Grim, and bear it

Ciarán Óg Arnold took his camera to the pubs of his native place, Ballinasloe. His grainy and unsettling record of relentless drinking, messy encounters and vicious brawls is not about the people, he says. It’s about himself.

5th July, 2015
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Ciarán Óg Arnold

People in small towns can’t afford to make enemies. Towns like Ballinasloe, Co Galway, where Ciarán Óg Arnold grew up and to where he returned, jobless when the recession was left to leak un-cauterised through small-town Ireland. For the next six years, Arnold was both in love with Ballinasloe, and drowning there.

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