,
    A great selection of images kick-starting memories stored in the grey matter but nearly forgotten about. Stops you in your tracks. Wonderful. Inspired the following:

    A lifetime, still,
    Capturing stills of lifetimes
    Silent, introverted glances snapped
    In windows, framed unnoticed

    Within, captured from without,
    Across the plane of two existences
    Pensive, inaudible clicks,
    Capture

    Translucent, the spectral form is boxed
    In time the body too will follow
    For now the sliver clipped
    Is of no consequence but,
    In time, all that remains

    – Brian Blaney
    (9/7/2011)

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  7. David
    David says:

    Hi Gerry,

    I read the article in the leader the week end and was blown away. I am a photographer myself and find your images inspiring!
    I have only a selection of the site viewed but am already a fan.
    best of luck in the future and I look forward to enjoying more of your great images.

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  8. Sylvia McCloskey
    Sylvia McCloskey says:

    Hi Gerry, great to see you are back in action. Loved the photos from the milkmarket, brought back loads of memories of going there and looking at the baby chicks etc.. look forward to keeping up with your new adventures. best of luck.
    Sylvia ( old neighbour from wolfe tone street)

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  9. tim kerley
    tim kerley says:

    hi gerry

    i was a printer with the treaty press loved your old photos of the milk market am very interested in old limerick

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  10. John A O'Sullivan
    John A O'Sullivan says:

    Well done, Gerry. Remember you from Munchins College long ago. You had the spark then, glad to see you’ve kept the flame alive and burning brightly.

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  11. Dermot Stanley
    Dermot Stanley says:

    Have just found your site so only looked through a sample of your work. Really beautiful photos, left home in 1974. Brings back so many memories

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  12. Edel
    Edel says:

    Hi Gerry
    Your photographs are works of art, a pleasure to view and moving. Being from Limerick I really loved your photographs from the 70’s and how you captured what was real poverty but real community back then. My granduncle had a stall in the market back then and it was really interesting to see what he would have seen while there.
    Keep up the fantastic work!

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  13. Terry Connely
    Terry Connely says:

    Your work makes me want to know more about the people and their stories. So many wonderful faces! It brings the world closer to me. This is the kind of work I am striving for myself, you are an inspiration. I would so love to know more about your process. What equipment do you use, how do you process. How do you go about approaching the people you meet and photograph? I so greatly admire the honesty you achieve.

    Terry Connelly

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  14. Eugene Geary
    Eugene Geary says:

    Hi Gerry congrats on a brilliant site.Your photographs do take me back not only to old limerick but all those evenings in the basement of o’connell st where the old Limerick Camera Club met and that is where I would have seen a lot of those old photographs.You did give me some at the time but god only knows whre they went.One I do remember was of Gaberial Hanigan along witgh three others in a lane way which may have been off catherine st,maybe you might include it in the future on your site.Unfortunately I dincontinued the photography but I do remember you teaching me the art of shading in the dark room of your job in limerick all the best in the future Eugene Geary

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  15. Walter Browne
    Walter Browne says:

    Gerry,
    Congratulations on such a creative website. As with all you have touched in life this website and the selection of photos does not suprise me. The very best of luck with future endevours.
    Walter

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  16. Cormac Leonard
    Cormac Leonard says:

    As a fellow Limerick man and as a professional within the photography business I understand your images of Ireland and of the Milk Market to be spellbinding.

    The sense of being there is tangible in every image and the history of the Limerick we loved and love is more clearly evident than anything I have seen before.

    My own Grandmother (Elizibeth Mc Namara nee Quilligan) was indeed a member of that precious community and you have rekindled all that is important to me with these images.

    Respectfully
    Cormac T. Leonard

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  17. Melanie
    Melanie says:

    Inspiring and brilliantly presented. Gerry you are a very modest and extraordinarly talented fellow hillwalker. Will enjoy visiting and revisiting this site.

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  18. Gerry McEvoy
    Gerry McEvoy says:

    Your images are both stunning and evocative. The 1970’s pictures remind me of the Ireland I knew at that time. A stark reminder of the the tough times that showed on the faces of the people. I participated in the Ireland V Greece competition in the shot put so it was nice to see pictures of that venue. I discovered my passion for photography in 2007 and I recognize the outstanding quality and unique orientation of your work.

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  19. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    Thanks for coming along to Limerick Camera Club last night – it was fascinating to hear the stories behind the photographs and to see your stunning prints. It was a very enjoyable night. I’m looking forward to seeing the results of your adventure in Cuba!

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  20. Marie Neville
    Marie Neville says:

    Gerry,

    Just a quick note to thank you so much for your presentation at our club tonight. It was great to see your work. Particularly your portrait work which I really admire.

    I also enjoyed your work in relation to the Limerick Market.
    My Dad was from Limerick and I have family there, so it was lovely to see.

    Best of luck with your upcoming exhibition in the Hunt Museum.

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  21. Hazel Coffey
    Hazel Coffey says:

    Very much looking forward to seeing your exhibition in the Hunt. The evening at Limerick Camera Club was a revelation. So recent a time, so irrevocably gone, yet people and atmosphere are alive in these most beautiful portraits. I came away thinking that these are not just superb prints, and this is not just skilled craft — this is someone with a real instinct for photography!

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  22. Ina
    Ina says:

    Gerry,
    Amazing work thank you for sharing your story, your loss and your come back. I love your BnW’s!
    Mahalo (thank you),
    Ina

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  23. Noel Mulcair
    Noel Mulcair says:

    Hi Gerry,
    Beautiful shots, very creative yet heartfelt, I’m looking forward to seeing your BnW’s in the Hunt muesem this weekend of Limerick past. Best of luck..

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  24. Tom Cronin
    Tom Cronin says:

    I went to see your exhibition in The Hunt Museum today Gerry, wonderful work. What marvellous characters you captured from that era.

    I’d love to see some images of Wolfe Tone Street if you have any. I still have great memories of the stamp collecting and the Airfix Models Gerry!

    Good luck with your future projects.

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  25. Willie O' Shaughnessy ( Shann )
    Willie O' Shaughnessy ( Shann ) says:

    Hi Gerry. Excellent exhibition. Truely brilliant viewing. Keep up the excellent work. I missed you today to say hello from all The O’ Shaughnessy’s ( you might know us better as Shann )

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  26. frank o'shea
    frank o'shea says:

    Hi Gerry,

    Thanks again for the course on photography for beginners today at The Hunt.
    I know I am better enabled following your very ‘professional’ direction.
    Your informative approach is a real eye opener.

    Thank you.

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  27. Padraig Culbert
    Padraig Culbert says:

    As a professional photographer I constantly look out the odd image that inspires me to go further, to seek out even better shots. Mostly I find one every now and then.

    Your entire collection is just amazing. You have the key ability – an eye for something really worth a great photograph, whether it is a dog sitting on a wall in Limerick, or a man standing beside a car in Cuba. I am in complete awe of your ability as a photographer.

    Kind regards

    Padraig

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  28. Hans Smits
    Hans Smits says:

    Hello Gerry
    Just to say how much I enjoyed your talk at Celbridge camera club this evening on your photos of the 70’s in Limerick. Work of quality!
    Thanks..Hans

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  29. Steve Tucker
    Steve Tucker says:

    Hi Gerry

    It was good to meet you in the Lakes and I hope you got a few decent shots out of it. You have a great website and some fantastic imagery here, you kept that quiet.
    The book is a great read by the way, I hope it does well.

    Best regards
    Steve

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