Minister of State Ciaran Cannon Awards Galway Students Prizes in Photography Competition in aid of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

November 14, 2017, 15:00

Minister of State Ciaran Cannon awarded Galway secondary school students with their prizes in the Yann Studios Photography ‘Capture Create Contribute Project’ in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland (ASI) at the Menlo Park Hotel in Galway on Thursday, November 9th.

The Yann Studios Photography annual Galway competition asks transition year school students from all over Galway to enter a photography competition. This year the theme was dementia and the successful photographs will be included in a calendar to raise funds for supports and services provided by the ASI in the Galway area.

From a shortlist of 24 finalists, which were all present on the night, a judging panel of the ASI and Yann Studios selected the best 12 photos which have been selected for inclusion in the calendar which will be available to purchase locally and on

The winning schools were Presentation College, Tuam; Gort Community School; Scoil Bhríde, Mercy, Tuam; Coláiste na Coiribe, Knocknacarra; Dominican College, Taylors Hill; St Raphael’s College, Loughrea; Mercy College, Woodford; and Salerno Secondary, Salthill. The overall best photograph trophy was awarded to Colaiste na Coiribe from Knocknacarra for their picture ‘Through My Eyes’.

Minister Cannon, junior minister at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and from the constituency of Galway East, announced the 12 winners and awarded them with their certificates and also presented the overall winner with the Perpetual Trophy.

Yann Studios is a Galway-based photography company established for over 60 years and the project also involved a photographer from Yann Studios giving a workshop in participating schools and also offered students an introduction to the work of the ASI in Galway and a national level.

Alan Guiomard from Yann Studios opened the event and was followed by a brief presentation by each of the student team leaders on the photograph submitted for the calendar on the subject of dementia and ASI Galway Day Care Manager Joanne Hourigan also addressed the audience.

There are currently 2,683 people who have dementia in Galway according to the latest available figures.

ASI Operations Manager for the North West Mary Callanan said:

“The Yann Studios Photography annual Galway Transition Year project asks secondary school students from all over the county to enter a competition on the theme of dementia to raise awareness and much-needed funds for supports and services provided by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland in the Galway area.

“This is a fantastic annual event that not only showcases the fantastic creative talent of transition year students in Galway, but brings the subject of dementia out of the shadows and puts a spotlight on the numerous supports and services that are available to people who have dementia and family members and carers in Galway.

“From a shortlist of 24 finalists the judging panel has now selected the best 12 photos and these photographs will be included in the 2018 calendar that will be available for people to buy in the run up to Christmas.

“I would like to encourage everyone in Galway to get behind this calendar and please buy one; it will be available to purchase locally and also on All monies raised from the sale of the 2018 calendar will go towards the provision of dementia-specific services in Galway city and county.”


The ASI provides the following services in Galway:

Day Care:
Knocknacarra Day Care Centre
Merlin Park Day Care Centre

Home Care:
Galway Home Care Service

Other Services:
Galway Support Group
Galway Dementia Adviser Service
Galway Alzheimer Cafe
Cog Club Day Service

In 2016, the ASI provided 10,657 hours of Home Care and 5,324 hours of Day Care in County
Galway. The proceeds of this fundraising event will remain in Galway for the development of locally-based services.

About Dementia:

• Since the very first Alzheimer’s Tea Day in 1994, over €7.5M has been raised to provide essential support to the 34,650 Women and 19,800 Men living with dementia in Ireland today.
• The number of people with dementia in Ireland is expected to more than double over the next 20 years, from 55,000 today to 113,000 in 2036.
• Dementia is progressive. There is currently no cure. Dementia is not simply a health issue but a social issue that requires a community response.
• Each year over 4,000 people develop dementia. That’s at least 11 people every day and anyone can get dementia - even people in their 30s/40s/50s.
• The overall cost of dementia care in Ireland is just over €1.69 billion per annum; 48% of this is attributable to family care; 43% is accounted for by residential care; formal health and social care services contribute only 9% to the total cost.
• The Alzheimer Society of Ireland National Helpline is open six days a week Monday to Friday 10am–5pm and Saturday 10am–4pm on 1800 341 341.
Figures referenced to Cahill, S. & Pierce, M. (2013) The Prevalence of Dementia in Ireland