Capturing the soul of the Red Hand County
Club Tyrone’s eye-catching ‘Many Hands, One County’ social media campaign ahead of this year’s All-ireland final is the brainchild of Fehin Quinn of Nine874 Creative.
With evocative photographic portraits of stakeholders in the county’s football, ranging from popular figures in Mickey Harte and Brian Dooher to lesser known volunteers, it was an attempt byquinn to illustrate just who and what is put into making Tyrone football a success.
“It was never meant to be just the official Tyrone County GAA PR,” he says. “I have always been more interested in the holistic identity and community that the GAA as a whole builds, be that at club, parish, county, province, or national level. To me, it’s about more than the games, the culture, or the language.
“It’s about our friends and neighbours. This campaign has a life of its own, its timing is fortuitous, coming online for the senior finals (men and ladies), but we know that it will continue for a long time to come, as there are many hands in this county.
“The idea for this campaign came to me quite some time ago when I was working on a pet project, where I’ve been documenting and photographing the 1986 panel, its backroom staff and all those who supported the team on and off the pitch. Some of those shots have allowed me to pitch the idea to Club Tyrone & Tyrone GAA,” said Quinn. — John Fogarty