Over the last 16 years the photography learners at Limerick College of Further Education have embarked on an annual tour, traveling to locations such as Italy, Spain, Morocco, and North America.
This year they travelled to the Carribean Island of Cuba with tutors Eoin McCarthy and Dan Kenny. Learners were given a once in a lifetime opportunity to photograph and document a culture on the cusp of change.
The work produced from this trip will be publicly displayed at the 16th Annual Photographic Exhibition, in Limerick City towards the end of the academic year, May 2017.
LCFE’s Cuban trip coincided with President Higgins’ visit to Cuba and one LCFE Learner and LCFE Tutor were invited to attend President Higgins’ keynote address to the SILAS conference at Colegio Universitario San Gerónimo.
President Higgins is patron of the Society for Irish Latin American Studies (SILAS) which held its biennial conference in Havana from 16-18 February in partnership with the Office of the City Historian, the University of Havana (Colegio Universitario San Gerónimo) and the Palacio Segundo Cabo.
Commenting on this year’s tour, Eoin McCarthy, LCFE Photography Department, said: “Organising a tour like this requires a huge commitment on the part of the learners and the teaching staff at the College. Following the tour we are looking forward to giving members of the public the opportunity to view photographic work of the highest calibre, produced by the photographic learners, who only began to study photography full time in September 2016.”