Michael G. O'Brien was an Irish Roman Catholic priest, a noted hurling coach and manager. Born in Innishannon, County Cork, O'Brien was ordained into the priesthood in 1958. Over the next forty-five years he ministered in both Ireland and the United Kingdom, while serving as a teacher at St. Finbarr's College and chaplain to the Irish Navy. O'Brien retired from active ministry in 2003. Concurrently with his duties as a priest, O'Brien was involved as a hurling coach at colleges, university and inter-county levels, his biggest success came with Cork, whom he steered to two All-Ireland titles, four Munster titles and one National Hurling League title. O'Brien was born in the parish of County Cork, he entered St Patrick's College and was ordained for the Diocese of Cork and Ross in the seminary chapel on 22 June 1958. He ministered in the Irish-emigrant areas of London until 1961, when he returned to his home diocese and a curacy in the parish of Blackrock, where he helped to rebuild St. Michael's Church which had burnt to the ground.
For 12 years, from 1964 to 1976, O'Brien taught at St. Finbarr's Seminary, where he was the hurling trainer for the school team, he was "at the helm as Farranferris won Dr Harty Cups in 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1974, adding All-Irelands in 1972 and 1974". A 12-year stint as chaplain at the Naval Base of Haulbowline followed before O'Brien returned to parish ministry, again in Blackrock. In 1985 he started a lengthy stay in Carrigaline where he served as curate and parish priest of Carrigaline, before retiring from active ministry in 2003. O'Brien was resident in Nazareth Home in Dromahane, he died on 14 November 2014 after a long illness. O'Brien served as the coach of the Cork senior hurling team on several occasions, guiding the team to All-Ireland titles in 1984 and 1990. Before the 1990 Munster final, Tipperary manager Babs Keating remarked "donkeys don't win derbies", which O'Brien exploited to motivate his players to victory. At club level he managed UCC to Fitzgibbon Cup titles, managed Blackrock GAA.
He helped coaching Coláiste Chríost Rí. He is not to be confused with Canon Michael O'Brien of the neighbouring Roman Catholic Diocese of Cloyne. St. Finbarr's CollegeDr. Croke Cup: 1969, 1972, 1974 Dr. Harty Cup: 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974University College CorkFitzgibbon Cup: 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991Argideen RangersCork Junior Hurling Championship: 1996BallinhassigCork Intermediate Hurling Championship: 1975, 1977BlackrockCork Senior Hurling Championship: 1985, 1999TractonCork Intermediate Hurling Championship: 1991 Cork Junior Hurling Championship: 1979CorkAll-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship: 1984, 1990 Munster Senior Hurling Championship: 1984, 1985, 1990, 1992 National Hurling League: 1992-93 All-Ireland Junior Hurling Championship: 1983 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1978, 1979 Philips Sports Manager of the Year: 1990
Ashok Kumar Aggarwal was an Indian cinematographer who worked in the South Indian film industry. In a career that spanned nearly four decades, he worked in over 125 feature films in Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi languages. Aggarwal was a member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers. Born in Allahabad to a Hindi poet, Ashok Kumar obtained a diploma in photography from the Allahabad University, his passion for cinema made him enroll for a course in motion picture photography at the Institute of Film Technology, Chennai. Upon passing out of the institute, he made his cinematic debut with the 1969 Malayalam film Janmabhoomi for which he was awarded that year's Kerala State Film Award for Best Cinematography, his association with P. N. Menon in the early 1970s cemented his place in the Malayalam film industry, he worked for other filmmakers such as Babu Nanthankode, J. D. Thottan, Bharathan, N. Sankaran Nair and Ramu Kariat, he got his break in Tamil cinema with J. Mahendran's Uthiripookkal, he was associated with Mahendran in most of his films.
Apart from several state government awards, Ashok Kumar was a recipient of the National Film Award for Best Cinematography. During his career, he directed ten feature films in Tamil and Hindi, he was married and one of his sons, Akash Aggarwal, works as a cinematographer in Tamil films. Ashok Kumar was Born in Allahabad, North-Western Provinces, British India, to Kedarnath Aggarwal, a Hindi poet, he was passionate about cinema right from his childhood despite his family not being connected to films. After obtaining a diploma in photography from the Allahabad University, he decided to join a film institute in order to pursue a career in filmmaking. Although his family was not supportive of his decision, he was allowed to go to Madras rather than Bombay, he gained an admission at the Institute of Film Technology, for a course in motion photography. At the institute, he was exposed to World cinema including that of Satyajit Ray's. After passing out of the institute, he made his debut as a cinematographer in the 1969 Malayalam film Janmabhoomi.
John Sankaramangalam, his teacher at the institute, was its director. The film was funded by Ashok Kumar along with a few of his batchmates at the institute; the film dealt with the theme of religious co-existence and won the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration at the 16th National Film Awards. 1st Kerala State Film Awards, Ashok Kumar was awarded the Best Cinematography for the film. Following that, he received several offers in Malayalam for directors such as P. N. Menon, Babu Nanthankode, J. Sasikumar, Ramu Kariat and Bharathan, his involvement with the Malayalam film industry in the 1970s, earned him two more state government awards—for Swapnam and Taxi Driver. In 1978, when the Tamil film director J. Mahendran was searching for a cinematographer to shoot his directorial debut Mullum Malarum, he approached Malayalam cinematographer Ramachandra Babu; the latter, busy with his Malayalam film at the time, had suggested Ashok Kumar to Mahendran. However, based on actor Kamal Haasan's suggestion Balu Mahendra was selected for the film.
Meanwhile, Mahendran had watched some of Ashok Kumar's Malayalam films and found some of his angles and lighting techniques to be interesting. For his second film, Mahendran approached Ashok Kumar as Balu Mahendra was busy with his directorial, Azhiyadha Kolangal; the latter made his Tamil cinema debut. Following the film, Ashok Kumar continued to concentrate more on Tamil films, he became Mahendran's regular cinematographer and worked in nine of his twelve films, including Johnny, Nenjathai Killathe and Metti. For his work in Nenjathai Killathe, he won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography and Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Cinematographer. During the mid 1980s, Ashok Kumar concentrated ventured into commercial films, he shot K. Bhagyaraj's Darling, Darling and Mundhanai Mudichu, he worked in India's first 3D film. He worked with S. Shankar in Jeans, his Hindi films include Kamagni and Kehtaa Hai Dil Baar Baar. Bawandar received international acclaim and won the Best Film award in several international film festivals.
Ashok Kumar was awarded the V. Shantaram Award for Best Cinematography for the film. Ashok Kumar served as jury member of the 43rd National Film Awards. Over his film career, his assistants include P. S. Nivas, Suhasini Maniratnam and B. R. Vijayalakshmi. Contemporary cinematographers such as Ramachandra Babu, P. C. Sreeram, Ravi K. Chandran and Venu have spoken of being inspired by his work. Ashok Kumar had four sons. Two of his sons, Akash Aggarwal and Sameer Aggarwal are cinematographers, his family is based in Chennai. Following severe illness in June 2014, Ashok Kumar was admitted to hospitals in Hyderabad and Chennai where he had undergone treatment for a period of about six months before passing away on 22 October 2014 at the age of 73 in Chennai. 1980 – Nenjathai Killathe 1969 – Janmabhoomi 1973 – Swapnam 1977 – Taxi Driver 1980 – Nenjathai Killathe 1988 – Andru Peytha Mazhaiyil 2000 – Sri Sai Mahima 2000 – Best Cinematography for Bawandar Kamagni Ullam Kavarndha Kalvan Abhinandana Neerajanam Andru Peytha Mazhaiyil Thambikku Oru Paattu Kaama Sri Sai Mahima Khajuraho Ashok Kumar on IMDb