Print edition cover

When the lockdown radius was extended from two kilometres to five, mine ended right at the gates of Stephen’s Green. On my first walk to the town centre in months, I noticed a conspicuous lack of horse-drawn carriages at the green, and I began thinking about just how dependent the drivers are on tourism to make a living.

This thought eventually led me to contact Paddy Harris, which was when I heard that the pandemic is just one of several difficulties he is facing in maintaining his livelihood. As a fixture in the city’s identity, and a living part of its history, I felt that the current situation that carriage drivers are facing was worth documenting, telling their story through Paddy.

I am a documentary photographer and photojournalist based in Dublin, and you can reach me through my website,, or Instagram @hughjquigley. My latest book, Hospes, which documents the 2018 visit of Pope Francis to Phoenix Park, can be bought from The Library Project,

Filed under:


Hugh Quigley: Hugh Quigley is a Dublin-based freelance documentary photographer and photojournalist, who grew up in rural Tipperary. His work focuses on humanity’s attempts to control, utilize, and co-exist with the natural world. He has published two photobooks, Laws of the Leash and Hospes.

Understand your city

We do in-depth, original reporting about the issues that shape Dublin. We're not funded by advertisers. We're funded by readers like you.