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"The idea for the book was to try and show a side to people that you might not be aware of"

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Liam Cunningham at Mondello Park.

Liam Cunningham at Mondello Park.

Helen Wogan enjoys painting.

Helen Wogan enjoys painting.

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Liam Cunningham at Mondello Park.

Top Irish photographer Dominic Lee lived his dream life by turning his hobby into a job he loved.

Super snapper Dominic then retired from business after more than 30 years running Priory Studios in Dublin's Stillorgan - but his passion for photography still lives on as his hobby.

Before the pandemic, Dominic shot a photo series featuring more than 100 people from all walks of life enjoying personal pursuits outside their work.

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Miriam O’Callaghan likes to play piano in her spare time.

Miriam O’Callaghan likes to play piano in her spare time.

Miriam O’Callaghan likes to play piano in her spare time.

From Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood to Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham and Prime Time's Miriam O'Callaghan, Dominic slipped behind their public persona to snap them enjoying their hobbies and leisure activities.

All the stunning photographs have been collated in a beautiful hardback book called Out Of Your Tree 3 that is now available to purchase, with all proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Ireland, a charity that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

"The idea for the book was to try and show a side to people that you might not be aware of," Dominic tells the Sunday World.

"It was a surprise to see what the people who are featured in the book do in their spare time."

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Linda Martin spends her time with her beloved dogs.

Linda Martin spends her time with her beloved dogs.

Linda Martin spends her time with her beloved dogs.

 

Throughout his career, Dominic had worked with numerous high-profile people at corporate and private events, in addition to his regular work as a wedding photographer and shooting family portraits.

When it came to working on his series of books, he had an extensive contact list to draw on. For book one, Lee combined photography with his love of travel - he's been to 50 countries - to picture Richard Branson kite surfing, spending a week with him on Necker Island.

This book was inspired by a photograph of Ronnie Wood with his back to the camera admiring a sculpture of the artist William Orpen when it was unveiled in Stillorgan back in 2018.

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"Ronnie's hobby is collecting art and he's a big fan of the works of William Orpen," Dominic explains.

"I've known Ronnie going back to the 1980s through my work as a photographer. I'm not trying to imply that we're mates, but I've photographed him over the years at functions and private parties and he was delighted to be involved in the Orpen unveiling."

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Noel V Ginnity has a lifelong love of cycling.

Noel V Ginnity has a lifelong love of cycling.

Noel V Ginnity has a lifelong love of cycling.

 

Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham, who played Davos Seaworth, recharges his batteries by attending Formula 1 races. Cunningham is pictured at Mondello Park in Naas with a Jordan EJ14. "Liam had a ball in Mondello when we were doing the shoot and took another car for a spin around the circuit afterwards," Dominic says.

Singer Brian Kennedy swaps his microphone for a hammer and other tools to take on DIY work at his residence during his spare time. Kennedy is pictured in his stunning Dublin home.

Miriam O'Callaghan is best known for grilling politicians on RTÉ's Prime Time, but she's also the life and soul of any party, especially when there's a piano in the room.

He may be a social media star, but personality James Kavanagh loves the old school practice of keeping scrapbooks, and he's a collector of candleabras.

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Brian Kennedy likes to indulge in DIY.

Brian Kennedy likes to indulge in DIY.

Brian Kennedy likes to indulge in DIY.

 

TV personality and hotelier Noel Cunningham reveals an unusual leisure interest - he gets a kick out of exploring graveyards.

Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick, who famously created the two-tone portrait of Che Guevara that has adorned T-shirts the world over, is a collector of comics.

"Marvel comics in my late teens inspired me to become an artist," says Jim, who also did the artwork for Thin Lizzy albums.

Amateur historian Catherine Corless, who put a spotlight on the deaths and burials of children in the Tuam Mother and Baby Home, makes model buildings from general scrap in her spare time.

She is pictured in the book with a model she made of the Tuam Workhouse.

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Artist Jim Fitzpatrick with his magazines.

Artist Jim Fitzpatrick with his magazines.

Artist Jim Fitzpatrick with his magazines.

Eurovision queen Linda Martin and singer Tommy Fleming devote their spare time to the beloved dogs in their lives.

Terry Wogan's widow, Helen Wogan, fills her time painting, while legendary comic and cabaret artist Noel V Ginnity attributes his good health and zest for performing to his lifelong passion for cycling.

At the age of 83, Noel can still be found whizzing around his neighbourhood every day.

Speaking about the Make-A-Wish Ireland charity, Dominic, who worked on the book with Vladimir Polivanov, says: "We are attracted to their simple aim to grant wishes to children aged three to 17 with life-threatening medical conditions."

  • You can purchase the book, Out Of Your Tree 3, and support the charity through the Make-A-Wish Ireland website makeawish.ie

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