Dubliners: Meet Ryan, on a mission to celebrate Dublin’s love of football

by Dublin Gazette
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This week in Dubliners, we chat to Tinahely native Ryan McTernan, who loves spending his time photographing the capital’s landscape in between going to matches in Dalymount Park and running his new website.

“My first real connection to Dublin was when I started college in IADT Dun Laoghaire in 2011.

I was studying English, Media and Cultural Studies, and it was my first real exposure to the capital and the vibrancy I never knew it had; which was amplified, given it was an art college!

I was commuting from Wicklow for the first year, and then lived in Bray for the three remaining years, then in 2016 I moved to Blackrock.

I’ve pretty much been in Dublin for the past nine years in some capacity so it’s a second home, but no Wicklow.

I’ve always loved the vast scenery Dublin offers. From Killiney Hill to Dun Laoghaire pier, as well as the rugged graffiti of the inner city and architecture, it always feels like you’re just a turn off a road into something different.

I just launched [the website] Not For Astro, www.notforastro.com, which focuses on football, fashion and photography so that was a huge personal achievement.

In general, I just want to have fun with it and enjoy taking pictures.

I’ve written a lot about football in the past, and I wanted to get back into creating something I loved.

It’s grown from the original idea of just football shirts, as now I want to capture the Irish football scene in all its glory.

Dublin has so much diversity, it’s hard not to get inspired. The people are so intriguing, that when-ever I’ve taken my camera to Dalymount Park or Richmond Park, there’s always something happening.

The League of Ireland Chronicles is focused on attempting to capture some of the magic of being at a football match on a Friday evening.

It’s a long-term project, and hopefully it drives more people to visit their local football team and get involved because it’s such a wonderful thing to be a part of.

I know people might give stick about supporting either local teams and non-local – primarily English – teams, but football is still a huge part of Dublin’s culture.

Fashion-wise, I think Dubliners generally have it sussed. You can see it in things like athletic stores [becoming popular], athleisure wear becoming a central part of youth culture again.

Mind you, I still see fellow boggers like myself wearing brown work shoes with their local GAA team’s training top. Bit of work to do yet!

I want to showcase football shirts as everyday fashion items; not something you throw on heading to the gym or the pub for a game.

I’ve always loved football kits since I was a kid, and I still appreciate the colours and designs so many jerseys have.

There’s a huge love of football shirts online, and I’ve had messages saying people love what we’re doing, and that they’ve got ideas from the content to wear jerseys on their own.

There isn’t any other sport that captures my heart like football does.

I’d like to think that life will take me outside of Ireland for some time, and if that happens, I’ll explore the football scene of that city or country.

Until then, it’s trips to Phibsborough for a scalding cup of tea and a Twix!”

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