Brendan’s Limerick granny to feature in National Geographic



Brendan Gleeson's study of Limerick's Giant Granny
Brendan Gleeson’s study of Limerick’s Giant Granny

A LIMERICK photographer has had his work selected for publication by the iconic National Geographic magazine.

Freelance press photographer Brendan Gleeson  from Caherdavin regularly submits work for consideration to the magazine’s web page but until now, had not had anything selected.

However a picture of the visit of the Royal de Luxe Giant Grandmother caught the attention of the magazine’s editor and the 43-year old Limerick native got an email last week informing him that the picture would be published in a coming issue.

“I was delighted. There are thousands of pictures going through that site and they chose this one,” Brendan told the Limerick Post.

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The picture – shot from the roof of the former council buildings on O’Connell Street – shows the Giant looking up at the photographer, surrounded by her ‘Lilliputians’ and the Limerick people who came out to greet her.

Brendan said that the inclusion of the picture in the magazine “is a fantastic boost. It’s not about the money – it’s the prestige,” he said.

And the good news has given Brendan a real boost to the work in hand of producing a book of pictures as part of a LEAP business acceleration LIT course he is taking part in.

“It was a picture in National Geographic years ago that got me interested in photography, Steve Mc Curry’s ‘Afghan Girl’, so I’m really thrilled to have a picture of mine featured in the same magazine,” said Brendan.