As the days get colder and the evenings darker, we are all missing the snug of a traditional Irish pub. The babble and laughs from the tables around us. The buzz of activity at the bar and the warm, comfy surroundings at the fire place as you sit drinking down a cold pint.
The cozy atmosphere of the pub makes every winter seem that bit better. The newly released The Snug Project is a charity calendar and limited edition prints sale that pays homage to the unforgettable times we've spent in the Irish pub. Featuring photographer Finn Richards’ Snugs of Ireland series, all proceeds from the sales of this calendar will go to ALONE.
Prints and calendars will be sold online HERE from Friday 20th November until Christmas. With calendars priced at €20 and limited Edition A3 Prints at €60, they make for a perfect Christmas Gift.
The Snugs of Ireland series is a photographic project by photographer Finn Richards which documents Ireland’s favourite drinking spot – the snug. “The experience of photographing these snugs was a great opportunity made possible by a commercial commission that took place a decade ago. I’ve long been a fan of a good snug, and being able to spend time slowly documenting them was such an interesting experience, and led to meaningful conversations about peoples’ favourite snugs. All of the snugs were photographed empty, which feels poignant right now as they’re all closed up. This feels like the perfect time to dust them off.”
The journey took Finn to almost every county in Ireland and the result is an extensive documentation featuring over 100 snugs. Originally commissioned over 10 years ago, this is the first time the images are available to buy!
Partnering with graphic designer Paul Guinan, the thoughtfully designed calendar features 12 images from the Snugs of Ireland series and includes the location of each snug. The calendar features serene shots of Michael Fawl's of Ennis, Garavan's of Galway, Kehoe's of Dublin, Tigh Neachtain of Galway, The Greyhound of Cork and more.
The Snug Project is led by Stills & Motion, a network of image makers and thinkers telling powerful stories through stills and motion. Founded in 2019 by photographers and filmmakers Finn Richards and Simon Walsh. Together with creative consultant, Ciana March they built a new kind of studio, one that’s centered on collaboration and creativity. more here
Project creative director, Ciana March said: “On March 15th 2020, with the full force of a global pandemic upon us, the pubs of Ireland were forced to close. Their absence has been felt by many, but none more so than those who rely on pubs for social interaction. Through The Snug Project, we want to pay homage to the snug while also highlighting its social and cultural value within the community. We chose the charity ALONE as we know social isolation has affected older people, in particular, this year.”
With nearly 3000 volunteers ALONE is a national organisation that strives to enable older people to age at home, safely and securely, for as long as they wish. They use support plans, provide a point of contact for access to health, social care, housing, transport and other arising needs using technology and other services and activities to improve physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Learn more about the incredibly work they do here.
ALONE's CEO Sean Moynihan said: “We are delighted to be selected by Stills & Motion as charity partner for The Snug Project. The Irish snug is reflective of the sense of community embrace, conversation and sharing of stories we all long for at the moment. As we approach a winter where we are spending more time alone, we must remember to check in on those around us who may be finding this loneliness all too familiar. This project is a visual reminder of the unique elements of storytelling and shared experiences the Irish culture embodies. We must not forget to continue to share those elements this Christmas.”