SNAPSHOTS: Have you entered our fantastic Donegal readers' photo competition yet?

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Readers of and our associated newspaper titles are invited to send us their favourite old photographs for our Snapshots series.

Journalist Siobhán McNamara has been going through our newspaper archives to select a range of photographs that resonated with her. She wasn't expecting to come across one of herself, nor did she expect that it would stir so many memories.

Is this where my career in writing began?

Browsing through some old editions of the  Donegal Democrat, I was surprised to come across a photograph of myself, writes Siobhán McNamara.  

The occasion was a prize-giving ceremony for the Bank of Ireland primary school essay competition 1985/'86.

As far as I remember, the  theme was 'Money Makes The World Go Round.'

I was a Sixth Class pupil at Ballydevitt NS at the time and was thrilled to win. I still have the trophy.

It would be many years before I saw writing as anything more than something that had to be done at school. And indeed, many more years before I realised not only that I loved to write, but that I could do it for a living.

Looking back at this photo now, I have no doubt that winning this competition planted a seed of confidence. It may have taken a long time to grow, but it has stood me well.

I don't really know why I was so surprised to see this photo in an old newspaper. After all, it was carefully cut out from the paper at the time and treasured by my late mother.

Thinking of that clipping reminded me of living abroad in the early 1990s. Rather than wasting money (her words!) by  sending me the whole Democrat, my mother would cut out anything she thought might be of interest. Her monthly envelope of clippings were a great link with home, with the court cases often being particularly entertaining. 

Little did I know back then that the day would come when I would be the person writing those stories.

Snapshots - Get involved

We have all become used to scrolling through the galleries of photos on our smartphones but what about those much-loved print photographs stashed away in the attic,  in a box under the bed or in that “miscellaneous” drawer in the kitchen? 

 Are they destined to be forgotten forever in the digital age?

Well, it’s time to dig them out and show them some love.

We want readers to take a photo of those much-loved print photos and send them to us.  

Whether it was taken a few years ago on an instant camera or a few decades ago, we want the photo that stands out for you. 

It can be from a social event, a landscape shot, a funny pic or even a holiday snap - we want them all. Yes, even those dodgy “look at the state of my hair” debs photos!

Send us your photos

We want you to dust off the golden oldies, take a picture of your old picture and email it to us. 

We will feature your pictures in both our print and online editions.  In addition to running your images on and our social media pages we will also carry two pages of your images every week in the Donegal Post, Donegal Democrat and Inish Times.


We will run a poll every week on  and our weekly online readers can vote for their favourite image of the week. Two winners will go forward every week, leaving six of our readers' images going forward to the grand finale with a chance to win our amazing prize package. 

The overall winner as voted by the public will win the  fantastic prize.

To enter, all you have to do is send your photos to and we will do the rest! 

Don’t delay!

If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Donegal Live editorial team any time. To contact Donegal Democrat and Donegal People's Press, email To contact Donegal Post, email To contact Inish Times, email

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