Riona Mac Monagle
Brief Biography

Riona Mac Monagle was born in Killarney, Co. Kerry. She was educated in the Presentation Convent, Killarney, and the Ursuline Convent, Blackrock, Cork. Riona comes from a long line of photographers and for three generations the name Mac Monagle has been synonymous with photography in the Kerry area. Her grandfather, Daniel Mac Monagle, was one of the first photographers in Kerry and his sons became involved in printing, photography and journalism.

Riona began her career in photo- journalism having her work published in both local and national newspapers. She also began doing magazines and commercial work. In 1998, she opened her own gallery in Killorglin, Co. Kerry, where she began selling her own work which included landscapes, portraits and black and white photography.

Following a request from a friend to photograph his sister’s wedding, Riona became involved through popular demand in wedding photography. She soon discovered that she had a natural flair for this type of work which combined her talent as a photographer with her enthusiasm for working with people.

Riona brings her own individual style to her work and she likes to marry both the conventional and the unconventional to produce a unique record of the most important day for the bride and groom. Samples of Riona’s work can be viewed in gallery.

Riona is married and lives in Beaufort, Co. Kerry, with her husband, Paddy, and their two children, Hannah and Lorca.