Four sets of friends from Cork have been celebrating their friendship after having their photographs named as a finalist in the search for Ireland’s Greatest Friendship competition.
Ken Keating’s photo of his father Victor Keating and friend Tom Hofford; Noreen Lynch’s photo of herself and best friend, Noreen Kelleher; Angie Benhaffaf’s photo of her sons, Hassan and Hussein and Cindy Kingston’s photo of herself and best friend Nicola Dunphy were all named as finalists in the competition sponsored by Fishermen's Friends.
Following a nationwide search, individuals from across Ireland were encouraged to share photos that capture their friendships and provide a short description of what it means to them.
The winner of Ireland’s Greatest Friendship was Claire Duffy from Wicklow.
Out of hundreds of entries, these friendships from Cork captured the hearts of the judges, which included Editor of Irish Country Living, Amii McKeever; Fellow of the Irish Photographic Federation (FIPF) and Dublin Camera Club member, Gerry Andrews and Jon White, Area Business Manager, Fisherman’s Friend.
Speaking at the event, Jon White, Area Business Manager of Fisherman’s Friend commented: “Strength is a cornerstone of what the Fisherman’s Friend brand stands for and we believe that there is strength in friendship, and that friendship should be celebrated and recognised. Often people are so busy building and getting on with ‘life’, that they rarely seek to recognise the support or give recognition to a close friend.
“It has been a privilege to judge this competition, in partnership with the Irish Farmer’s Journal, and to celebrate and recognise Ireland’s Greatest Friendships. The quantity and quality of the entries was very impressive, depicting an incredible diversity and range of interpretations of friendship and what it means to people from across Ireland. Judging from our finalists, there are some strong friendships in Cork and these photos stood out for all the judges and were very worthy finalists.”