Liam Foley RIP

I have a story to tell. A story I’ve been meaning to tell for more than a year now. Many moons ago I posted the picture above. It was taken on August 28th, 2006 and posted shortly afterwards. Just over a year later Sinead Foley, niece of the man pictured above contacted me. His name was Liam Foley, and unfortunately he passed away 2 months after this photo was taken.

I was shocked at the news, but also so glad that I had this photo of her uncle; he’s relaxed, himself, enjoying a cigarette. I emailed Sinead, giving her the image to print and asked her to tell me about her uncle:

Many thanks for sending that on, it’ll be lovely to give the family.
His name was Liam Foley and he drank there and the Capwell S&S Pub in
Douglas Street. He passed away on November 1st 2006 (just 2 months
after the picture was taken) and he wasn’t sick at the time the photo
was taken. He fell ill just 5 days before he died. It was a friend of
the families that noticed this picture while surfing the Net. No he
didn’t know his photo was on the Net, something tells me he probably
didn’t know what the internet was.

Uncle Liam was 69 years of age.

May he rest in peace.

Aperture ƒ/7.1
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/200s

By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

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