Leaving Dublin

Photographs by David Monahan

Past Event: 26 October 2012 to 25 August 2013

'Leaving Dublin #10': Rae Green and Clay Crighton
'Leaving Dublin #10: Eleanor Rae Green and Clay Crighton, 11:02 pm, 31/08/2010 The Grand Canal, Rialto'
Photographer: David Monahan

Irish photographer David Monahan captures the courage of the current generation of Irish migrants.

Embodying the despairs, hopes, dreams, resilience, sadness and excitement of starting life in a new land is this collection of over 30 poignant night-time images depicting Irish emigrants in Dublin locations significant to them. The work of Dubliner David Monahan, these beautiful photographs make connections between Australia’s Irish heritage and the situation today – when people are again leaving Ireland for a better life somewhere.

Proudly supported by Culture Ireland.

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Dr Perry McIntyre 13 September, 2012 12:16
I will be interested to see Leaving Dublin when in Melbourne in November
Leanne Murphy 27 October, 2012 09:45
Going today, will check back later with my comments So looking forward to seeing the photos
stephen keogh 5 November, 2012 12:01
im an irish immigrant, came here in the 80's as a young lad with my parents and now that i've grown up and adopted the aussie lifestyle and accent im assumed to be one, as we know, all anglo saxon aussies have british or irish origins, so when i hear the racism regarding foreigners coming here, err, everyone besides the aboriginals are foreign, so quick to jump on color but tell an aussie that ned kelly was Iish and not australian, people become offended because they are too stupid to see they're own argument, p.o.m.e. prisoner of mother england, time for a president australia!
Margo van der Voort 5 November, 2012 16:59
Stunning photographic exhibition with images telling so much. I was shocked to find out that 86.000 Irish people had yet again left their country, mostly for economical reasons. Indeed as stated 'We are losing a whole generation here'. And while taking in the images I was singing to myself the song 'The Parting Glass' which I'm singing with my community choir. I feel for the people staying behind and fear for who's going to look after them in old age. Oh Ireland.....
Josee Breukel-Meijs 16 November, 2012 13:46
Looking forward to this exhibition! Having been in Ireland (one could swear being in Australia and especially their sense of humour so like ours) it's sure to be interesting.
Margaret Kinsella 27 November, 2012 13:24
I came here as a migrant in 1968 from an Ireland with no jobs and no future. I was a naive 19 year old. I went back in 1972 - situation in Ireland had not changed. Went to England to find the Irish were not wanted due to bombing by the IRA. Came back to Australia and life intervened with three children. Australia has been good for me. I enjoyed the exhibition enormously, will go again with my Aussie daughter. So many memories come to the fore in looking at the photos and listening to another generation speaking.
Clare 29 November, 2012 13:00
You're awesome Ma :) I tell my friends so many funny stories about my 'Irish mum' bopping to her Irish tunes while vacuuming - lots of good memories. I would love to go there to see where you grew up some day - there's always hope for that.
Helen 1 December, 2012 10:04
Fabulous exhibition - words not needed - the photos tell the story. Congratulations to David Monahan on his excellent work.
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Rhonda Adamson 13 January, 2013 22:40
What an interesting exhibition. Shows the desperate situation ion Ireland and the drain on the pool of young people who are needed to build the economy. However it appears that the Irish like other groups seem to find their way home.
Dave 19 April, 2013 02:16
I am just back from a visit to my son in Australia. He lives and works in Perth and last Sunday was his third anniversary there. During the trip I went to Melbourne for a couple of days and got to see your exhibition in the Immigration Museum. I think it is a wonderful powerful piece of work. I was not prepared for the emotional impact and left the exhibition in tears. My thoughts on leaving were that this exhibition should be compulsory viewing for all Irish politicians and also for that community of Developers and Bankers who bear so much responsibility for the plight of those who had to leave!. The comment from Michael Reid "There is nothing here for me now" starkly sums it up. Congratulations on your work.
Margo van der Voort 27 May, 2013 15:52
I dropped a few tears too Dave and I wholeheartedly agree with your compulsory viewing suggestion. Multinationals keep moving their business from country to country where ever the cheap labour is. My understanding is that many businesses closed their offices and factories in Ireland and moved them to Eastern Europe where they can reap more profits over cheap labour forces leaving huge unemployment and desperate families in their wake. It's quite obscenen and unethical i.m.o.
Marguerite lafferty 21 April, 2013 21:47
Does anyone have any pic or info ,lafferty family left Scotland 1951/52 sailed on the organza not sure of spelling
Stacey O Gara 29 April, 2013 21:27
Looking forward to going to the exhibition.. Definitely going to bring my tissues!! As a 23 year old imigrant here since feb 2011 I understand how hard it is to be so far away from Ireland and how lonely it can be but how we have made the choice we have in order to better our lives. Ireland will always be home
Deborah Blakeley 16 May, 2013 12:05
I have just interviewed David Monahan about this exciting venture between Melbourne and Dublin. To read the whole interview go to www.zoneonearts.com.au
dylan 30 May, 2013 12:59
had a nice day
Ciaran Hogan 15 July, 2013 16:46
Wonderful and powerful photos. The introductory video makes me suggest, as a one-time Dubliner, that the exhibition should be called "Leaving Dublin, you know?", with a little upward inflection on the 'know'.
Debbie Noyek from Dublin 20 July, 2013 21:09
Migrated to Oz 22 years ago. This exhibition made me realise, like nothing else, the awful tidal haemorrhaging of youth and skills from Ireland. Cold statistics are one thing, but putting actual names and faces to this mass migration had a profound impact upon me. I wish everyone who took part in this exhibition a happy and secure life, be it in Australia or home again in Ireland.