The Howth Photographic Club was founded in Howth in the Summer of 1995. The club was founded under an initiative by Fingal County Council. Meetings were held in the Howth Library and continued there every second Wednesday with John OReilly as chairman and Kay O'Reilly as treasurer. Membership was small and meetings were very informal. Soon the Library was considered too small to accommodate a growing club and meetings were moved firstly to The Baily Hotel and then to Juverna home of member Eileen Cooke and finally to its present home in the Old Courthouse.
The Clubs first exhibition of members photographs was held in 1997 in the Old Courthouse Harbour Road Howth and the Club has continued to exhibit here since. As well as this annual Summer exhibition the club now hold Spring and Autumn exhibitions in Baldoyle Library and participate annually in the "Peoples Photography" exhibition in St. Stephens Green.
In conjuction with the Annual Summer exhibition the club host an open photography competition "the Spirit of Howth" sponsored by local pharmacist Charlie McDermot. Members of the public are invited to visit Howth and to enter photographs of all aspect of Howth life including people, places, culture and heritage.
The aim of the club is to foster members enjoyment of photography and to help increase their skills by tutorials and field trips.
The Club is currently open for membership and further details are available by emailing email@example.com