Thanks to Facebook and a few phonecalls, it was easy to get the word out to local photographers and I was mighty pleased and relieved when two dozen photographers turned up at St Helena's Park on Saturday morning. I was also grateful that it wasn't raining and if anything, the sun was too bright, having burnt off the early morning mist.
We explored the pretty park, looking for autumn colour, walked along the banks of the mirror-like Castletown River, while some lucky folks got a trip in a fishing boat.
For me, the highlight was visiting St Nicholas Parish Church, known locally as The Green Church, which was open for the Harvest Festival celebrations. Light filled this beautiful 900 year old church and Rev Sandra Pragnall, who is soon departing Dundalk to take up a new appointment as Rector of Limerick Cathedral, welcomed the visiting photographers.
After that it was time for lunch to chat, compare photos and rejoice in new friendships.