John Joseph "Rinty" Monaghan (21 August 1918 – 3 March 1984) was a world flyweight boxing champion from Belfast. He became famous in the post-war period, eventually rising to become undisputed world champion and a hero to many people in his home city of Belfast.
Belfast City Council erected a statue to Monaghan at Cathedral Gardens on 20 August 2015. The 10 foot high bronze statue on a granite plinth was designed by Alan Beattie Herriot and features Monaghan holding a microphone and singing "When Irish Eyes are Smiling"
On my second day in Belfast I decided to try my brand new 15mm Voigtlander lens and things started well but after a few hours of rain something went wrong and the lens started giving problems and this impacted badly on the quality of the resulting photographs. I do not know if the camera or the lens was the problem but on switching lenses the next morning all was well. A few weeks later I used the Voigtlander again and the results were top class.
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