I have just received notification of the recent death (on August 16, 2008) of Ciaran Earley, O.M.I., author of the message that began this particular "thread". Ciaran was an Oblate priest in Dublin, who used photographs to bring people together in "the Irelands" and in his work serving his "faith community".
I have very little information, other than that his passing was peaceful (he was found sitting at his kitchen table), and that he was a dear and much-loved friend and teacher to many, including myself -- though we never managed to meet in person....
If people want more information, please feel free to contact me privately (at: email@example.com ) -- and I will share whatever additional details I glean in my attempts to find out more about the passing of this amazing dear man...
Below is a copy of the paragraph he submitted to the "Who is Doing What, Where" page of this "PhotoTherapy Techniques" website.
The original can be found at:
Ciaran Earley, O.M.I., Dublin, Ireland [now deceased], worked "in the areas of adult and community education, from a faith perspective, in places usually called marginalized, underprivileged, disadvantaged, etc." His group published a resource called "PhotoSpeak", a package of 74 black and white photos used in community education and development -- for example, as a focus for dialogue to lessen tensions between the "sides" in Ireland, by finding, and then sharing discussion about, photos that most represent to them "the condition of Ireland today". He stated, "We don't do therapy, but rather work for social transformation -- photos as expressive of generative themes in people's personal, social and cultural lives"...
Submitted in his honor, and in fond memory,
Judy Weiser, Director, PhotoTherapy Centre
Administrator of this Discussion Group Board
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