The 100 TO ONE project

Monday, 3 August, 2015
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The 100 TO ONE Project is an Arts endeavour undertaken by a collaboration of three Galway based photographers  - Ian McDonald, Enda O’Loughlin, Bill Barry and journalist Caroline Wheelan.

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To commemorate 100 years since the Easter Rising of 1916 a Galway group are taking a somewhat different angle by celebrating how Galway County has progressed through its people.

The project is to photograph one person with a Galway connection born in every year from 1916 to the present day. This will result in a final 100 black and white  portraits. The subjects chosen will be ‘inclusive’ and will represent origin, ethnicity, gender and location.  It will include some well known people involved in sports, business, media, the arts/heritage etc., but in general it will be those who have made an unnoticed contribution to their local community or even within their family group. The totality of their input has contributed to the many changes which have taken place in our county over the past hundred years.

A high quality hardback book of these photographs will be published with a short profile of each subject.  Included also will be some interesting Galway, National and International facts about each of the previous 100 years.  A bi-lingual aspect to the publication will reflect the county’s role in retaining and promoting the Irish language over the years.

The aim of the project is to highlight the fact that the Easter Rising was not just a single event but that it was A BEGINNING.                           

People make things happen – not events!

The photographs will be exhibited in the Galway City Museum Gallery from January next until the end of April and will then be moved to other parts of the county for the remaining of the commemoration year.

If you were born in County Galway in any of the following years, and believe your story would be relevant to this book, we would love to hear from you :  1924 - 1928  - 1963 - 1984.  Please email Laura Colleran at and we will get back to you.